HKI's Nepal Earthquake Emergency Response Efforts

Helen Keller International is working on rapid assessment of critical nutrition needs in collaboration with Nepal’s District Disaster Response teams, leveraging our wealth of knowledge and experience as a leading nonprofit  working in Nepal for nearly 30 years. 

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We are specifically determining the needs of young children and pregnant and lactating women, focusing on 10 of the most badly hit districts where we currently operate:

  • Dolka
  • Sindupalchok
  • Nuwakot
  • Rasuwa
  • Dhading
  • Gorkha
  • Lamjung
  • Syangja
  • Palpa
  • Parbhat  

We are also planning support in five additional districts where we are about to launch a nutrition initiative:

  • Ramechap
  • Makwanpur
  • Sindhuli
  • Oklandunga
  • Updayapur

Our staff and partners are on the ground in all of these districts, and able to effectively reach at-risk women and young children, who are particularly vulnerable in emergency situations. Based on our assessments and in coordination with Government of Nepal, our response is likely to include distribution of supplementary food, micronutrient powders (single-dose packets of vitamins and minerals) and vitamin A supplements, as well as other efforts to prevent malnutrition for the hundreds of thousands made homeless through this disaster.

Helen Keller International is a global leader in nutrition, with a longstanding history of responding to communities in critical need. We led the largest-ever distribution of micronutrient powders in response to the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia – efforts that directly informed the World Health Organization’s guidelines on Emergency Nutrition Response. We will now bring our full experience to bear in Nepal to help save lives at this crucial moment.

Please continue to keep the people of Nepal in your hearts, and consider supporting our efforts in any way you can – everything makes a difference in an emergency. We will keep you posted on the status of our response efforts as they develop.