At a ceremony held to mark the 3rd anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake on 25 April 2018, a model house built of compressed stabilized earth blocks (CSEB) was handed over to a 35 years old widow in Baluwa, Panchkhal Municipality, Kavre District. Ceremony was chaired by Manu Gautam, Vice Chairperson, District Coordination Committee. Chief Guest for the ceremony was Dr. Bishnu Bahadur Bhandari, Executive Member of the Committee, National Reconstruction Authority. The house was constructed using CSEBs produced by locals trained under Livelihood Model Program launched jointly by Habitat Nepal and National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) in December 2017.
Mahesh Kharel, Mayor, Panchkhal Municipality, Dhurba Gainda, NRA’s Kavre District Head, Christy Stickney, National Director, Habitat Nepal, and Yuban Malla, Program Director, Habitat Nepal, were present during the house handover ceremony.
During the ceremony, Mayor Kharel extended vote of thanks to Habitat Nepal for supporting the needy people. “I would like Habitat Nepal to remain in my community forever and continue its housing support for those who need it,” said Mayor Kharel.
Chameli, the home owner, lives in Baluwa and has been raising her two children single-handedly since the death of her husband two years ago. Chameli said “The CSEB making training came as a blessing in disguise, seeing my dire situation at home, the ward committee and community decided to build the demonstration house for my family which I could never be able to build in my life time. The most amazing part is making the bricks, building the house with my own hands. The house has brought smiles on ours face.”