Nepal Earthquake : Support for remote communities

by PHASE Nepal
Nepal Earthquake : Support for remote communities
Nepal Earthquake : Support for remote communities
Nepal Earthquake : Support for remote communities
Nepal Earthquake : Support for remote communities
A house of deprived family under reconstruction.
A house of deprived family under reconstruction.

Namaste Friends,

We hope everything is going well for you and that you are safe. We're here to bring you the latest news from the earthquake-affected areas of Nepal. Thank you for your generous support, with which even after seven years of the major earthquake, 113 families deprived of rebuilding were identified and supported for rebuilding their houses. Besides, we have continued to restore livelihood needs in the affected community in four Rural Municipalities of Gorkha district.

 In later times, we worked to improve the livelihood opportunities in the earthquake-affected communities. We formed farmer's groups where the members are learning various improved farming techniques from agriculture staff along with group mentoring. 21 members from the group also collect monthly saving amounts, which are invested by the group member as a loan with minimum interest.

 The group aims to connect local farmers for collective interest and reach for farmer’s services at the ward level, which also supports to build leadership skills of the group members.

 Recently we met Saroj Lama (Name Changed), a group member who shares, “With the formation of the group, we have been able to understand the value of collective voice. We are practicing collective farming and creating employment for our members locally. With the formation of this group, we are able to accumulate the scattered capital of the village and use it for the benefit of each other. Thank you for mentoring us. We hope to coordinate with the local administration and build sustainable income for each of us.”

With the project, the earthquake-affected communities are supported with technical (agriculture and reconstruction) staff, building materials, farming seed materials, and intense follow-up support in order to ensure the rebuilding of the homes and restore livelihood opportunities.

In addition, we have also been addressing the crisis created due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased the cases of malnutrition among children and mothers in Nepal's far-western districts. We continue to provide them with food items: rice, lentils, and cooking oil, which they utilized to prepare a nutritious meal for the mother and baby.

With Nepal being prone to various natural disasters, we will continue to carry out disaster preparedness training, backup essentials, and emergency kits for vulnerable children, women, elder persons, persons living with disabilities, and ultra-poor groups.  We aim to mitigate the effects of future natural disasters while rebuilding existing disaster-stricken areas. This is made possible by funding from several generous and heartily contributors like you.

Thank you so much for your continued support and would expect similar support in the future.

 

Thank you for your support.

PHASE Nepal Family

Group orientation session.
Group orientation session.
A group member observing the farm.
A group member observing the farm.
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Food items supported to mothers in far-west.
Food items supported to mothers in far-west.

Namaste Friends,

We hope everything is going well for you and that you are safe. We're here to bring you the latest news from the earthquake-affected areas of Nepal. We have been able to continue our support for the past six years, rebuilding housing, and public infrastructure, and restoring livelihood support in the community, thank you for your generous support.

We have completed the reconstruction of 113 homes for vulnerable people (single women, persons living with disabilities, ultra-poor, elderly people) like Man bahadur (Name changed) (52 years) with your generous support and in coordination with local government in four Rural Municipalities of Gorkha district. We also provided small animals (goats, poultry) for livelihood support.

Man bahadur’s home was collapsed to the ground by the earthquake. He couldn’t register for the housing reconstruction grant scheme even though his house was completely destroyed. Due to missing papers which is needed to enlist as a beneficiary at the government level. He used to work as a potter for tourists with his wife, but that was forced to close due to the earthquake and now pandemic.

"Finally, after years of staying in a temporary shed, I have a home," he says. PHASE has acted in the same way that my parents would have. PHASE assisted me in constructing my home. Now neither the monsoon nor the winter will be a burden to me."

The project supplied technical staff, building materials, and intense follow-up support to people like him in order to expedite and ensure the rebuilding of their homes.

In addition, we put effort to address various humanitarian needs in our project areas, such as in recent days, the food supply chain being hampered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has increased the cases of malnutrition among children and mothers in Nepal's far-western districts. We provided them food items: rice, lentils, and cooking oil, which they utilized to prepare a nutritious meal for the mother and baby.

Likewise, Nepal being a country with the most scenic but also active Himalayan ranges, makes it prone to various unpredictable natural disasters. We are driven to be prepared with the required emergency supplies and methods to build up the necessary resources to prevent the loss of Himalayan communities.

For which we need your further support for addressing the immediate needs and support to ensure that the infrastructure and services meet the needs of the local people. Using earthquake-resistant building techniques and focusing on livelihood development to increase disaster resilience for the future.

We wholeheartedly appreciate your continued support and would expect similar support in the future.

