MIT's Nepal Initiative

On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 9,000, injuring more than 23,000, and leaving tens of thousands lacking food, shelter, and water. Aftershocks continued in the following days and months, including a 7.3 magnitude quake on May 12 that killed or injured another 2,700.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Nepali students at MIT raised a substantial amount of funding to send back home.  They also requested that MIT address the country’s plight.  In response the Chancellor of MIT, Cynthia Barnhart, established the MIT-Nepal Initiative, whose leadership can be contacted here.

In the intervening two and a half years, the Initiative has established partnerships in Nepal and sent MIT researchers and students to that country to work in the fields of energy, WASH (water/sanitation/hygiene), sustainable architecture, and education.  These efforts are ongoing, and we continue to expand our networks in Nepal and on the MIT campus.  We are guided by two core principles in this work:

  • Engage in projects that will benefit the people of Nepal;
  • In so doing, seek out enriching educational experiences for MIT researchers and students.

This site contains reports on our progress to date.  We welcome all members of the MIT community who wish to help us in these efforts.