Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal

by Peace Winds America
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal
Post-Earthquake Disaster Recovery in Nepal

With Gratitude for Your Support, PWA Is Closing Our Nepal Recovery Projects
PWA's recovery projects in Nepal are now complete; together we have achieved our goals.

Following the 2015 earthquakes, Peace Winds America reached out to assist women and girls.
With your help, we partnered with a local NGO to build three community centers where women were able to work and learn skills to improve their livelihoods.  These Centers provided the women and girls a safe, functional space to gather and were also important in fostering women’s economic recovery after the earthquake.  One Center provided equipment and training for weaving handloom fabric. These women produced beautiful dhaka and sold them in the Katmandu market. The two other Centers also opened opportunities for entrepreneurial development; women in these centers began processing and marketing vegetables and dairy products, and even producing candy. Access to new skills and technology through our recovery efforts allowed these women to bypass the middleman and achieve higher rates for their products. These community centers are now self-sustaining operations run by these women, resulting in community-owned and operated enterprises by those who were severely impacted after the earthquakes.

Peace Winds America also targeted water and plumbing destroyed by the earthquakes in the Ramechhap district. With your help, Peace Winds and a local NGO restored much of the water systems, installing piping, wells, irrigation systems, and lavatories near schools.

PWA will continue to monitor these project outcomes, which you can follow on our blog.

Your generosity made our response in Nepal possible. Thank you kindly for your support to help Nepal recover.

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Brainstorming about the future in Khawa
Brainstorming about the future in Khawa

Two Years After Massive Earthquakes Hit Nepal Women Have New Opportunities

Two years ago today a masstive earthquake struck Nepal. The quake, which killed more than 8,000 people and destroyed homes, infrastructure, and livelihoods, was followed by a major aftershock on May 12. Both caused widespread damage. 

PWA responded immediately and also established partnerships with Nepalese NGOs to work in recovery. With partner SABAH Nepal PWA built three community centers where women are reestablishing their lives.

"Women were the worst affected..."

“After the earthquake the situation of the village...deteriorated so much. Many people just stopped working. They left the farms barren. The cattle began to die. Women were the worst affected as they had to take care of the children and the family. We didn’t get any support from the government. We lost hope, we didn’t know what to do. Even after a year we haven’t been able to completely recover from the trauma of the disaster.”

               ---Sumitra Baniya, a single woman supporting her father and uncle

PWA and SABAH Nepal Build Three Community Centers

Business, temples, homes, and roads were destroyed. Women needed a place to work and a way to grow their skills. Three community centers in Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchok provide space for psychosocial and economic recovery through skill building, training, and new technologies. See our previous report for more info on the community center in Bhaktapur.

Nala Commmunity Center

The community center in Nala, Kavrepalanchowk has been operational since August 2016.  Almost all of the women there grow green vegetables, but much of their profits go to middlemen who sell the produce in Kathmandu. In October the women decided to use the community center as a center for food processing, with a special focus on fresh vegetable collection and packaging. The women from this area now supply fresh vegetable for the use of The Village Café, an enterprise owned by SABAH Nepal. Recently, a group of twenty women were trained in the production of candies made from a common sour fruit called lapsi. (See that video on our website.)

Khawa Community Center

The center in Khawa recently decided to use the community center for food processing with special focus on dairy products, as most of the women raise cattle. Currently they are selling milk to the collection center which does not yield much profit. PWA helped this cetner find additional funding to provide additional job-training in post-harvest food processing. This funding will also provide the necessary technology and equipment so that they can establish a community-owned food processing enterprise. Greater skills and technologies will allow the women to bypass the middlemen and achieve higher rates for their products. Off-farm activities will diversify their skills and make the community more resilient.

With Gratitude for Your Support, PWA is Closing Down Nepal Recovery Projects

PWA's recovery projects are now complete. PWA will continue to monitor project outcomes, posting updates to our blog. If you'd like to receive email updates about further project outcomes please join our mailing list

Your support made our response in Nepal possible. Thank you for all of your support to help Nepal recover.

