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Nepal Earthquake Relief Programme

Location: Nepal
Number of students: 390
Active from: January 29 – February 04, 2016, second phase in preparation
Partners: World Taekwondo Cares Programme

On April 25, 2016, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. 18 days later another earthquake, this time of 7.3 magnitude, hit the Himalayan country for a second time. In whole, 8’600 people died, a further 16’000 were injured and 2.8 million were left in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Thinking beyond basic survival and rebuilding of the country, World Taekwondo (WT), together with the nascent Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF), created the Nepal Earthquake Relief Programme. This programme set out to send taekwondo equipment and high-level taekwondo instructors to earthquake-hit Nepalese areas in order to train local taekwondo instructors that would in turn offer taekwondo trainings to children living in those areas (‘Train the Trainers’).

 

 

The end goals was simple: to empower these children and the local population through the practice of taekwondo, giving them hope and the spirit to rise again.

In early 2016, seminars and trainings were given to senior local instructors and children in 3 earthquake-hit areas. Almost 400 children were trained and equipped with taekwondo gear. The regions of Sindhupalchowk, Khadichaur, Pipaldada, Yamunadada, Ramechhap, Tatopani, Barabishe, Jiri and Manthali benefited from World Taekwondo’s actions.

 

Nepal Earthquake Relief Programme

 

Individual Success Story - Raja Khadka
Born in Nepal in 2004, Raja Khadka, a pupil at Shree Bal Shikchha, will never forget the day the earth shook. His home was totally destroyed by the earthquake and was left with no hope. However, as a taekwondo fan, when the WT & THF delegation visited his hometown, his spirits were lifted and he was able to enjoy training taekwondo alongside 389 other children affected by the earthquake.

 

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