Thank you for your support.

PHASE Nepal Family

Galvanised sheet for roofing for flood victims.
Galvanised sheet for roofing for flood victims.
House reconstruction supported by us.
House reconstruction supported by us.
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Temporary shelter to a new house finally in 6 yrs
Temporary shelter to a new house finally in 6 yrs

Namaste Friends,

While the whole world is going through the disaster of the COVID-19 pandemic, the earthquake-affected communities in remote Nepal are still needing support even for the most basic thing such as a decent shelter. PHASE Nepal in the past six years has been reaching the unreached earthquake-affected population in the remote communities to support rebuilding houses, public infrastructure, and people's livelihoods. In this short update, we have some achievements to share and some humble appeals to make.

113 new houses to the most vulnerable in North Gorkha

We supported 113 most vulnerable families (Persons living with disabilities, single women, elderly people, and ultra-poor families) to complete the rebuilding of their houses damaged by the 2015 Earthquake in four Rural Municipalities in the Gorkha district. With our support, the families were able to build decent houses for themselves. The project provided technical staff, building materials, and intensive follow-up support to accelerate and ensure the rebuilding of their houses.

"With limited income, I would never put up the courage to rebuild a home. I had given up my dream. Thanks for all PHASE Nepal’s support!", share an earthquake-affected individual, 33y, male, PWD from Gandaki Rural Municipality, Gorkha

 Food, Wash, and Shelter Packages to the Landslide Victims in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha

We supported Hygiene kits to 350 families affected by the 2021 Melamchi landslide and flash flood in Helambu village in Panchpokhari Thangpaldhap RM.
 

We also supported Food items: rice, pulses, cooking oil, and salt to the 6 most vulnerable families affected by landslides and floods in Baruwa, Sindhupalchok enough for two months. 

We supported 20 families affected by landslides with Galvanized Iron sheets to construct semi-permanent shelters in Kalinchok Rural Municipality in Dolakha district.

The supported families are the most vulnerable among the affected and have lost their houses, properties, cattle, and food grains in the floods and landslides induced by pouring monsoon.

Looking Ahead- Disaster Risk Reduction in the Far West Region

Learning from the devastating loss of life, shelter, and livelihoods in 2015 in the central and western regions namely Sindhupalchok and Gorkha, we are working to build resilient communities in the far west and Karnali region. PHASE has been working to strengthen health, education, and livelihood opportunities in these extremely isolated communities in the upper mountainous arid terrains of the Himalayan mountains. With a primitive lifestyle, settled in small hole-like mud houses, the people are ignorant of any disaster like an earthquake while the region lies in a high-risk seismic zone. The statistics say the region has been fortunately been affected by an earthquake for the past few hundred years thus possesses a risk of a bigger seismic shake anytime soon. We are focussing on resilient housing and public infrastructure and a better understanding of community members who are prepared for the disaster. We would need your further support in our endeavor in this regard too. 

We wholeheartedly appreciate your continued support for the past six years and would expect similar support in the future too.

PHASE Nepal Family

Flood victims receving food packages
Flood victims receving food packages
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An EQ victim with new kiwi farm set-up by PHASE
An EQ victim with new kiwi farm set-up by PHASE

Namaste Friends,

Amid Covid-19 crisis, Nepal still has the significant remnants from the scars left by the 2015 earthquake. PHASE as an organization has been working rigorously in rebuilding the livelihoods, rebuilding the infrastructures and rebuilding resilience in the community as a whole. As the priority of the whole world is shifting towards covid response, it is pertinent that the wounds of the earthquake in people's life cannot be left unfilled and PHASE is commiteed to it. Supported by several international organization, charities and individual donors, we were able to support the most vulnerable people affected by the earthquake for the last 6 years. 

Recently, PHASE was able to complete its support in rebuilding 104 houses for several marginalized families in earthquake affected Gorkha, with a major support from an international partner organization. PHASE is still continuing to build houses for 10 more families in the region.

Similarly, in April, PHASE completed its 5 year long, community recovery project supporting more than 1000 families in having a sustainable livelihoods via vegetable and poultry farming, Kiwi fruit farming and vocational trainings in Gorkha while also strenthening primary health services and school sector education hand in hand with livelihood recovery.

Committed to providing long term support to the remote communities both with community development aproaches and disaster managment approaches, PHASE will still continue to support the earthquake affected communities for the next 2 years expecially in some of the remote villages in Sindhupalchok and Gorkha, the two of the most affected district in the 2015 earthqake. PHASE will focus on supporting the housing of the most vulnerable and building the public and community infrastructure.

