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Rehabilitating Facilities Destroyed in the Earthquake

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The huge earthquake of 25 April 2015 not only destroyed lives and homes; it also destroyed basic facilities such as schools, drinking water supplies, toilets and irrigation channels. Given its long history of collaboration with communities in Helambu and Melamchi, Helvetas focused its emergency response and subsequent rehabilitation efforts in this area.

  • Project Name
    Rehabilitation of Facilities of Earthquake Affected People
  • Project Phase
    2015 to 2019
  • Funding
    This project is funded by donations and Swiss Solidarity.
  • Thematic focus
    Climate & Disaster Resilience

In responding to the earthquake, Helvetas has teamed with other Swiss organizations – most notably Solidar in reconstruction activities. We have maintained regular consultation with the National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal (NRA), adhering to their procedures and guidelines. We have also collaborated closely with the newly elected representatives of the Helambu and Melamchi municipalities.

Helvetas and Solidar have worked together in supporting the most disadvantaged residents, including single women, elderly and disabled individuals, to rebuild their homes and lives. The new houses are simple, single-storey buildings with two or three rooms, designed for resilience against any future earthquakes. 781 earthquake resilient homes got technical assistance and grant support.

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Construction of WASH facilities © Helvetas
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A rehabilitated house and an elderly owner © Helvetas
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Hand washing demonstration by social mobilizer © Helvetas

2,500 households with a private drinking water supply

Prior to the earthquake, most households had to collect drinking water from a community tap, sometimes some distance away. The earthquake changed underground water flows, with many water sources drying up or changing course. The new drinking water supply schemes bring water to a private tap stand outside each house, “building back better”. Women no longer spend time carrying heavy water vessels; private tap maintenance is generally extremely good, and hygiene practices are improved.

Map of reconstructed water supply scheme

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«Helvetas helped me build a permanent house for an old and single woman who is like a star over the hills (meaning an elderly person nearing the end of life). I am very happy to have a solid home.»

Maili Tamang, 73, Helmbu, Sindhupalchwok

38 drinking water user committees established 

Each of the 38 water supply schemes is maintained by a government – registered User Committee, whose members have been trained in operation and maintenance. They have also established an operation and maintenance fund, to which users contribute – ensuring that the costs of any future repairs can be covered. 

1,000 more disadvantaged earthquake – affected households and 10 additional water supply schemes are targeted with intensive technical assistance in a second phase, serviced by a technical assistance resource center providing both technical and social support. 

How Helvetas Supports People in Nepal

It all started in Nepal: Helvetas launched its first projects in 1956 in Nepal.

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.
Contact us

Rehabilitation of Facilities of Earthquake Affected People
GPO 688 Kathmandu

Phone:+977 1 5527 726
Fax:+977 1 5531 107
E-Mail: climate.np@helvetas.org