When a giant 7.8 magnitude earthquake tore through the village of Bhumesthan, Dhading in late April 2015; nearly 8,000 people in Nepal lost their lives and 10,00,000 people were forced from their homes. Many people lost their homes, only source of income was swept away.
The earthquake in Dhading left children homeless and at heightened risk of exploitation. Many were traumatized by what they’d been through. Some were alone, separated from their families amid the chaos. Through the generous support of our donors, AAROH was able to mount a rapid, largescale response that helped save many children’s lives. Children like Rashmita and here is her story.
One moment Rashmita was having her hair braided as she enjoyed some quality time with her mum, the next she and the rest of her family were running from their home in terror as a massive earthquake made the walls around them shake. They only just managed to escape their house as a second tremor brought it crashing down completely. With their home in ruins, the family spent a months sleeping under tarpaulins in the jungle. Rashmita’s health became so worse and after one month her parents brought her to the hospital and she was diagnosed with malaria. As a result of her malaria going untreated for so long, Rashmita’s growth has been stunted. While she is sometimes self-conscious because she is smaller than her peers at school.
Although Rashmita has experienced so much loss, she is excited about the future ahead. It’s been 6 years since I’ve been to school,” Rashmita said. “I am ready to study English and I can’t wait for the future. “I would tell (AAROH) ‘thank you!’ because they have done good for me in my life.”
She hopes to become a teacher.
*Name has been changed to protect identity
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