International Assistance Group: rebuilding the future for Nepalese schoolchildren
PARIS, May 25, 2016 – International Assistance Group (IAG), the world’s largest alliance of independent assistance companies, contributes to help rebuild a school in Nepal after it was destroyed by the earthquake.
On 25th April 2015, Nepal was struck by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. The disaster left 8,600 people dead, 21,000 injured and 800,000 homes destroyed; it is estimated to have directly affected a quarter of the Nepalese population, including 1,000,000 children whose lives and education were abruptly interrupted. In the immediate aftermath, International Assistance Group’s (IAG) Partners in the region, Alpine Rescue Service (Nepal) and East West Rescue (India) worked tirelessly around the clock to organize emergency medical evacuations for other IAG Partners who had hundreds of clients stranded in Nepal.
One year on, the gradual process of rebuilding the nation continues, but the pace of progress is slow – especially given the constant threat of further seismic activity and the political unrest triggered by the sheer scale of the challenge ahead. In the months following the disaster, Alpine Rescue Service, the IAG Assistance Partner in Nepal, initiated “Mission: Rebuild Nepal” with the aim of reconstructing some of the country’s key institutions. In particular, Alpine Rescue Service decided to focus their efforts on helping a generation of children get back into education. This need was especially pressing because, as international charity UNICEF reported in 2015, 90% of schools had been destroyed in some areas, while 24,000 of the country’s classrooms had been rendered unusable.
In July 2015, International Assistance Group made a large donation to Alpine Rescue’s fund to rebuild Shree Achane Higher Secondary School in Dhading, Nepal: an institution attended by 776 students before the structure collapsed during the catastrophe. “Despite delays caused by monsoon rains and the fuel embargo crisis in late 2015, we are very pleased to announce that the construction work is now underway. Provided there are no further setbacks over the next few weeks, this part of the project should be completed by August 2016, helping the children and the wider community to return to a more normal daily routine,” mentioned Ram Bahadur Nepal Chhetri, Managing Director at Alpine Rescue Service.
As a result of their experience and expertise in this field, IAG has a unique insight into the impact of both natural and man-made disasters, and what it takes to rescue people and rebuild lives in the days, months and years that follow. The group understands that the process of healing a nation continues long after the first-response missions are complete and all tourists have been safely repatriated. “We believe that it is extremely important for IAG to contribute to such a meaningful cause, which will provide education to over 700 Nepalese students. We are proud to be part of Alpine Rescue’s project because we recognize that education plays a key role in society,” concluded Cécile Hermetz, General Manager at International Assistance Group.
About International Assistance Group
International Assistance Group (IAG) is a limited incorporated company in Paris (France) regulated under the French law and owned by its Partners. This worldwide commercial alliance of independent companies spanning all the links in the assistance value chain was formed in 1992 by five European companies with the aim of helping each other offer quality assistance. The group’s success has attracted accredited companies around the world and it now boasts 60 Partners and Preferred Providers and a turnover of over €1.5 billion. More than 7,400 employees take care of 154 million end users.
In 2015, International Assistance Group handled 5.7 million cases, 32,000 medical repatriations and 2 million roadside cases. IAG’s experience, international presence, and range of services enable the group to meet the needs of over 154 million beneficiaries worldwide, out of which 1.8 million are expatriates. More than 7,400 dedicated employees serve clients in over 130 countries, making International Assistance Group and its Partners one of the leading assistance network companies in the world.