While we are talking about Earthquake, we can't forget the another major disaster i.e. the  Flood and landslide specially in the Melamchi region and the surrounding regions of Sindhupalchok where a whole town has been swept away by the debri filled flooded river. With the support from GlobalGiving, PHASE Nepal supported 6 families with foood grains ,estimated to last for at least 2 months. Although there are more than 110 victims in PHASE's working areas, the selected families have lost everything including their houses in flood and needed substantial amount of food before their livelihoods become stable.

PHASE Nepal is committed to provide the most needed services to the neediest communities in remote project areas of Nepal.

Thank you for your support.

We will continue supporting the needies families affected by Earthquake and will also work to support communities affected by major disaster in the future too.

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CGI sheet distribution right after the earthquake
CGI sheet distribution right after the earthquake

Namaste Friends, 

Six year ago, this month, we were hit by the massive earthquake causing a massive loss of lives and livelihoods. PHASE Nepal team would like to commomerate those hard times and express heartfelt appreciations to all the donors, partner agencies and supporters for supporting the neediest communities to rise back. In this short recall, we would like to highlight our major achievments that we are able to materialize with the help of  numerous supporters like you. The rebuilding of houses, schools, heath centres along peoples' livelihoods and hope took significant time, effort, resources and most of all resilience. PHASE was able to support more than 15000 families, first, with immediate relief materials such as food and sanitation package, basic shelter materials and winterization support in the first year and with recovery projects consisting agriculture and vocational training initiatives and economic empowerment in the following years.

Right from the second year of the earthquake PHASE was already able to support 2000 most vulnerable communities with livelihood recovery, initiate the rebuilding of 54 schools via temporary buildings ,5 schools other permanent buildlings that in the most earthquake affected remote villages of Sindhupalchok, Gorkha and Syanga. There we worked in providing reconstruction support in areas where no other NGOs or Government have reached. We also continued running 2 alternative schools at the snowy villages of Tsum area bordering to Tibet in northen-most Gorkha providing quality education in the neediest of times. Similarly in the Health Sector, PHASE contined to support basic primary health care and maternity services in 6 ultra remote areas of Gorkha and 4 similar areas of Sindhupalchok  year right from under the tents . By the end of 5 years PHASE's role was intrumental in ensuring permanent building and basic birthing facilities in these health posts, 5 of which were built directly by PHASE while the others were partly supported by staff and equipment.

Rebuilding Health, Education and Livelihood recovery, PHASE continued with rebuilding 86 different water reservoir tanks and 100s of public taps bringing drinking water service, sanitation and irrigation back in the villages of Sindhupalhok. In Gorkha the devastated walking trails on the mountainous terrains were rebuilt with eco friendly stoned step models reaching more than 70 kilometers, reviving cross village mobility ,thus economy and accessibility to other services. Similarly in Chitwan and Dhading we were able to build 800 houses for the most vulnerable people who were unable to builld a decent shelter even after 4 years of the earthquake. With a theme of leaving no one behind we have been further working with more than 7000 most vulnerable households especially single women, persons with disability, internally displaced and  the elderly with appropriate interventions on sustainable livelihoods, inclusion and economic recovery in Gorkha while also supporting 100 vulnerable people to finally build their houses.

Having hit by another disaster of the Global Covid-19 Pandemic was a big blow for us. Many of our staff got sick and one of our staff passed away because of the contagion despite using all the prevention methods to avoid infection. With one and a half decade providing most essential services such as health, education and livelihoods improvment, we chose to continue our work during the pandemic because in the absence of such services, the community of the remote would have become further victimized, if not by direct infection but definitely by the secondary impact of extended lockdown and complete closure of the essential services. Now that all of us staff have received 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccine, we feel a bit more safe.

This year too, we will still continue to provide high quality services to the most needy and vulnerable communities who are still hit by the long term impact of the earthquake. Most of the  people have forgotten earthquake but  not our team who has the first hand experience of working with earthquake hit poor, marginalized and isolated communities whose scars of the disasters are still deep and we are commited to  fill them a bit with empowering community projects.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Revived schools with building and furnitures
Revived schools with building and furnitures
Maternity Services-Gorkha
Maternity Services-Gorkha
Education and Livelihoods Prioritizing Women.
Education and Livelihoods Prioritizing Women.
Schools, Homes and waste reducer rebuilt this year
Schools, Homes and waste reducer rebuilt this year
PHASE works from tents  - 28th April 2015
PHASE works from tents - 28th April 2015
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