CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund

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.)

This fund supported this disaster:

Funding focus

Launched just days following the first earthquake the CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund determined that it would focus on four priorities:

  • Support vulnerable populations whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated;
  • Emphasize funding that is medium- and long-term in nature and based upon the prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months to come;
  • Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce; and
  • Foster collaborative relationships among donors—including the sharing of information with funders and nonprofit organizations.

The 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, Former President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy

The CDP Nepal Earthquake Recovery Fund awarded four cross-sectoral grants focused on child protection through direct research and advocacy, safe education spaces, and nutrition.

The grants collectively reached more than 30,000 direct beneficiaries in areas affected by the Nepal earthquake.

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