Winter is a challenging time of year for isolated communities in the Nepalese Himalayas and the destruction caused by the two devastating earthquakes of 2015 has made winter conditions even more dangerous for those living in affected areas. A lack of fuel, suitable shelter and warm clothing has exacerbated the difficulties of facing the winter months. PHASE Nepal has been working with invaluable support from People in Need (PiN) to provide winterization support to those in need in Selang, a village in the Sindhupalchowk District. The Winterization project has successfully been completed in Selang, with 909 households having benefited from the programme.
The partnership and cooperation between PHASE and PiN allowed for temporary shelters to be built and relief materials to be distributed throughout Selang. PiN provided fixings, such as hinges and nails, corrugated iron sheeting and toolkits so that temporary shelters could be built, providing families protection from the elements. Importantly, the project not only involved providing building materials, but also winter equipment such as blankets, jackets for those under the age of 18 and shawls for the most vulnerable women, such as those who are pregnant or disabled. Benefiting households also received tools such as pick axes, shovels and pliers, as well as household items such as mattresses and rope.
PHASE, acting as PiN’s local implementing partner, assessed the needs of households in the village to ensure that all families received appropriate support and then went on to coordinate and carry out distribution. PHASE ensured that all supplies were provided fairly, whilst PiN coordinated with relevant stakeholders and carried out post-distribution monitoring. Cooperation between PiN and PHASE was essential to the success of the project, which surpassed its original target of aiding 665 households.
PHASE has been working in Sindhupalchowk since 2006 and projects such as the winter programme in Selang complement our healthcare, education and livelihoods initiatives to enable communities to gain empowerment and break the cycle of poverty. The winter preparedness project has allowed communities to prepare for the frosts of winter and to benefit from basic household supplies and temporary shelters which are essential in the harsh winter conditions of Selang.