7 May 2015
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Over 8 million people have been affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on 25 April 2015. The United Nations Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was one of the first contributors to help humanitarian partners deliver urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people left vulnerable by the devastation.

On 28 April, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos approved US$15 million through CERF to enable UN Agencies to rapidly scale up operations and provide immediate assistance focusing on six clusters: Child Protection, Food Assistance, Logistics and Humanitarian Air Services, Protection Against Gender-based Violence, Shelter and Water and Sanitation and Hygiene.

CERF-funded projects are as follows:

-$4.7 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the distribution of hygiene kits, construction of temporary latrines and bathing spaces for 235,000 people and distribution of safe water. UNICEF will also provide child-friendly spaces where children will receive psychosocial care, basic clothing and other essential items.

-$4.9 million to The World Food Programme (WFP) for the deployment of personnel and the delivery of 1,500 Metric Tons of food distributed to some 200,000 people. WFP has positioned supplies to feed about half a million people in the worst-affected areas.

-$3.5 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for the distribution of emergency shelter kits and relief items benefitting approximately 50,000 people. IOM will also carry out profiling of displaced people and support camp management at spontaneous sites.

-$753,815 to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for the provision of dignity kits for 15,000 women and will also facilitate awareness activities at the community level. The UN estimates that approximately 40,000 women are at immediate risk of sexual and gender-based violence after the earthquake.

The CERF-funded activities are scheduled to be completed in three months.

More information on CERF’s rapid response grant to Nepal can be found here.