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Building Back Together: Nepal, One Year Later

USAID recovery and reconstruction projects, like Baliyo Ghar, train construction professionals and homeowners on how to build back safer using local materials and earthquake-resistant best practices. / Laxman Shrestha for USAID/Nepal

A year ago today, a devastating 7.8 earthquake took 9,000 lives and injured 25,000 people. As we put the past year behind us, Mission Director Peter Malnak takes a look back at what USAID helped accomplish together with the people of Nepal.

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The Real Heroes Behind USAID’s Nepal Earthquake Response

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One year ago, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing 9,000 people and destroying 605,000 houses. Within hours, USAID deployed a DART with urban search-and-rescue experts to help save lives. Our DART leader talks about the unsung heroes of the response.

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Canines Deployed with USAID Help in Search for Survivors in Nepal

Teresa MacPherson of Catlett, Va., with canine responder Port in Nepal. / Kahish Das Shrestha for USAID

Rescue canine siblings Phayu and Port, from Virginia, joined USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team in searching for survivors after Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake last month.

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U.S. Increases Funding to Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

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On a visit to Nepal, USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso E. Lenhardt announced an additional $11 million for earthquake relief efforts and outlined the U.S. response going forward. The additional funding reflects an enduring U.S. commitment to the Nepali people.

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“I remember it like it was yesterday. The entire city just shrunk.”

USAID’s Haiti Earthquake Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader Tim Callaghan and USAID Administrator Raj Shah during the 2010 response. / USAID.

On January 12, 2010—five years ago today—a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked Port-au-Prince and forever changed Haiti. I was struck by the tragedy and inspired by the Haitian people’s resilience. It is something I will never forget.

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Haiti’s Recovery Won’t Happen Overnight

A row of damaged houses and buildings in the Cité Soleil neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Four years after the disaster, almost 75 percent of earthquake rubble has been removed and 89 percent of the 1.5 million displaced population have left camps for alternative housing options.

As Haiti leaves behind the era of post-earthquake relief and focuses now on longer-term development, USAID is striving to build the capacity of local organizations to lead and manage development initiatives.

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Strengthening Earthquake Response Efforts Across Asia

As one of his first official duties as the new USAID/OFDA Director, Jeremy Konyndyk signed a Letter of Coordination with CEA Administrator Chen Jianmin. Photo credit: USAID

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance strengthens a partnership with the China Earthquake Administration to collaborate on future disaster responses. Read more >>

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Bringing the Private Sector into Disaster Risk Reduction

Direct economic losses from disasters during this century—including the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami —are estimated at $2.5 trillion. Photo credit: Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock/U.S. Air Force

Incorporating the private sector into the process of reducing disaster risks in hazard-prone communities is necessary in today’s world. Read more >>

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Mapping Lebanon

Grace Abou-Jaoude Estephan, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the Lebanese American University. Photo credit: Grace Abou-Jaoude

In celebration of Women’s History month, USAID interviews Grace Abou-Jaoude Estephan, Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at the Lebanese American University.

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Haiti “A Country Undeniably on the Move”

Originally posted in The Miami Herald It’s been two years since one of the most deadly natural disasters of the modern era devastated one of the poorest countries in the world. Even with an unprecedented international response in partnership with the Haitian government, the sheer scale of the 7.0 earthquake—which killed 230,000 people and displaced […]

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