Emergency & Recovery



Caritas has been supporting disaster; flood, landslide, fire, cold wave, affected people during emergencies. Caritas focuses to support people in dire need during emergencies. Caritas carries out emergency response in various districts benefitting thousands of affected families.
Under this section, Caritas is running following projects:

As usual, Caritas carries out emergency response and early recovery support with food, non-food and temporary shelter supports.
1,680 affected families have been benefitted with food, water, mosquito nets and hygiene kits
2,453 students have been benefitted with educational supplies and stationary kit
739 families and 311 school children have been benefitted with WASH
307 pregnant and lactating women have been benefitted with nutritional food package
67 houses and 2 community centers have been construted in Pyuthan, Jhapa, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi

Caritas launched the project in 15 wards of Gorkha municipality to provide safe, adequate, sustainable and sanitary environment, to make access of safe drinking water, appropriate sanitation and healthy environment for the affected. The project recover livelihoods through various trainings and related support benefiting at least 26,000 people. So far, it has been:
Training local masons in earthquake-proof construction so that Gorkha communities can build back better
Helping communities rebuild houses, toilets and water supply systems, via door-to-door support and Cash for Work schemes
Training farmers in new agricultural, seed-storage and livestock rearing techniques, and providing them with seeds


The project has been designed to meet the immediate needs of affected families as well as building long term livelihood security. So far, work includes:
8 irrigation systems repaired (used by 763 households)
6 water supply schemes, which benefits 344 households
Cash-For-Work schemes in three villages to support local people

Trained 51 local people in alternative livelihoods, especially vegetable farming

Mobilizing 8,637 earthquake affected families towards a steady recovery through Shelter, WASH, livelihood, protection and psychosocial supports

Shelter
With the slogan Surakshit Awash Afain Banau; (Let us build safe houses ourselves) Caritas has been providing technical support and housing grant to 8,225 families.
masons have been trained to construct earthquake-resistant houses using local materials such as stone, mud and bricks. orientation sessions to 4000 households on the fundamentals of earthquake-proof reconstruction
4242 households with the first instalment of a housing grant, worth Rs.50, 000 per household.


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
With the objective of enabling earthquake affected families to use safe and appropriate WASH facilities.
17 drinking water systems constructed.
Tested more than 100 local water sources for coliform contamination.
Organized awareness-raising activities about the crucial importance of good hygiene, reaching more than 6000 households

Livelihood and Disaster Risk Reduction
Earthquake affected households have increased livelihood security and reduced disaster risk.
3208 households involved in cash-for-work schemes to repair local infrastructure like bridges, roads and community resting sheds.
Training local farmers in livestock management and improved agricultural techniquesMore than 1000 local households have started their own kitchen gardens

Seeds and saplings distributed to 5449 farming households, goats to 489 small farmers, and basic agricultural tools such as bio-fertilizer and plastic sheeting to 718.

Protection and Psychosocial Support
With the objective of safe dignified manner and to provide basic guidance and referral support to people with mental trauma and disability through the following activities:
256 personnel and volunteers of Caritas Nepal and five partner agencies have mainstreamed protection concerns in various sectoral interventions
71 trained volunteers have been providing basic guidance and referral support to people with psychosocial problems.
88 feedback boxes have been placed in local offices and neighborhoods to make recommendations. Till now, 160 feedback messages have been received and addressed by local teams.