The death toll has exceeded 7 000 with more than 14 000 people sustaining injuries across the country. The hospitals in Kathmandu and surrounding areas have been overwhelmed with field hospitals being set up to try and cope with the numbers of people needing medical attention.
Luckily all of the residents of Khagendra escaped relatively unharmed and the building has shown no signs of damage. The residents initially slept outside for safety as the country was subjected to a number of sizeable aftershocks. As the aftershocks have lessened residents have started to move back inside.
First Chance Nepal have started to think about the future and are aware of the high numbers of people who will have sustained debilitating injuries. Due to the geographical lay out of Nepal many people may not be able to return to their old ways of life and will turn to centres such as Khagendra for long term help.
It is therefore more essential than ever that we continue to strive to help improve the lives of disabled people in Nepal and enable them to be as independent and functional in society as possible.