On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country of Nepal. More than 8,000 people were killed and thousands were missing in this poor, mountainous country where entire villages were flattened, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. In May 2015 Headwaters sent a team of volunteers to respond to the earthquake in Nepal. Our team was asked to provide training and support for early responders. We trained doctors and nurses and other local professionals in the hospital in Katmandu. We were also asked to go to villages to help children and adults affected by the earthquake both physically and emotionally to start to rebuild their lives.
We responded to the hospital and community in Jiri, Nepal. Jiri is known as the gateway to Mt. Everest. There we met Dr. Roshan Khatri, the medical director, who continued to operate the Jiri Hospital even though much of it had been destroyed.
Headwaters also responded to the earthquake by creating a children’s book Nepal Quake. This book teaches children what to do when an earthquake occurs. It also assists children in processing their feelings, empowering them and building resiliency. Headwaters distributed the book at multiple sites on follow up trips. It was later distributed by Dr. Roshan Khatri and Teach Nepal. In returning trips to Nepal, we also partnered with All Hands and Hearts. Dr. Khatri later came to volunteer with Headwaters in Haiti and Greece and is now our medical director.
“Nepal Quake” was created by a young girl and her father, with the support of emerging artists, in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015. The book teaches children about earthquakes and what to do when one occurs. It assists children to process their feelings and to understand normal reactions to traumatic events.
The book provides techniques to empower and assist children in building resiliency.
A teacher/caregiver guide is included, to support and provide guidance in the use of the book. “Nepal Quake” has been distributed directly by Headwaters and through Teach Nepal and other Non-Governmental Organizations.
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