We cannot block every blow dealt by disasters but we can help individuals, families and communities to get back on their feet and recover sooner. Disaster resilience can only be sustainable when this process is owned and managed by the communities themselves. To this end, Habitat and its partners have conducted training in the Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness in affected communities. By October 2016, more than 400 members of PASSA groups have been trained, supporting the reconstruction initiatives in their communities and strengthening local capacity to rebuild after a disaster.
As a member of a PASSA group formed in Kavrepalanchok in June 2016, Dilaka is responsible for identifying the vulnerable families in her community and recommending them for receiving extra support such as goods-in-kind, construction labor support and top-up for a subsidy besides the government reconstruction grant. Dilaka, a 48 year-old farmer, also coordinates with the engineers at Habitat’s Housing Support Service Center and monitor the construction process to ensure compliance with the national building code. “This is very important. If the house is not built according to the code, the potential homeowner might not be able to receive the remaining tranches (of the government reconstruction grant) to rebuild his/her home. I feel I am playing a vital role in reconstructing my community and bringing them together.”
Dilaka was among the first in her PASSA group to make a major decision. “I decided to rebuild my house though I did not have enough resources. I plucked up the courage and took a loan from a bank. With the support of Habitat Nepal, along with the government grant, my family and I now have a safe roof above our heads. My house has become an attraction and I have received many compliments. I am very proud of my house.”
— Dilaka, homeowner, Habitat for Humanity Nepal