57,000 earthquake-affected people will be able to complete their intermediate shelters and protect themselves from the monsoons.
After several discussions with government and other like-minded agencies working on the ground, shelter was identified as the key priority for the people. Since the markets were functioning post earthquake, DanchurchAid along with its partner agencies ECO Nepal, FSCN and FAYA Nepal started distributing cash in Gorkha ,Dhading,Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts of Nepal in coordination with the government agencies for helping people build temporary shelters.
Giving out cash was to give people a dignified choice to buy what was most important for them and to revive the local economy. In Gorkha, DCA handed out 15,000 rupees for building temporary shelters while in Dhading, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur DCA gave out 10,000 rupees as a top up.
It’s been three months since the earthquake. DCA has been on the ground right from the beginning providing affected people with food baskets, drinking water, emergency latrines, hygiene kits, psychosocial counseling, temporary shelter and cash. While people has shown immense resilience in coping with the disaster, there is still a lot that needs to be done to recover from this mega disaster. In the coming days, DCA will continue its support and help the affected communities in building more permanent shelters and latrines, repair broken water tanks and build taps, provide counseling to help people cope with the stress of the earthquake and train them on vocational skills like carpentry, and mason training among others to help them secure their livelihoods.
“I have never been happier at getting an SMS before. I got a message in my cell phone yesterday saying that I would get additional 10,000 rupees I can now complete my shelter with that money before the monsoon”, says 55 year old Ramdebi Tamang from Changu ,Bhaktapur.