This monsoon, Keshav Khanal 40 from Gandaki-7, Gorkha District in Nepal did not worry about the heavy rainfall. Recently in June he shifted to his new home with his family. He is a person living with a disability with deformed legs below knees and also suffers from mild speech impairment. He is among the ones whose house was destroyed by the major Earthquake of 2015. Since then, he lived in a house built temporarily, with 4 members of his family.
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 house construction. He mostly relied on disability allowance and labor work in his village to sustain his daily living. He was hopeless with no resources to rebuild a house for his family.
Purnima’s housing reconstruction project funded with 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.
Through Purnima fund he was supported with reconstruction materials worth One Lakh Sixty Thousand rupees (One lakh supported by Mott Macdonald and Sixty thousand supported by PHASE Nepal) which included blocks, cement, gravel, skilled labor, doors, and iron truss for his home. He was additionally supported by the Palika office with fifty thousand rupees to complete his house.
He is now living at his new home with a kitchen and bedroom separated, with an accessible toilet and drinking water supply by his yard.
To strengthen and support sustainable income generation he was supported with two goats. With the goat rearing, he was also able to contribute stones for his house worth 9,000 rupees. 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 homes and regain the opportunity for a suitable and sustainable livelihood.