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Testimonials from the field: Supporting flood affected communities in Rautahat

Reconstruction Symbolizes Dignity
03 Aug 2017

Reconstruction Symbolizes Dignity

By Umesh Pokharel

Radhika BK, 57, a single woman in Suri village development committee (VDC) in Dolakha district, had almost given up her hope to begin a normal life, following the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. Not only her house was collapsed, the falling wall killed her all cattle.

BK was alone in her house in Suri when the earthquake struck. She lived under tarpaulins for more than two months since the earthquake. Later on she constructed a temporary shelter with support from The Luther World Federation (LWF) Nepal and its partner Human Rights Awareness and Development Centre (HURADEC). Her children were in Kathmandu and used to visit her occasionally.

“When my children invited me to go to Kathmandu, I was in a dilemma,” she recalled a time one and half years ago. However, her intent to stay in her ancestral land outweighed her children’s wish. She decided to rebuild her house and spend her life where her forefathers lived for centuries.

Supporting Hands

Support from the Government of Nepal along with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), LWF Nepal, Dalit NGO network and their representative organization Dalit Welfare Association (DWA) have been a help to make her dream come true.

Following the earthquake, LWF Nepal with support from ACT Alliance provided her emergency shelter kit along with livelihood support package while during the recovery phase, LWF Nepal and Dalit NGO network and their representative organization DWA with support from ELCA provided them top-up shelter grant.

“With support such as tarpaulin sheets, nails and other shelter kits, I constructed a temporary shelter nearby my previous house,” she walked down the memory lane. “Later on, the top-up grant support of Rs 75,000 helped me to start reconstructing permanent shelter,” BK says.

Against such background, the Government of Nepal (GoN) announced the support of Rs 300,000 as a shelter support grant to the earthquake-affected households, the ELCA, LWF Nepal and DWA came up with the additional shelter support grant of NRs 75,000 each household. “The additional support was to fulfill the unmet fund requirement for the reconstruction, constructing a toilet and installing solar panel,” Dr Prabin Manandhar, Country Director of LWF Nepal says.

At present, Radhika has completed the construction of her house. With the construction of permanent shelter, her dream to live in her ancestral land has been fulfilled. Radhika plans to keep some goats, begin farm as usual and live peacefully in her village. “My house in my village means a lot for me, it is a symbol of dignity and happiness,” she says.

Rebuilding Schools
24 Jul 2017

Rebuilding Schools

By Sunjuli Singh

Some children in Shree Manakamana Primary School in Dolakha were playing in round circles outside of the school building. Their parents were waiting for them to finish play so that they could take them back home.

Durga Shiwakoti is one of the students of grade two who studies in this school along with her two other siblings Saraswati and Bhagwati. These days, she loves to come to school to  study and play ball, skip rope with her friends.

But there was a time when Durga used to be scared coming to school. The   devastating earthquake that struck on 25 April 2015, damaged her school and many houses in her community including hers. The school building collapsed resulting in no classrooms for children to study.

 Durga vividly remembers the time when they had no room to study in and instead had to stay in the open ground and sometimes under the tress for the entire day. So much so that she even had to walk about half an hour home if she wanted to use the toilet as her school toilet was in rubbles too. “Instead of walking home to use the toilet, I would just go to the jungle,” she says

Renuka Shiwakoti, who has been teaching in this school for the last 13 years, says she had never thought that she would have to experience such kind of days during her career as a teacher. “When there were aftershocks children would cry, shout and call for me saying Miss, I used to be scared too but at the same time, I had to take care of the students and their needs,” she adds.

Christian Aid and CEEPARD’s Support a boon

Children at Shree Manakamana Primary School now come to school on a regular basis following the reconstruction of their classrooms. Christian Aid in coordination with its local partner CEEPARD has built two class rooms and two toilets for the school so that children can study in a safer environment. “I feel safe to stay inside the newly built classroom and I like the doors and the windows,” Durga says. The smiles in the face of the children in the school and their keenness to stay there even after the school is over was really a sign of how safe they felt there and how they enjoyed being there. 

