Nepal earthquake

On April 25th a massive earthquake hit Nepal. Many people we work with in three of our projects in Gorkha, Pokhara and Kathmandu have been seriously affected. Our staff are delivering emergency relief, as well as planning reconstruction.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, we are delivering services where they are needed most:

  • Water treatment to reduce deaths by disease, especially in infants
  • Emergency shelters for homes, and public facilities, eg. toilets
  • Energy generation - lighting and heating, including for medical centres
  • Solar communication technology for mobile phone charging

We have teams working in Gorkha and Dhading districts, to provide temporary shelters and supply clean water and sanitation.  Specifically, we are focussing on Asrang, Borlang and Suarpani in Gorkha, and Jogimara, Jyamrung and Salyantar in Dhading.

In the communities in Gorkha where we are helping, 89% of houses have been damaged and 43 people are known to have been killed. In Dhading, up to 95% of houses in each village were damaged or destroyed, and 25 people died.

We are distributing food, beds, tarpaulins and other shelter materials to vulnerable people made homeless by the earthquake, to be followed by toilet materials and 6,000 relief tents. Wherever possible we are sourcing food and materials from within Nepal, with only tents coming from India. Protecting local markets is a vital part of helping the community recover. In the week to 10 May we supported 5,634 families.

A further massive earthquake, registering around 7.4, centred on Dolhaka, hit Nepal on 12 May, causing further damage. Latest updates

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About us

Practical Action is committed to poverty alleviation in Nepal by providing appropriate technology in a sustainable way by bringing sound technical knowledge and global experience to the field of appropriate technology development.

The guiding principles of Practical Action South Asia Regional Office are technology justice, innovation and scaling up.

During the 2012-17 strategic period, we have prioritised working areas into four main sectors and two cross-cutting sectors, realising our comparative advantages in these sectors.

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Access to energy

The Energy programme in Nepal plans to increase access to energy in lightning, and clean and efficient technologies for cooking, benefiting 150,000 rural populations.

Energy projects in Nepal

Agriculture, markets and food security

This programme strives to bring a visible impact on food security situation in rural areas through improving the agricultural input technology, increasing access to smallholders' friendly irrigation scheme, and market system development.

Food security projects in Nepal

Urban water, waste and sanitation

The programme aims to improve the health of 150,000 urban residents, through increased awareness, providing access to safe drinking water, better sanitation facilities, waste services and proper solid waste management, and practicing safe hygiene behaviours.

Urban projects in Nepal

Disaster risk reduction

Practical Action's works in the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) sector intends to save lives, livelihoods and properties of women and men residing in the vulnerable parts of the country by building their resilience.

Disaster projects in Nepal

We also embed two cross-cutting sectors across our programme work: climate change and markets.

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Our technical information service offers free downloads of practical information on a range of development topics.

We also have a technical enquiry service where anyone working in poverty reduction, or on small-scale technology projects, can ask a question and receive a response from our local experts free of charge


Practical Action Consulting (PAC) Asia offers high quality development consultancy services in Nepal, Bangladesh, north east and west India, Bhutan and other region wide projects. It also offers indirect delivery capabilities through partners in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Annual report

Read more about our programmes, influencing and knowledge sharing work in the Annual report and financial summary for Practical Action's South Asia office for 2013-14.

South Asia annual report

Where we work

Our Nepal head office is in Kathmandu. We have regional offices in Chitwan and Nepalgunj, Banke, and field offices in Doti.

Practical Action's work in Nepal is managed as part of our South Asia regional office, which is also in Kathmandhu.

Contact us

Practical Action, Narayan Gopal Sadak, Paninpokhari, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal | Regional and field offices
Tel: +977-1-4423639 / 4423640 | Email:

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