How it all began

In April 2015 a 7.8 Magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal causing deaths, horrific injuries and widespread destruction of buildings.

This was the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years. Only 17 days later a further 7.3 Magnitude struck the country again, resulting in further deaths, injuries and building collapses.

The combined death toll was over 8,600 people with more than 22,000 seriously injured. 800,000 family homes were left uninhabitable. Many of the most remote and hard to reach villages were the worst to be affected.

 

Response

This photo was taken by Graeme Howell on his very first trip out to some of the worst affected regions in Nepal.

This photo was taken by Graeme Howell on his very first trip out to some of the worst affected regions in Nepal.

Graeme Howell, the founder of Worldwide Action, felt duty bound to help in whatever way he possibly could. He packed a sleeping bag, took his own rations and water sanitation to be able to be self sufficient, and called upon friends and family to support in order to deliver aid and care where it was desperately needed.

Thanks to the kind support and donations from friends, family and local volunteers in Nepal, Graeme was able to deliver rice, sanitation, water purification drops, soap and detergent, first aid, childrens and babies clothing, nappies, tarpaulins and corrugated metal for shelters, electrolyte tablets, teaching equipment, sports equipment and funded a JCB digger to clear rubble.

Graeme Howell - ex military, former firefighter and the founder of Worldwide Action

Graeme Howell - ex military, former firefighter and the founder of Worldwide Action

One of the children receiving much needed treatment thanks to the first aid equipment delivered by Graeme and some kind volunteers

One of the children receiving much needed treatment thanks to the first aid equipment delivered by Graeme and some kind volunteers

Over 3600 kg of rice was delivered to families who had lost everything

Over 3600 kg of rice was delivered to families who had lost everything

These two little boys caught Graeme's heart - he saw them sitting on the street and asked if they were ok.. this was their reponse

These two little boys caught Graeme's heart - he saw them sitting on the street and asked if they were ok.. this was their reponse

What he saw and experienced there was to be the beginning of the journey to create Worldwide Action and he continues to forge partnerships and connections with like minded individuals, other charities and corporate supporters who are all committed to the same endeavour - to help children worldwide who are in need the most.