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Women supported by ActionAid following the Nepal earthquakes - many of whom are helping lead the rebuild in their community.

Today marks one year since the people of Nepal suffered the catastrophic death and destruction caused by the first of two massive earthquakes.

Mayia, one of 120,000 people who ActionAid has helped in Nepal since the earthquakes last April.

Monday 25th April marks 12 months since the first of two earthquakes hit Nepal, claiming over 8,000 lives, destroying over 600,000 homes and causing pain and loss that cannot possibly be measured in numbers. The spirit and determination of Nepalese people to recover and rebuild has been remarkable though.Thanks to your support ActionAid has been able to help hundreds of families to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. We spoke to some of the women we've been helping to learn how they are getting on, one year on.

Mina is a social mobiliser and volunteer for ActionAid in Sindupalchowk, Nepal

Mina is a 24-year-old volunteer, and she is coordinating the rebuild of homes and schools in her village in Nepal with ActionAid. She lives in Sindupalchowk, one of the regions that was worst hit by the earthquakes that struck Nepal six months ago this week. Here, she describes her work and why it's so important that the women of Nepal are at the heart of rebuilding their communities.

Teresa passing the ActionAid cheering point during the London Marathon 2015

In 2015 I ran the London Marathon for ActionAid - it was a life’s ambition, something I’ve wanted to do since the very first London Marathon 35 years ago. And I wasn’t let down. 

One of 30,000 classrooms destroyed by the Nepal earthquakes, at a school in Kot Danda. The message on the blue board reads, "Welcome to our school".

Children in the UK are getting ready to go back to school excited, refreshed and full of energy after their summer break (their parents are probably quite relieved to be waving them off too!). Not so in Nepal. Nepal's school year starts in May, but with 30,000 classrooms destroyed and many schools still closed since the devastating earthquakes that struck earlier this year, going back to school isn’t as straightforward for children living in a country where people are trying to rebuild their lives.

Laxmi, 35, and her nine-year-old daughter, Kanchan, stand inside their new temporary shelter, Rasuwa District, Nepal.

Since the two earthquakes hit Nepal in April 2015, thousands of homeless families like Tek's have been struggling to survive, using whatever materials they can find to make makeshift shelters. But these are not strong enough to protect them against the monsoon rains. ActionAid has provided toolkits and materials to help families build strong temporary shelters. Here we share the stories of three families we've helped - and what their new homes mean to them.