The earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015, with a magnitude of 7.8 was the worst in more than 80 years. Earthquakes can be more devastating than other natural disasters because they usually occur without warning. They can also be more difficult to respond to because the ability of relief organizations to access and maneuver within the affected region is hampered by damage to airports, roads blocked by debris, and buildings unsafe to enter.

Photo: Krish Dulal used under a Creative Commons License.


The CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund focused on the unique needs of child protection following disaster in a country where children were already extremely vulnerable. We awarded four cross-sectoral grants, focused on child protection through direct research and advocacy, safe education spaces, and nutrition.

Grantmaking Timeline

We raised approximately $600,000 for this Fund.

December 2015 – Full fund distribution

Grant Committee

The grant committee included:

Committee Chair: Lori J. Bertman, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge- based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. Lori is the co-founder and chairman of the board of CDP.

Bikash Pandey, Director of Innovations, Clean Energy, Environment and Water group, Winrock International

Erin Potts, CEO & Co-Founder, Revolutions Per Minute

George Varughese, Country Representative, Nepal, The Asia Foundation

Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy


All Hands Volunteers received $100,000 to rebuild earthquake-devastated schools with a total enrollment of 1,667 students in Nepal’s Nuwakot District, where nearly 90 percent of the schools were destroyed. All Hands summarized their impact in the “Nepal Earthquake Impact Report: Two Years On.”

Plan International USA received $219,690 to fund its Fighting Against Child Trafficking in Emergencies (FACTE) Project in Nepal.

Project HOPE received $219,956 to strengthen the maternal newborn and child health service delivery system and improve hygiene behavior in the Makawanpur District of Nepal.

Shakti Samuha received $61,264 to reduce vulnerability to human trafficking and other kinds of violence by providing income generation skills and education support for women and children in the districts of Sindupalchowk, Ramechhap, and Sindhuli.

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For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:

Regine A. Webster
Vice President
(206) 972-0187