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Disaster Response

Disaster Response

Habitat for Humanity International Nepal began aiding the earthquake-affected families soon after the earthquake struck.

During the emergency phase,
– Habitat Nepal distributed 5,065 temporary shelter kits to families whose homes were destroyed or left uninhabitable
– Habitat Nepal volunteers removed 650 tons of earthquake rubble
– Distributed 20,000 water backpacks to families in earthquake-affected areas.

As the emergency phase ended, Habitat Nepal’s programs shifted into reconstruction.
– Engineers completed safety assessments on 16,244 earthquake-damaged homes.
– As months passed, winter brought the threat of cold weather exposure, and Habitat distributed 2,424 winterization kits to families.

Habitat Nepal is supporting the rebuilding of 87 permanent homes in a village in Kavrepalanchowk district in which all but two homes were destroyed. To date, 60 houses have been completed and all remaining houses will be completed by March 2017.

Habitat Nepal received National Reconstruction Authority approval to carry out reconstruction work through our local partner in
– wards 1 to 5 of Panchkhal VDC, Kavreplanachowk district
– wards 1 to 9 of Salme VDC, Nuwakot district
– wards 6 and 8 of Tupche VDC, Nuwakot district

Habitat Nepal with our local partners is implementing an owner-driven approach, in keeping with the NRA guidelines that stress community-led approach to helping families rebuild earthquake-destroyed homes.

All our activities fall within 4-pillars that define Habitat’s programmatic approach: social mobilization, technical assistance, tiered assistance and market development. When implemented in combination, these pillars contribute to long-term recovery of earthquake-affected households and build disaster resilience of vulnerable communities.

To strengthen a community’s disaster response and preparedness, Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) groups are formed in all Habitat Nepal project areas. PASSA groups are central to Habitat Nepal’s holistic approach to prepare communities to work effectively together, manage reconstruction in their community successfully and to be prepared for future disasters.

Habitat Nepal also supported the Government of Nepal’s enrollment efforts by providing staff and other resources required in the process of enlisting households eligible for government grant.

Habitat Nepal set up 3 Housing Support Service Centers (HSSCs) one in each of the three VDCs where we are working. The Housing Support Service Centres serve as a hub where people can come for advice on house designs, information about government building codes and NRA’s guidelines to families seeking grant for building new homes.