We initiated Khokana Earthquake Debris Removal Initiative (KEDRIN) after the April 2015 earthquake with the objective to demolish buildings damaged by the earthquake and remove associated rubble and debris for regeneration of the community in Khokana village, Lalitpur district.
With your donations, we were able to hire machinery, labor and fuel needed to clear the rubble and demolish unsafe buildings. We also encouraged participation of local beneficiaries through Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee (KRRC). There were few challenges such as arrangment of heavy machinary and the start of pre-monsoon rain, which lengthened the expected time of the project works. Despite these struggles, your continuous support encouraged us to keep moving forward and we are very grateful for that.
About 350 people have directly benefited from the demolition work. In fact, this project has been a key to the regeneration and future of the Khokana community. Without it, the people would have a hard time rebuilding their homes. Without your support, they would have continued to suffer the indignity and pain of living in temporary housing that lacked basic facilities. We really, really thank you for your donations and support and hereby notify you that the project is now closed.
Nevertheless, we look forward for your kind support in our other initiatives. Your small help could help us support another struggling life in Nepal.
The first phase of Khokana Earthquake Debris Removal Initiative (KEDRIN) has completed. Besides minor cases, sixty one houses were either partially or completely demolished in the first phase of the initiative.
The site work of the first phase was started on the 25th of the April, 2016 and took longer than expected due to a start of pre-monsoon; it nearly took 1.5 months to demolish and clear the debris of sixty one plus houses. The activity was done with full participation from beneficiary and the community on the supervision of Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee (KRRC). A back-hoe loader and the tippers were hired to help in the demolition work. The beneficiary and the machine operators worked hand in hand to achieve this result.
KRRC had identified the cluster/pockets (wards) according to the priority criterion: they have chosen the most vulnerable houses inside the town, damaged and most susceptible to falling down. Majority were theses houses were located at wards 6, 7 and 8. Among the selected, some were demolished partially and some were demolished in consultation with and need of the beneficiary. About 350 people benefited from the first phase of demolition work directly. In addition it has also indirectly benefited larger population, the community people and the regular commuters.
The above work was possible only with the support received from GG and the well wishers of ECCA. Khokana Community and ECCA are very grateful to the people who have heartily supported and continuously supporting the cause. It is my great pleasure to volunteer this initiative and would like to appeal for more help to rebuilding Khokana.
As per the agreement signed between ECCA and Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee (KRRC), the first phase of demolishing and debris removal activity is soon to commence. All the preparation activities have been completed. Approval from District Development Committee (the local Government) followed by the approval of Social Welfare Council (Government of Nepal) has been received.
There has been delay mainly due to the recent blockade at the border, the subsequent fuel shortage and non-availability of heavy machineries (back hoe loader, tipper). The partial effect of the blockade is still persisting in the market: the fuel market has not come to normalcy yet. However, the working environment has begun, though there is some inflation in the cost.
Regarding the identification of the clusters and the beneficiaries, the Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee has identified five clusters (pockets) of 20-30 houses each. The committee has proposed to start work from pocket 1 and 2.
Khokana Community and ECCA are very grateful for your support. We would still appeal to more and more people to support in rebuilding Khokana.
Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) is currently in its 29th year of establishment. Over the years, we have succeeded in making significant improvements in the sector of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), school environment, community development, promotion of alternate and renewable technologies (A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps,ICS training) and even conservation related entrepreneurship. We can proudly say that our actions have helped people change their lives. Women in Jajarkot have learnt to invest in income generating activities through saving and credit schemes initiated among their own group. Children of Dolakha have learnt to initiate community awareness programs on their own. Our actions have made a difference in a sense that each trained member in the society now bears a sense of responsibility. The earthquake was however a turning phase for all but it proved more of a reason to work harder right from renovation and rebuilding to development that offers sustainability. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to formation of nature club in schools, we have been attempting to bring progressive change from local to national level.
This note, henceforth, is to remind each of you contributors for your priceless support because all our successful attempts would have not been possible without you. To all supporters who are incessantly helping us in every way, be it on site volunteering or project donations, we express our heartfelt gratitude. To every heart out there that believes in us, we are thankful.
Considering the present hardships (due to cold weather) being faced by the earthquake affected people (who are still living in temporary makeshift shelters), ECCA recently initiated a campaign Win Against Winter. We're sure we'll receive support from each one of you as well.
We wish to move on with your ever-growing aspiration to help our motives.
Furthermore, we have prepared a short 2 minute video on our post-earthquake activities. We look forward to receiving your response on it.
The Gorkha Earthquake and the two large aftershocks that followed have devastated Khokana and its rich heritage. The town was turned to rubble: 812 houses have been completely destroyed and 355 houses are partially damaged. In total, approximately 80% of the houses in the town are no longer fit for human habitation. It was fortunate indeed many people were on their farms when the earthquake hit, resulting in lower fatalities than might have otherwise been expected.
People have been moved into temporary shelters, living behind their ruined and unsafe houses which are being used to store food and animals. With the help of the local government and few local resources, the dunes of the collapsed houses that was blocking the movement has been cleared. However, the houses that did not felt down during earthquake but completely or partially damaged are still standing as a risk to the health and lives of people.
The objective of this project, to demolish buildings damaged by the earthquake and remove associated rubble and debris to allow regeneration of the community to begin is still relevant. Therefore, in line with the process and work flow, ECCA had series of discussion and meetings with the community and the local committee “Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee (KRRC)” to carry out the demolishing and debris removal activities. It was agreed with the committee that the work will be carried out phase wise with the availability of the fund.
The committee and the ECCA have signed a brief MoU for a year to carry out the activities with distributed responsibilities, in the month of October. It was also agreed to start the first phase of work as soon as possible. Process is being started with the identification of the cluster and the beneficiaries for the first phase. However, further delay is expected starting demolishing activity due to an economic blockade in Nepal: fuel shortage being the major reason.
Nonetheless, we are very grateful to the people who have heartily supported and supporting the cause. We would still appeal more and more people to support rebuilding Khokana.
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