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Simjung: then and now

See the before and after images to see how far the people of Simjung have come.
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Aug 8, 2016
Simjung lies in Nepal's Ghorka district – one of the regions hit hardest by the devastating earthquakes that struck in 2015.
Humnath and his wife. Credit: WaterAid/Mani Karmachayra
The loss of our daughter-in-law, home and cattle affected all of us very badly. My wife was severely injured and nobody thought she was going to recover. But, with time, she is able to do her day-to-day activities. We are doing fine with each passing day.

Humnath, 83,

pictured with his wife Junumaya in Simjung, Nepal

Overnight, nearly 5,000 people in Simjung – 95% of the population – lost their homes. They also found themselves with little access to the most basic resources, including clean water and toilets. 12 months on, most people have been able to move back to their homes or have built temporary shelters. But restoring access to taps and toilets remains a priority – which is where your incredible support, and our work with local partners, comes in.

To see how things are changing, simply click on the circle on each image and drag from side to side.




Humnath’s home was completely destroyed in the earthquakes, but today he's making plans for a new brick house – and has started by building a new toilet. 



Nepal was rocked by two earthquakes, the first of which hit 7.8 on the Richter scale. The country also faced ongoing aftershocks, which caused even more damage to shattered communities.




At first, schools and healthcare centers were operating in open fields under temporary shelters. A year on, some are ready to be used again.





As well as building water points and toilets, your support has helped set up handwashing lessons in schools, so children can get back to learning in a clean, safe environment.




Building back better means that, as well as helping people access safe water and toilets, we're helping to build resilience, so communities can cope better with disasters in the future. 


How your support has helped change lives in Nepal