"We could not sleep the whole night as our village was filled with water" - Nepal
Manisha*, eight, has been severely affected by the 2017 floods in Rautahat district, Nepal. Her home was badly damaged. She was forced to take shelter in her neighbour's house with the rest of her family. Like Manisha, thousands of children have been displaced by the August 2017 widespread flooding in Nepal. "We could not sleep the whole night as our village was filled with water. The day time was also scary as the water level rose. We had no idea how we would be saved. When one of the [house] walls fell down as a result of the rain, we started to worry even more,” said Manisha.
Plan International's Australian Humanitarian Partnership funded project in Nepal worked to protect and support vulnerable households in their recovery from the flood. This involved reestablishing safe learning environments for children, improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and strengthening child and community protection mechanisms.
* Names have been changed.
Date of photo: August 2017
In 2017, Plan International Australia received $500,000 through the AHP for their Nepal floods response. Activity locations are in the districts of Rautahat, Bardiya and Sunsari, with activities in protection and education sectors. The length of the response is September 2017 - September 2018.