By making flowers we were able to help youth in Nepal after a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake. Through this mini challenge, a shorter time frame than typical, $200,000 was donated to Save the Children’s efforts to create a safe, educational environment for youth in Nepal.
A Mini Challenge for Disaster Recovery
By the Numbers
During this Challenge, 15 countries and 42 states in the United States sent in garlands of flowers. 182 teams participated across elementary, middle, and high schools all over the world.
Because of the efforts of students across the world Save the Children was able to provide post-earthquake support to children and families in Nepal.
What Happened with the Flower Garlands?
A selection of the garlands of flowers made by kids across the world was delivered to Nepali children by Save the Children.
When a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, you helped.
On April 25, 2015 a 7.9 magnitude earthquake killed over 8,000 people and damaged or destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, schools, health facilities, roads, and parks in the mountainous central region surrounding the capital of Kathmandu.
Natural disasters can be a major disruption for a child’s education.
Hundreds of thousands of children in Nepal found themselves without homes, schools, or safe places to play. Over 30,000 classrooms were destroyed, leaving more than a million children without a safe place to learn. Many other schools were left without safe drinking water or access to working restrooms. Rebuilding schools helped students in Nepal feel like a part of life was back to normal.
Handmade flowers and heartfelt connection.
In Nepal, people use flowers during important ceremonies and to greet visitors with warmth and affection. Thousands of miles away, children from all over the world spent their summer busily creating beautiful flower garlands. Together, young people created thousands of handmade flower garlands. The Bezos Family Foundation matched each garland with funding, resulting in a $200,000 donation to Save the Children's emergency response in Nepal.
Garlands made by teams helped Save the Children build 61 child-friendly safe spaces, including temporary shelters for learning, safe spaces for play, repairing damaged schools, and giving out back-to-school kits. In total, 254,500 children in Nepal were reached.
Delivering flowers and hope to Nepalese children.
Such a tragic experience left many young people in Nepal feeling sad and scared. The funds generated through your contributions trained teachers to help their students these feelings, and your flower garlands helped too. Save the Children delivered garlands from around the world to Nepalese children to let them know how much you cared.
Where We Came From