Geographic coverage Three VDCs - Phulasi, Daduwa and Tokarpur of Ramechhap District
Project duration August 2015 to July 2016
Budget $ 2,49,944 (NPR 2,52,79,336)
Funding partner/s  The American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee
Target groups 3067 households (13,980 people) most affected and disadvantaged households/communities in the 3 VDCs of project district 
Project Leader Mr. Rajesh Chaudhary

 

Introduction

Community-Based Livelihood and Recovery Support Project (CLRSP) has been funded and technically supported by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and implemented by Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) in 3 VDCs of Ramechhap district, namely Phulasi, Daduwa and Tokarpur since August 2015. CLRSP aims to support livelihood and recovery after incursion of the earthquake with the goal of ‘build back better’ through recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.  

The build back better aims to increase disaster risk reduction and preparedness in community level through the formation of Local Disaster Risk Management Committee (LDRMC)  and Community Based Disaster Risk Management Committees (CBDRMCs), to improve the earthquake affected livelihood through employment generation activities, along with a financial and technical support, renovation of school and forming and reforming, reviving, revitalising of the existing as well as new mechanisms, etc.  

Objectives

The general objective of this project is to bring marked improvements in the livelihoods of earthquake-affected households by developing crucial asset for community-based integrated livelihood and recovery initiatives.

Following are the specific objectives of the project: 

  • To expand sustainable livelihood assets (physical, financial and social capital), especially for disadvantaged groups in the earthquake-affected areas,
  • To mobilise communities into groups for improved disaster risk reduction preparedness practices, social harmony and psychosocial counselling, including collective action for community infrastructure development,
  • To increase household income of 715 earthquake affected families (by 50% over baseline data) through project interventions in skills training, micro-enterprise development, improved farming and livestock technologies and practices and other income generating activities. 
  • Expected Results
  • Increased capacity of community people to cope with natural calamities and disaster.
  • Increased livelihoods status of disaster affected and vulnerable people.
  • Enhanced expertise in preparing a local disaster risk management plan.
  • Development of local disaster risks management plan.

Key Achievements

  • 27 Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Committee (CBDRMC) and 3 Local Disaster Risk Management Committee (LDRMC) have been formed and developed their emergency response plan.
  • 365 community people are trained on the concept of community vulnerability capacity analysis tools and the local disaster risk management plan is prepared.
  • 1078 children from 1056 HHs are directly and indirectly benefited from the school infrastructure support.
  • Training provided to 750 poor, earthquake affected people on vegetable, and kitchen gardening and input supported to uplift their livelihoods and make them more disaster resilient.
  • 5 % local level budgets have been allocated to the plan of CBDRMC and LDRMC by the office of three VDCs.
  • Training provided to 60 poor and earthquake affected male and female for the stone layer mason and carpentry. 
  • 8 community schools have been restructured and renovated in three VDCs to provide quality education to 1200 children.
  • 4 minor infrastructures like check dam, gabion wall, landslides mitigation support have been provided to safe access of people to the road and save their lives from landslides benefitting to 2345 people.

Impact on GESI and Environment

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is one of the major crosscutting themes of the project. Under the CLRSP project, among 14 staffs, 6 are female covering 42% inclusion. Similarly, 42% members are women in LDRMCs and CBDRMCs. In the User’s Committees, 33 % women participants have been ensured and 7 women represent the vital post, such as Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. Likewise, in all the project activities, Janajatis represent 65 %, BCTS represent 27 %, and Dalit represent 8 %.

Lessons Learnt

  • Formation and strengthening of CBDRMC and LDRMC has become one of the essential components of the project since the Government of Nepal has made it mandatory.
  • Psychosocial counselling as one of the major crosscutting themes of the project leading the community people to overcome through the adverse impact of the social trauma of the earthquake.
  • Since the condition of WASH and nutrition is low in the project VDCs, it has to be promoted in all project VDCs.
  • Since working in close coordination with GoN at the local level, ownership of the project has been felt by the local bodies, like VDC and DDC. Thus, the coordination and collaboration with GoN entities is vital.