Parents of the children also say that they feel confident enough to send their children to school as the class rooms have been constructed using the earthquake-resistant technique   “As a parent, I think that all the children now have an environment where they can study better without fear,” Menuka Shiwakoti, mother of Durga says.

Christian Aid (CA) has been supporting schools affected by earthquake with infrastructure support, education materials and furniture in Dolakha, Gorkha, Sindhupalchok and Dhading districts.

Octogenarian’s Dreams Come True
24 Jul 2017

Octogenarian’s Dreams Come True

By Umesh Pokharel

Dawa Nanggang Tamang (80 years), a senior citizen of Grey village in Gatlang village development committee (VDC), has finally completed reconstruction of his house. People from Gre supported Tamang in reconstruction. Skilled mason did huge discount on their remuneration while some unskilled labor worked free of charge. More importantly, his nephew took a lead in reconstruction.  

At the beginning, Tamang was not sure if he could rebuild his house. Managing funds, finding masons to start reconstruction were a daunting task for him. The Octogenarian had no family members to support except for his septuagenarian wife.

“Once The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal and Manekor Society Nepal (MSN) provided me first installment of shelter grant and LWF encouraged local masons to accord priority to build my house, situation favored me”, Tamang says.  

“LWF Nepal and MSN provided a total of Rs 200,000 to Tamang while last installment of Rs  100,000 is still to be disbursed, ” Bhimshen Shrestha,  Rasuwa  District Manager of LWF Nepal says.

Dawa’s house was the first house in the village to be completed. As of now, a total of 22 houses have been rebuilt in the village while 79 are under construction.

LWF Nepal provides cash support of Rs 300,000 to 101 shelter beneficiaries in Gre village in Rasuwa while National Reconstruction Authority inspects the houses and provides feedback for necessary correction.  Apart from that LWF Nepal provides technical support to make the house earthquake-resilient. Earlier, it provided training in earthquake-resistant masonry to local masons.

During the relief phase, LWF Nepal had provided relief materials, transitional shelter and livelihood support to the earthquake-affected population in the village. Also, LWF Nepal repaired/rehabilitated water schemes in the VDC. 

Act General Secretary meets PM Oli
09 Mar 2016

Act General Secretary meets PM Oli

The General Secretary of the ACT Alliance Dr John Nduna, the Country Director of Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Dr Prabin Manandhar and Regional Representative  of  Dan Church Aid  Mr David Smith  convened a meet with  Prime Minister (PM)  K.P Oli and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affair (MoFA) Mr Kamal Thapa  on Tuesday evening. 

During the meet, Dr Nduna shared about the alliance’s assistance to earthquake affected population in Nepal and asked Prime Minister’s perspective on modality to design upcoming activities on behalf of the alliance.

Reconstruction Starts in Model Villages

By Lucia de Vries

It takes a village to rebuild one. Almost nine months after the earthquake that destroyed 600,000 buildings in Nepal, the people of Sanogoan village have joined hands to rebuild their homes. The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal, in collaboration with the ACT Nepal Forum, recently deposited money in the bank accounts of 90 families from the village for this purpose.

The reconstruction of homes in Nepal has been delayed by a political crisis that followed the adoption of a new constitution last September. While Nepal’s political crisis drags on, the people of Sanogoan have little time to talk politics: they are busy making bricks.

Media Coverage of Joint Monitoring Visit…
20 Jan 2016

Media Coverage of Joint Monitoring Visit…

National media have covered Act Alliance members’ joint monitoring visit to Nepal held in 11- 16 January, 2016. The visit was aimed at monitoring the activities and progress of Nepal Earthquake Response Program under Act Appeal.  Dan Church Aid (DCA), Finn Church Aid (FCA), ICCO Cooperation, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal,  Lutheran World Relief ( LWR) have been implementing the Nepal Earthquake Response program  targeted towards the victims of the devastating earthquake on April, 2015.

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