Two major earthquakes struck Nepal in Spring 2015, with the first on the 25th April with a 7.8 magnitude and followed on the 12th May with a 7.2 magnitude quake. A total of 8,857 people died as a direct result of these disasters, and over 6 million people were affected.
In Gorkha district the earthquakes were particularly devastating. Many villages were affected, with buildings either partially or completely destroyed. CRS and their local implementing partners recognised both the need for quick emergency relief and for a long-term plan to secure the livelihoods of the communities that were worst affected. For that reason, they chose to implement QSAND to help ensure that shelter reconstruction met the needs of the local population and was led by community members who would maintain these structures in the future.