#NepalQuake After a month

It was a month ago a big earthquake hit Nepal and people from over 14 districts were adversely affected. Aftershocks still continue but lives are returning to normal slowly. It is highly appreciable how we Nepali have been patient, helped one another and showed great deal of resilience despite such large scale calamity. 

Things will change for ever. Nothing remains same, this period of adversity will pass soon. Hope remains and life goes on!



#NepalQuake Sindhupalchowk pictures

Sindhupalchowk, the worst affected district by 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April has been further severely affected by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that followed on 12 May. Over 95% buildings have been reported damaged in Chautara. Over 3426 deaths have been confirmed dead from this district alone. I visited it last week: 10-15 May.

  This previously damaged house collapsed in front of us 10 minutes after the 12 May Quake.   The situation at Sano Sirubari, Chautara Municipality.

   On the way to Sindhupalchowk, over 66000 have been damaged by EQ.

The damaged house and old men at Sano Sirubari.

NRCS volunteers providing psychological first aid to women in Kubinde.

The house that titled backwards in Chautara. A tenant remarks our house is sleeping now.

  We were inside this tent, conducting group discussion with female community health volunteers, when the Tuesday earthquake occurred.

The community orientation about psychological first aid at Kalika VDC.


#NepalQuake ktm Pictures

  Dharahara, no more, a tall structure we loved looking for from far away place in the valley.

  Jaisidewal temple was also damaged by April 25 EQ.

  Tripureshwor. King still stands!

  Basantapur – Memory only now.

Surprised by tall building at Itumbahal which was unaffected by EQ.

#NepalQuake Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Response


Many compassionate people around the world have been touched by this disaster and suffering. They are starting to provide help in many ways. There are also initiatives being taken for mental health and psychosocial support response.

MHPSS.NET has opened up Nepal 2015 Earthquake Response Group  to share resources and information about the MHPSS response to the 25 April Disaster. If you are involved in the response or would like to contribute to resources, please join http://mhpss.net/groups/current-mhpss-emergency-responses/nepal-2015-earthquake-response/ Thanks to Ananda Galappatti (Sri Lanka), from The Good Practice Group and Wietse A. Tol for taking lead to organize and contributing valuable resources in this group.

HeartMind International in collaboration with TPO Nepal is preparing the response for both the short-term and long-term consequences of the earthquake on psychosocial well-being and mental health. They have made an appeal for donation for this effort: http://heartmindinternational.org/earthquake_response.html Dr. Brandon Kohrt have worked in Nepal for over a decade now and he is going to lead the response in order to ensure providing culturally appropriate and sustainable psychosocial services and interventions to earthquake affected families and children.

Several crowd funding have started online to support MHPSS activites in coming days.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, Scotland UK: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund-scotland-uk has been created by Claudia van Zuiden, solution-focused practitioner who have worked in Nepal before.

Disaster Relief and Psychological First Aid Near the Epicenter: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kopila-nepal-earthquake-response–2 has been created by Bonnie Walker on behalf of Kopila Nepal.

Nepal Red Cross Society have mobilized 12 PFA volunteers in Kathmandu valley from today and plans to extend this service with more volunteers in other districts as well.

TPO Nepal has started its work in Sindhupalchowk from today, Dristy Gurung, a friend shared in her facebook status.

Mental Hospital, Lagankhel is organizing mobile clinic around the valley for the services.

Some information can be obtained at: http://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/nepal/protection and can be learned how different humanitarian actors and organizations are supporting at this time.


#NepalQuake After a Week


A week ago on April 25, 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal causing the large scale damage and casualties. The most affected districts are Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap. It is the biggest earthquake in Nepal since 1934 (1990 BS) 80 years ago. Over 6,200 people are known to have died as a result, and many others are injured, homeless and displaced. There is a humanitarian crisis and many people are still awaiting for relief. Aftershocks are still being felt, latest this afternoon, so, people are still fearful and worried about their safety. Many people have not only lost their lives, homes and safety. They have been also mentally affected and the consequences will unfold in the days to come, immediately or soon after.  People are resilient by nature and not everyone who experienced a disaster will develop mental health or psychological problems. However, MHPSS support can play crucial role in promoting psychological well-being and preventing adverse psychological impact/results. Psychological first aid along with relief support for basic needs (tarpaulins, blankets, food and utensils) can prevent the psychological damage of Nepali people.


Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal

Dear All,

Please, read the messages sent by Sauharda and Brandon below. Help us in any way you can, you can donate or volunteer for providing psychological first aid service to earthquake survivors.



———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Sauharda Rai <sauharda.rai@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM
Subject: Fwd: Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal

Dear all

While relief are pouring all over to support the victims and families of the devastating earthquake that took place in Nepal; we are working to provide Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) to them with the people here at Duke, Heartmind International and TPO Nepal.

It would be great if you could donate and/or forward the email by Dr Brandon Kohrt, President of Heartmind International within your network to raise fund for psychosocial and mental health support for the survivors and families in Nepal.

Thankyou everyone !!


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Brandon Kohrt <brandonkohrt@heartmindinternational.org>
Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Psychosocial and mental health support for earthquake survivors in Nepal
To: info@heartmindinternational.org

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you all for your support and concern for the families affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. As you know, the death toll continues to rise with 4,800 confirmed dead. The United Nations estimates that 8 million people have been affected throughout the country through lack of shelter, food and water, and access to medical care.

Working with colleagues in Nepal and around the world, we are preparing our response for both the short-term and long-term consequences of the earthquake on psychosocial well-being and mental health. Please donate today through HeartMind International to support our work with earthquake affected families and children.







A decade of preparation

One can never be fully prepared for such devastation and loss of life, but this risk is something we have anticipated in Nepal. During the past decade, I have worked with Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal, a mental health and psychosocial support Nepali NGO, which is now in partnership with HeartMind International. TPO-Nepal and HeartMind International have been dedicated to responding to and preparing for humanitarian crises.

Our work began by addressing the psychological consequences upon children, including child soldiers, and adults of a decade-long civil war. Then in 2009, TPO-Nepal and other colleagues drafted the mental health and psychosocial support contingency plan for response to emergencies, with the risk of earthquakes on everyone’s mind. TPO-Nepal and  colleagues culturally-adapted the World Health Organization-endorsed psychological first aid implementation and training materials. We have demonstrated the benefit of intervening early with these programs through our response to floods in western Nepal in 2014 and massive fires in southwestern Nepal in 2012.

Ready to help

With your support, TPO-Nepal’s staff of more than 140 people experienced in disaster and emergency situations  will make a dramatic difference to earthquake survivors throughout the country. Please donate today to help the children, women, and men impacted by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Thank you,


Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD

President / Director  

HeartMind International


Donate today at heartmindinternational.org

#Nepalearthquake MHPSS online resources

Dear All,

You can join this group to obtain and add the resources to support your community: http://mhpss.net/…/nepal-2015-earthquake-response/resources/ ‪#‎nepalearthquake‬

Also, attached herewith are two important documents related to psychosocial support: Psychological First Aid and IASC MHPSS Guidelines (both in Nepali).

TPO Nepal book PFA.PDF
IASC MHPSS Guidelines Nepali Version.pdf