Geographic coverage Bhusapheda, Boach, Dudhpokhari, Katakuti, Lankuridanda and Magapauwa VDCs of Dolakha District
Project duration February 2016 – 31st of January 2019
Budget 1,556,000.00 EUR
Funding partner/s  Bread for the World
Target groups 3000 Earthquake affected Households from 6 project VDCs (Resource poor earthquake victims, who has lost permanent houses, Female headed households, People with disability, Poor Dalits and ethnic minority groups, People as landless or holding very small piece of land)  
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 Introductions

Community Initiative in Livelihood and Rehabilitation in Response to Earthquake in Nepal (CILRREN) 2015 project is a post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation project being implemented by RRN in partnership with the financial support of Bread for the World (BfdW). In the emergency phase, RRN with many funding partners supported the earthquake survivors with several humanitarian supports such as emergency food and non-food items, temporary shelter support and toolkits. Currently, earthquake survivors have multiple shortcomings to run their normal life. With more than 80% people poor, who live in high hills and mountainous areas and have minimal access to food and other basic amenities for their livelihoods, Dolakha was ranked 67th out of 75 districts for the continuous deficit of food.  Since the earthquake struck the nation and Dolakha is one of the 14 major districts hit by the earthquake, where thousands of infrastructures are to be rebuilt and livelihood is to be restored. The survivors are expecting supports for reviving and improving their agriculture practice for better livelihoods and reconstruction of community infrastructures such as agriculture/feeder roads, irrigation schemes, agriculture market system, community buildings, etc.

For this matter, a large number of skilled masons including labours are in huge demand within these affected districts. Reconstruction and rehabilitation support for improving agricultural practice and linkage with market within the key sectors would have a multiplier effect in reviving the livelihood of the earthquake affected communities. Hence, there is an urgent need to support these communities on livelihood improvement especially of the vulnerable and exposed population with effective governance, enhanced capacity to on disaster risk reduction and strengthening the recovery capacity on the long run.  

Project Objectives

Creating livelihood opportunities to the earthquake survivors for their economic recovery and rehabilitation for long-term. 

Expected Outcomes

Outcome-1 

Marginalised earthquake-affected targeted HHs in the 6 VDCs practised improved and diversified agriculture on and off-farm sustainable livelihood activities.

Indicators:

  • 3000 targeted HHs of which at least 50% are female-lead, will have increased their income from diversified farming and non-farming activities (e.g. organised farming by smallholders) on an average of 25 %
  • At least 300 small holder earthquake survivors out of which at least 50% are female and 70%  Dalits practice diversified agriculture in an organised and agri-business oriented manner.

Outcome-2 

Marginalised earthquake-affected targeted HHs in the 6 VDCs enhanced the capacity to build earthquake resilient net low coast building and increased community based disaster preparedness

Indicators:

  • At least 50 km agriculture roads, 24 irrigation schemes, 6 rustic stores, 6 agriculture community collection centers, and 6 public schools will be functional in order to support the increased production and marketing of agriculture and livestock products from the 6 project VDCs and the continuous (or regular) maintenance will be assured by the respective local VDCs through a Memorandum of Understanding. 
  • 3000 targeted HH (both men and women) are knowledgeable about earthquake resilient building codes and 
  • Local Disaster Risk Management Plan (LDRMP) and have periodic reviews and/or take actions to sustain the coping mechanism in case of a disaster (e.g. soil erosion, landslides, fire lines, and earthquake). 

Major focus of the project

  • Capacity building of rural communities for the construction of earthquake resilient house/building
  • Appropriate value chain measures which are mostly small-scale processing and marketing supports (grading, drying, grinding, packaging, etc.)
  • Reconstruction of earthquake resilient community infrastructure
  • Community preparedness for Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity enhancement of group/ networks and farmers/ user groups cooperatives 

Major initiatives of the project

Outcome 1: Support for Agriculture and Livestock 

  • Support communities to establish nurseries of high-value cash crops and fodders 
  • Seeds and seedlings supports to peasants for organised production of high-value high hill cash crops
  • Organise 24 farmers field schools (FFS) for 600 peasants 
  • Training to 60 youths on value chain (Agro-processing and marketing) and agro-entrepreneurship.
  • Support to 300 farmers for livestock and poultry improvement. 
  • Organize Farmers’ Field Schools (FFS) where the participants will be at least 80% female. 
  • Advance/updated training to agriculture technicians and veterinarians including FFS trainer. 

Outcome 2: Support for the constructions

  • Maintenance and partly construction of 48 section of agriculture/feeder road roads 
  • Maintenance and construction support for 24 irrigation schemes (irrigation canals, spring ponds, small reservoirs).  
  • Construction of 6 agriculture commodity collection/marketing centres as community buildings 
  • Support for the construction and maintenance of 6 public schools 
  • Technology transfer for the production and dissemination of low cost and earthquake resilient housing materials.
  • Capacity building in designing and implementation of low cost, earthquake resilient housing (design and model supports).
  • Development of hazard maps of project VDCs, preparation of display boards, production pamphlets and booklets.