Inauguration of Khawa community center
Inauguration of Khawa community center
Lapsi candy-making training in Nala
Lapsi candy-making training in Nala
Processed vegetables can be sold at higher prices
Processed vegetables can be sold at higher prices

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Children at the water supply
Children at the water supply

Peace Winds celebrates the inauguration of the Uttisghari Drinking Water Supply Project (DWSP) with partner Rural Reconstruction Nepal. After months of hard work, RRN Executive Director Mr. Gyan Bdr Adhiakri inaugurated the DWSP with the community and representatives of the Government of Nepal.

The project benefits 3,800 people including children and women in the mountainous rural community, who were in immense need of quality water.  After the 2015 quakes destroyed water supplies, people were forced to drink from unclean rivers and streams.

The newly built DWSP holds 3000 liters and can refill at a rate of 0.5 liters per second. Six tap stands like the one below give easy access to water to all the community members.  Peace Winds implemented a safe sanitation and good hygiene practices program with the completion of the project and from the photos, the children have taken to it.

With a clean water supply, life in rural Ramechaap is much easier. Water collection is a difficult chore for women and girls. These new water systems not only increase the general health of the community with safe water sources, but also give women and girls more time for school and family. Peace Winds is proud to report the community is very happy with the new taps and is using them for drinking, bathing, washing, and many daily necessities.

Clean Clothes
Clean Clothes
Inauguration Ceremony
Inauguration Ceremony
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Completed Byasi Community Center
Completed Byasi Community Center

Job Training, Counseling and Water and Sanitation in Community Centers

PWA is pleased to report that all three community centers in Byasi, Khawa, and Nala are now complete and in use by women, girls, and their communities in post-earthquake Nepal. These strong structures provide a safe space for training in economic education, adult literacy, psychosocial counselling, and on-the-job training, including sales and marketing. At the centers community members have access to water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene information. 

Providing Water to Low-Caste Communities in Rural Nepal

In Ramechhap district, a mountainous area a day’s drive from Kathmandu, PWA is developing water points, irrigation systems, and latrines for low-caste Thamil people, historically left out of the earthquake recovery process. Through our partner Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN), Peace Winds is easing the burden of unclean and inadequate water supply which impacts health, education, and livelihoods in poor communities. Water collection is a difficult chore for women and girls, reducing the time girls are able to spend at school. PWA is addressing water supply and latrines in these communities and at schools.

Peace Winds is providing water, irrigation systems, and sanitation facilities to 3800 women and girls. Your support benefits generations of women and girls!   Thank you!

Generations benefiting from your support.
Generations benefiting from your support.
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Second-generation weaver Sumita.
Second-generation weaver Sumita.

More than a year has passed since PWA responded to Nepal’s worst disaster in a century.  PWA has stayed the course, transitioning our response from immediate relief and shelter construction into recovery.  PWA has focused its efforts on marginalized women and girls, providing livelihood support for home-based workers east of the capital of Kathmandu as well as reconstructing water and sanitation infrastructure in rural Ramechhap district.

Increasing Livelihoods of Home-based Women Workers

The earthquakes destroyed homes and most of the city center of Bhaktapur, a historical city east of Kathmandu.  Friends and neighbors began sharing living quarters. This situation was untenable for traditional weavers who relied on home-based crafts to support their families.

“We wanted to start weaving to regain our livelihood but neighbors complained about the noise our weaving machines made,” said Nisa, a traditional weaver in Bhaktapur.  In response to this community need PWA and its partner SABAH Nepal are constructing three community centers to provide space for women workers to regain their livelihoods and to bolster community recovery.  The centers provide training and support including classes in economic education, adult literacy, on-the-job training, psychosocial counseling, and even access to water and sanitation.  The construction of Bhaktapur Community Center is completed and job training has begun.  PWA and SABAH are building two additional centers in rural Kavrepalanchok.

“Now I can work without worrying,” said Nisa, as she sat at her loom in the newly constructed center in Bhaktapur.  “And I feel much safer here at the community center where I have many friends to work with.”

In June PWA conducted an interim evaluation and saw first-hand how the women were welcomed to the completed Bhaktapur Community Center which serves as a gathering place, a safe haven, and an entrepreneurial working center.  The PWA on-site assessment verified the great joy and deep gratitude of the women and girls of Bhaktapur, who openly expressed their deepest appreciation to our donors who made this work possible. 

Looms set up inside Bhaktapur Community Center.
Looms set up inside Bhaktapur Community Center.
PWA staff Mari Poorman with beneficiaries.
PWA staff Mari Poorman with beneficiaries.
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