Geographic coverage Talmarang VDC in Sindhupalchowk district and Bhirkot, Chilankha, Gairimudi, Hawa, Japhe, Jhule, Laduk, Malu and Mirge VDCs and some parts of Jiri and Bhimeshwor Municipality in Dolakha district
Project duration 1st May 2016 to 31st May 2016
Budget € 12,82,452 (NPR 14,29,67,748)
Funding partner/s  Concern WorldWide
Target groups Earthquake survivors of 6 VDCs and Ward No. 3 of Bhimeshwor Municipality Total beneficiaries:  6,500 Households (with population size of 28,066)

 

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Introduction

During the distribution of Non-food Items (NFI) kits in Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha districts in the aftermath of the 25th April and 10th May earthquakes, it was identified that there was a severe need of shelter support. People had lost almost everything with their houses. Although the surviving families were able to retrieve some of their belongings from the rubbles, they lacked proper shelter, which would accommodate their belongings. This tragic situation had motivated RRN to collaborate with Concern Worldwide to implement the “Transitional Shelter Support for 6,500 Households in Dolakha, Nepal” programme in Dolakha district. This programme was focused on providing temporary shelter support, which included CGI sheets, fixing accessories and toolkits to 6,500 households in six VDCs namely Bhirkot, Gairimudi, Japhe, Jhule, Malu, Mirge and Bhimeshwor Municipality in Dolakha district. Under the close coordination and recommendation from the shelter cluster and approval from District Disaster Relief Committee (DDRC) the target VDCs were selected. 

Objectives

  • To provide transitional shelter support to the earthquake survivors in Dolakha district,
  • To provide technical assistance in the construction of transitional shelters using the support materials distributed.

Details and specifications of support materials

  • CGI Sheets x 2 bundles: Brand: Arati/Surakshya; Quality: 120g/m² Zinc coated; Dimension: 6 ft. X 2.5 ft.; GP thickness: 0.42 mm; 12 pieces per bundle.
  • Fixing Accessories x 1: 1 kg x 3” Nails; 1 kg x 2.5” Cap snails; 1 pkt. (100 pcs) x Bitumen Washer; 1 kg x GI Wire (14 gauge). 
  • Toolkits x 1: 1 x Nail removing hammer; 1 x Carpenter saw (16”); 1 x Pick-Axe (2.5 kg); 1 x Crow Bar (1.25 x 60 inch, 29mm); 1 x Shovel (iron); 1 x Combination Plier (8”). 

Outcomes

  • All earthquake survivors of project area received the support materials and constructed temporary/transitional shelter utilising the local resources and CGI sheets.
  • Effective use of toolkits and fixing accessories for the construction of the transitional shelter.

Key Achievements

  • The support materials, especially the toolkit provided was considered extremely useful for the victims to demolish the building and to construct new shelters. The quality of these support materials was highly valued by the beneficiary communities.
  • The support materials not only served in the construction of temporary shelter but also served in the construction of semi-permanent shelter, which would provide sufficient space and safety for the belongings of the victims. This shelter would last at least for the next 4-5 years until they are able to rebuild earthquake resilient buildings with the financial grant provided by the government. 

Lessons Learnt

  • The toolkits became the value aid to address the needs of the disaster victims. The beneficiaries considered the toolkits very useful in demolishing the damaged structure and in rebuilding a new one. 
  • Directives (designs, resource utilisation and skills required) to build the houses using the provided support materials would have been more effective and less time consuming.