Summary of the report
Re-visiting of the families affected by the flood and assessment of the damages has been completed. According to the assessment, twenty-one families qualify to receive the support. But the budget is limited so we have started with five families whose homes are badly damaged. Construction materials, such as bricks, cement, bamboos, cement pillars and soil that required to repair/rebuild the homes have been delivered and the work has started. To rebuild the livelihoods, we have provided 200 kilos of potatoes and garlic seed and, aubergine and cauliflower plants.
The main activities carried out in the month
1. Re-visit the families affected by the flood and assess the damages:
Sunita and Suresh cycled through all the villages in Mahadewa municipality to re-assess the damages. They found twenty-one homes are damaged by the flooding. Five of the twenty-one homes are severely damaged. Hence, we have begun to repair the five home immediately. The five home owners are; Rama, Jugeshwar, Ramchandra, Chandeshwar and Bishundev of Durgapur village, Saptari, Nepal.
2. Prepare an estimate of the construction materials required and find a supplier:
The main stuff required to repair the five homes are; 350 bamboos, 41 cement pillars, 12ft long 100 pcs of Tin, 3 thousand bricks, twenty sacks of cement, 100 tractors full of soil, 120 days of labour. We also required 200 kilo of seeds, two female goats and materials for five toilet and water-pump. Bamboos is the main material in the construction and, it is used in wall and roofing. The labours are preparing the bamboos which we found from a local supplier.
3. Find a contractor to rebuild or repair the homes, toilets and water-pumps:
Tulsi and Rabin are the contractors to repair the homes, toilet and water pump. We have a written agreement with the contractors to complete the work within time and at the highest standard possible. The construction work will be completed on the 25th of December as per the agreement.
4. Deliver the construction materials to the beneficiaries and start the work:
Two thousand bricks, ten sacks of cement and other construction materials have been delivered. 33 tractors full of soil also have been delivered to build the base of the homes and 79 bamboos are cut into pieces and ready to construct the walls. The damaged tin roof is being removed and the ground is being prepared to put up the walls as soon as it is ready.
5. Provide sufficient seeds and plants to the beneficiaries:
To support the livelihoods of affected families, we have provided seeds to grow vegetables to the five families. In total 200 kilo of potatoes seeds, 5 kilo of garlic, 500 pcs of cauliflowers plants, 250 aubergine and other local green plants have been planted.
The main activities will be carried out in the next month
- Provide a cow and a female goat to the beneficiaries
- Monitor the construction work daily and ensure the materials are available all the times so the work won’t get disrupted
Finding a labour is extremely difficult at this time of the year because it is rice harvesting time and, people are busy at their rice field. Livelihoods of ninety percent of the population in the villages depends on agriculture. Additionally, the general election is on the 7th of December.
But it is very important to speed up the work because winter is approaching. The families affected by the flood are the poorest and, they do not have heating facilities in their home or have sufficient clothing. In these circumstances, cost of labour will be slightly higher than estimated in the budget.
Despite the challenges, it is wise to continue the repair and rebuilding the homes because of the winter. The winter is already started and if the work is not completed on schedule then the beneficiaries will have a very difficult time.
The project team
Krit Sharma- Representative of Nepal Village Foundation, UK
M- 079 5437 6665, H- 0207 064 0914 (UK), 9813 742 278 (Nepal)
Ram Narayan- Representative & Chair of Hamro Samaj Nepal (M- 9815 739 502)
Sunita Mandal- Project Manager, Hamro Samaj Nepal (M- 9814 799 563)
Suresh Sharma- Project Assistant, Hamro Samaj Nepal (M- 9818 987 790)