Caritas re-building futures in Nepal

Caritas is providing training in disaster-resistant building techniques in Nepal (Jennifer Hardy/CRS)

Three years after the Nepal earthquake that killed 9000 people and injured more than 22,000, Caritas Australia continues to restore infrastructure and livelihoods in the earthquake-prone country.

Immediately following the April 2015 earthquake, the global Caritas network was able to reach over 59,000 households in some of the hardest hit areas with emergency aid, including temporary shelters, blankets, water and hygiene kits, and non-food items.

Today, Caritas Australia is working with Caritas Nepal to build earthquake and disaster resistant houses to equip communities against future risks. Caritas has helped the community to build more than 4000 new homes, and 13 village communities across Nepal have been re-built with earthquake resistant buildings.

“Caritas Nepal continues to focus on effectively reaching the most vulnerable community members with shelter and livelihoods support," said Melville Fernandez, Manager of Humanitarian Emergencies at Caritas Australia.

"We recognise that households face many challenges to rebuild their homes and improve their lives and so are working with local communities to create employment opportunities,” Mr Fernandez said.

“Caritas Nepal’s active engagement with the government at the central and local levels has created opportunities which help these ongoing recovery efforts.”

For Chankhey Tamang, his new home has created a sense of hope for the future. Mr Tamang, 48, has a disability and, with a family of six to look after, was worried by the challenge of building a home.

“I can’t carry anything on my back, and I can’t walk long distances. Some people of other caste groups look down upon me because of my disability,” Mr Tamang said.

“Yet I was among the first ones in the village to reconstruct shelter, and I am extremely thankful to Caritas Nepal for all the support they provided me to accomplish this task.”

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Caritas supporting marginalised communities three years after Nepal earthquake (Caritas Australia) 

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