On the 29th day from the date of Earthquake2015, upon request from a local social worker Mr. Kumar Khakural, we traveled towards the Dhading -Chatre Deurali Ward No. 1; a beautiful small isolated village, far from any developments reach although not so far as in the distance from Kathmandu. The place was badly damaged including loss of lives. Few of the upper class families who could afford were rebuilding there houses and the one’s who were unable were staying under the tents provided by some organisations. Based on site status, communications with locals and interview with families, we identified and selected 16 families who were most deprived and were not able to construct their shelter by themselves.
Rebuilding: Phase II -Dhading Chatre Deurali (Ward No: 1)
35th day from the date of EarthQuake2015, we started our project Rebuilding: Phase II at Chatre Deurali-1 of Dhading district. Although, it took some time for us to arrange the fund and to identify the proper location to safely build the house for those selected families, we were able to start it on timely. Locals were very helpful to work with us as a volunteer. We were able to collect some amount donated by our local friends and friends from overseas; who were convinced by our previous project Rebuilding: Phase I -Bungamati.
From the date onwards, the project continued for hundred and thirty two (132) days and we were able to complete sixteen (16) houses and one added later for the total of seventeen (17) houses. Meanwhile we also distributed few sewing machines to the families waiting for re-eastablishments, stationaries and books to the children of surrounding areas and were able to train few locals on building houses using modern tools.
after completion of rebuilding..
After completion of building seventeen (17) shelters as per our project plan, we handed over the houses to the respected families. Soon after this, we realised the need of few common toilets and the clean drinking water requirements. Our estimated budget had already crossed its mark due to the extra payments to the transport of building materials to the site caused by blockade from India.
We decided to exhibit and sale our photos as an exhibition to raise the fund for building toilets and to buy clean drinking water poly tanks. The exhibition “Nepal is Beautiful -I” went well as expected and we were able to collect enough fund through sales of our photographs and few donations received.
With in a month period we build eight (8) common toilets and distributed seventeen (17) poly tanks for clean drinking water.
As the winter knocked, childrens and some adults living on those temporary shelters were badly affected. We planned ahead for this issue and started searching for donors to provide warm blankets. Mr. Mani Lama -senior photographer and Mr Meghraj Samsher Thapa, Mr Anup Samsher Thapa from Dharmamukteshwor Guthi Pariwar provided us some warm blankets to this cause.