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Eighty-seven earthquake-affected families complete rebuilding homes

Eighty-seven earthquake-affected families complete rebuilding homes with Habitat for Humanity Nepal in Pipaltar

Community leaders, local government officials and supporters gather for home dedication ceremony

Pipaltar, Kavrepalanchowk, 18 April 2017 ─ Habitat for Humanity Nepal and its partner Partnership for Sustainable Development Nepal, along with community leaders, supporters, homeowner families and friends, celebrated the completion of 87 new homes at a dedication ceremony in earthquake-affected Pipaltar on Tuesday, 18 April 2017.

Pipaltar was one of the worst-hit villages in Kavrepalanchowk district following major earthquakes that struck on April 25 and May 12 in 2015. Out of 89 houses in Pipaltar, 87 were destroyed. Habitat Nepal, in partnership with the community, initiated an emergency response. With the extensive involvement of local community members and volunteers, dangerous structures were demolished and rubble was removed to allow for new construction. Their efforts resulted in 68 lineal meters of at-risk land being secured, thus improving access to the village. Gabions were also raised to prevent soil erosion and landslides.

In August 2015, Habitat Nepal constructed the first disaster-resilient demonstration house made of brick, bamboo and cement in Pipaltar. Families were also trained in masonry skills, enabling them to rebuild earthquake-resilient houses through an owner-driven approach.

“I am impressed and inspired by the courage and resilience of the affected communities. What stood out in this village is that the community worked together and contributed their ‘sweat equity,’ or their own labor, to recover what they had lost. We are grateful to the community leaders, government officials and supporters for enabling us to help more families build strength, stability and self-reliance,” said Cheryl Groff, Habitat Nepal’s National Director.

More than 500 hours of “sweat equity” were contributed by each household to rebuild their homes and the homes of others in the community.Sunatli Danuwar was among them. “My family was involved in rebuilding this house and helped with everything from the foundation to the roof.” She said: “I am blessed to have a new home,”