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Nepal Govt. Regd. No. 1224/064, SWC Affiliation No. 22612
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal at 11:56 am. The earthquake was the biggest to hit our country in nearly a century. It caused a widespread destruction of properties, mainly houses, and death of thousands of people. The epicenter of the earthquake was in Gorkha district, which has been our area of focus since Sambhav Nepal was established. Gorkha was one of the hardest-hit districts in Nepal where there were villages with all the houses destroyed and villages where more than 95% structures were affected.
Immediately after the earthquake hit, we visited the affected villages in Gorkha with relief supplies. You can read about our relief efforts here: Nepal Earthquake Relief. In our aid trips to Gorkha, we assessed the damages and realized that we should be focusing on long-term assistance. So, we collaborated with Ace the Himalaya, an adventure travel operator and one of our supporters, to design volunteering trips with a hope that volunteers from around the world would come to Nepal and help in rebuilding homes for the earthquake victims.
The two volunteering trips are:
The two trips allow the participants to contribute precious sweat equity as they engage in rebuilding. They also contribute financially to buy necessary building materials as they automatically donate USD 300 from the amount they have paid to sign up in the trip. We hope we will receive volunteers as long as the earthquake victims need assistance in rebuilding.
In Gorkha district, our focus location for rebuilding houses is Arughat Rural Municipality (Before the local elections of 2017, it was divided into Arupokhari, Aruchanaute, Aruarbang and Thumi Village Development Committees). To reach these places, we at first transfer our volunteers in jeeps from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar, which takes about 7/8 hours. And from Arughat, the volunteers have to walk to reach the destination villages. This walking can be from 1 hour to 8 hours depending upon the village location.
Sambhav Nepal is on the process of establishing 108 houses out of which we have completed 6 of them in first phase and are about to start building 9 houses in second phase very soon. Our focus while building all these houses is on those people who are not able to add a single amount of money to the grant given by the government due to poverty. The government gives the grant of USD 3000 to the earthquake victims to rebuild their houses and toilets which is not sufficient. We will therefore be helping them rebuild the houses according to the code of conduct of the Government which is how they will also be able to get the government grant. Since the houses and toilets will be constructed by Sambhav Nepal, the villagers must compulsorily use the government grant to implant biogas, purchase domestic animals or construct an animal shed according to their necessity. Each house will comprise of 3 rooms; 1 kitchen, 1 store room, 1 bedroom of dormitory style and a toilet a little farther away from the house.
To identify the needy victims, we have formed a committee of 5 local leaders in the villages including the Chief of the village (Government representative). They know the area and its people. So that would help us avoid aid wastages.
Our needs and targets for Rebuild Home Gorkha project are:
With building 15 houses only, we still have 93 houses more to go. We are searching for the donors so that we can continue building houses as soon as possible.
Rebuild Home Gorkha Project started in September 2015. Since then we have been rebuilding houses for the earthquake victims at Arughat Rural Municipality of Gorkha district. We will be working until our needs and targets are fully met. We hope that volunteers willing to volunteer and donors from various countries help us in fulfillment of our goals.
We have divided the project according to different phases as the work cannot be done in bulk altogether due to lack of enough funds. We have successfully completed Phase I and are on the process of beginning of Phase II.
The Phase II of Rebuild Home Gorkha Project will start very soon. The fund is in place from our generous Swiss donor who has willingly accepted to help us build 9 houses at different villages of Arughat Rural Municipality, Gorkha district. According to the plan for Phase II, all 9 houses will have biogas implantation for cooking purpose so that fuelling for cooking food will be easier and eco-friendly in nature. The bio-gas implantation will be from the grant given by the government. All the houses will have an individual toilets within a reasonable distance. The documentation and government paperwork is being carried out. The work will be started as soon as the paperwork is completed.
In Phase I, we have completed 6 houses in Arughat Rural Municipality (previously called Arupokhari and Aruchanaute Village Development Committees) of Gorkha district.
In September 2015, we received the first batch of volunteers. A group of 17 went to Ward No 8 Ratamate village of Arughat Rural Municipality (previously Ward No 6 of Arupokhari Village Development Committee ). They worked hard and rebuilt the first house. This was turned into a video by two university students who were also the volunteers. You can see the video here: Video Link
There are some kind-hearted supporters who couldn’t come to Nepal but donated money to rebuild the houses. And yes, if there are people who might not have time to come here but want to donate to reconstruct the houses of the earthquake victims, they can do so.
We are thankful for the stream of volunteers who came to Nepal from various countries as well from the donors. Because of them, we have now completed 6 houses and bring happiness in the lives of the benefitted families.