This monsoon, Keshav Khanal 40 from Gandaki-7, Gorkha District in Nepal did not worry about the heavy rainfall. Recently in June 2021, he shifted to his new home with his family. He is a person living with disability -deformed legs below knees and also suffers from mild speech impairment. He is among the ones whose house was destroyed by the mega Earthquake of 2015. Since then, he lived in a temporary shelter for about five years, with 4 members of his family.
He mostly relies on disability allowance and daily labor work in his village to sustain his daily living. Though he met the criteria for the reconstruction grant from the Government of Nepal, like many others, he did not make it to the list to receive government grants for the house construction. He was hopeless with no resources to rebuild a house for his family, while the temporary shelter was becoming very old.
Purnima’s housing reconstruction project funded with the UKaid through the British Embassy Kathmandu, managed by Mott MacDonald and implemented by PHASE Nepal supported him with socio-technical facilitation and financial support in collaboration with Gandaki Rural Municipality for the reconstruction of his house meeting the technical standards marked by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).
Through Purnima project fund he got construction materials worth One Lakh Sixty Thousand rupees (One lakh from Purnima project and Sixty thousand from other sources managed by PHASE Nepal) which included hollow concrete blocks, cement, sand, aggregate, reinforcement, truss for roof and cash for skilled workers. He was additionally supported by the Gaupalika Palika office with fifty thousand rupees. With these support and his own labor contribution, he completed a two room house.
He is now living at his new home with a separate kitchen and bedroom, with an accessible toilet and drinking water supply by his yard.
To strengthen and support sustainable income generation he was supported with a female two goat with two kids. After few months, he sold grown up goats and spend the income, Nrs 9,000 to purchase additional construction material for the house. He has continued with the goat rearing, now he has 5 goats at his farm.
He shares, “I would never have the courage to rebuild my home. Thank you to the Purnima project.”
My house is built strong and accessible for me. I am glad to have a home for my family.
Also, goat rearing is doable for my needs. With less effort, I am making a good income. I am continuing goat farming. I can easily take care of them.”
Gita Khanal, his wife shares, “I am thankful for the support we received in rebuilding our home. I hope to receive the supports in the future as well”
With the support of the Purnima project, several other people like him, are able to rebuild their home and regain the opportunity for a suitable and sustainable livelihood.