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Earthquake Relief Program 2015-2017


Gorkha is one of the most vulnerable earthquake-hit districts in Nepal. In accordance with the information provided by Government of Nepal, Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction Portal, it is reported that 447 people were killed and 953 were injured. Similarly, 228 government’s houses were fully damaged; 37 were partially damaged and 44,382 private houses were fully damaged. In addition, the District Reconstruction Committee (DRC) formed under the coordination of Chief District Officer (CDO) reported that 68,769 houses built with stones and clay was fully insecure for staying. Similary, 12,425 RCC houses were also partially damaged. Big numbers of families are still sitting under the open sky due to lack of appropriate support (both financial cum human resources) from the government and other concerned agencies.

Though adequate immediate relief materials were distributed to the earthquake victims in Gorkha, rehabilitating them through constructing temporary shelters is their prime needs now. Since the monsoon is starting very sooner in Nepal, those victims have to be protected from probable landslides and flooding in this season. While assessing their urgent needs, cent percent of them requested to reconstruct temporary shelters. Therefore, ADWAN is taking this initiative to resolve their primary needs.

Activities:

- In December of 2015, ADWAN won a $50,000 grant from the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which was just completed in June, 2016. - In April of this year, the UK based Karuna Foundation approved ADWAN’s proposal for €10,600 for a 13-month livelihood and gender equality training, which begins this August 2016. - ADWAN is actively running a EU funded (€92,815.) 30-month (Dec/2014 – June/2017) project on skills and rights trainings for ADWAN women’s groups in Gorkha. The trainings include mushroom, mini poultry, goat rearing, bamboo crafts, tailoring, candle and incense making, ginger farming, off season vegetable farming, social accountability training, strategic planning, participatory budgeting, public hearing and community score card training. It will directly benefit 786 women and indirectly benefit more than 4,500 community members.


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