On April 25 and May 12, massive earthquakes in Nepal killed more than 9,000 people and left tens of thousands more without shelter, food, water, and electricity. Many in the vulnerable communities with whom GoodWeave works, including weaving families and former victims of child labor and trafficking, were hard-hit by the disaster. This project will provide safe, permanent housing to 40 weaving families whose family homes were destroyed, enabling them to return to stability and stay out of debt.
In the wake of the disaster, 30% of the weavers from GoodWeave factories left Kathmandu to return to home villages - facing significant loss. The 800 weaving families whose homes were completely destroyed now face roadblocks on the path to stability, including the high cost of rebuilding permanent housing. The risk of going into debt is acute, children are at greater risk of being forced into child labor, and until they are able to rebuild their homes, these weavers can't return to work.
This project will provide permanent housing for 40 families in Sindhupalchowk district, one of the most devastated by the earthquakes. Each family will receive a home designed by an architect who specializes in structures for this region. Not only will the homes be earthquake-proof, they will also be made with high-quality materials to last for decades. This support will enable weavers return to work sooner, restore their previous income, and shore up their ability to cover family needs.
GoodWeave has worked in Nepal since 1996, long before the earthquake hit. When offered together with school fee assistance and psychological counseling covered by an outside funder, this support will enable families to regain economic stability and avoid falling into severe poverty. In the long term, not only will they have access to stable housing in home communities, but they will also be able to avert exploitation- including debt-bondage and child labor- while overcoming post-disaster trauma.