How Women Are Rebuilding After A Devastating Earthquake That Killed 9,000

Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Almost 9,000 people died. More than 600,000 houses, and some ancient buildings, crumbled. Millions were affected by its aftermath.

One year later, much of the rubble is still on the ground, but the survivors aren't giving up.

To mark the first anniversary of the earthquake, the Global Fund for Women is sharing photojournalist Alison Wright's images documenting women helping the country recover from the tragedy.

Last summer, Wright, who spent more than four years living in Nepal, visited people who received help from some of the fund's 18 grantee partners, which are on the ground helping Nepal relief efforts. She learned the survivors' stories of how their lives have changed, and how they are rebuilding Nepal, since the earthquake struck.

"What I'm seeing here is breaking my heart, this country is such a part of me being as it was my home for so many years," Wright wrote in a blog post about the photo series. "These people don't deserve this. No one does."

After the earthquake, the Global Fund for Women's grantee partners helped provide tents and other temporary shelters for women displaced by the earthquake. One year later, many of these women still live in temporary shelters, and the fund is focusing on long-term ways to help the survivors, including providing them with healthcare services and counseling.

The survivors are carrying on after the attacks, but they still need support.

To help with the earthquake recovery efforts, you can donate to the Nepal Youth Foundation, which helps provide Nepalese children with shelter and education. The Global Fund for Women is also sponsoring the #StandwithNepal campaign to mark the earthquake's anniversary, and you can send a message of support to the female survivors here. You can also donate to the Global Fund for Women and its partners in Nepal, which are still helping women recover from the earthquake, here.

Ahead, powerful photos and captions of survivors provided by Wright and the Global Fund for Women.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
The Women Awareness Centre Nepal (WACN) supplies local women in Panchkl Pipaldanda, Kavre, with sheets of zinc-corrugated tin for rebuilding homes and shelters with funds from Global Fund for Women. Here, WACN founder Prativa Subedi (second from right) joins other women in lifting one of the sheets.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Romina Shreshtha, 14, winnows corn through an initiative with Tewa's "barefoot volunteers" program, in which female volunteers across Nepal work with families in their own communities to help them find new sources of income and rebuild after the earthquake.
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Women and their young children gather for a presentation by Lily Thapa, founder of Women for Human Rights, in Gorkha. Most of these women are single and lost their homes in the earthquake. Many were airlifted from remote villages to receive shelter, support, and baskets with necessities for their babies and children, as well as trainings through Women for Human Rights.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Gomola Tamang expresses her gratitude to WACN for her education and, now, a new roof that houses her and her two children. Tamang told the organization's leader, Subedi, "You are like a mother to me." Tamang is learning to grow cauliflower, cucumbers, and other vegetables, using organic pesticides, for her family and to sell to outside markets through WACN's farmers school program.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Nirmala stands in front of what remains of her home in Kavre district after the earthquake. Tewa is now working to financially support her and provide shelter for her and her family.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Laxmi, 19, enjoys her new internship at the Boudhanath police station. SASANE organization rescued Laxmi from a rural village, where she had been trafficked, and they are helping her rebuild her life with this internship and rights trainings.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
A young woman who was displaced by the earthquake cleans bricks outside the Gorkha Palace Museum, where Women for Human Rights set up temporary shelters for dozens of single women who lost their homes in remote villages.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
A woman poses with her daughter at their store. She hopes for a good education for her daughter.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
A woman learns how to make cloth sanitary pads for her own use and as part of a small income-generating project, an initiative led by the Beyond Beijing Committee in Thimi, Bhaktapur.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Children who survived the earthquake smile and clap along at a music and dance festival arranged by Saathi to provide a creative outlet for them to relieve their stress and trauma from the earthquake.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
A young girl peers out of the tent set up with help from Loom, where her family is currently living, after their home was destroyed in the earthquake.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Two women raise a tin roof panel for their temporary home, set up with help from Saathi in Lalitpur.
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Women and men work together to rebuild temporary shelters at the Gorkha Palace Museum with Women for Human Rights.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
Three young women participate in a momo (dumpling)-making demonstration. Through a program with SASANE, they put on momo demonstrations for tourists and provide them with lunch to generate income to support their livelihoods.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
A woman smiles in her new temporary shelter, set up with support from Saathi.
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Photo: Alison Wright for Global Fund for Women.
"This young girl emerging from her makeshift muddy tarp home in her clean school uniform and braided hair tied in neat blue ribbons just encapsulated the situation in Nepal to me — no matter what hardship is thrown at them, the people of Nepal will always have their pride," Wright said.
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