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  • Resolving reconstruction dilemmas: NRA's toll-free helpline
    Nov 16, 2017

    With help from the National Reconstruction Authority’s toll-free inquiry service, Chitra Bahadur Damai was able to sort out issues with the release of his reconstruction grant and resume rebuilding

  • Tracking the flow: NRA’s helpline gives homeowners vital information on reconstruction grants
    Nov 14, 2017

    With help from the National Reconstruction Authority’s toll-free inquiry service, Chitra Bahadur Damai was able to sort out issues with the release of his reconstruction grant and resume rebuilding

  • Life took a turn for the better two months ago for the people of Humin, a small village in western Nepal's district of Palpa. Thanks to a UNDP supported project, villagers are benefiting from a new solar pumping system, bringing them hitherto scarce drinking water.

  • People in Bahakot, a village in Nepal's Syangja district, nearly 300 kilometres west of Kathmandu, the capital, know the devastating impact of natural disasters first hand: four years ago a landslide swept away 24 people and destroyed 19 homes.

  • With the implementation of the Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP), a joint initiative of His Majesty's Government of Nepal and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), many positive changes have been noticed in the rural villages of Nepal. The generation of electricity with the support of the programme has not only reduced the drudgery of the people but also has helped to enhance the livelihoods of the rural people.

  • November 2005; The Bhoksing VDC has been declared as the Model Energy VDC by the Eight District Council of the Parbat District Development Committee. One of the 55 VDCs of the Parbat district, the Bhoking has become the first VDC that has electricity access to its all 234 households. This has become possible due to the installation of two micro hydro plants, two plethoric sets and 17 solar home systems. Besides, all the households have constructed the improved cook stoves, which have helped reduced the fuelwood consumption by about 30 percent.

  • It might sound quite astounding, but the community people of a remote village called Dudilabhati are finding themselves very close to the rest of the world through connection of their TVs with the cable network of the disc antenna. This has become possible due to the micro hydro system, which is installed for generating electricity for household lighting and end-use applications. The Dudilabhati village is situated at 30 Km from the nearest motorable road at Baglung Bazar. It takes one day to walk from Baglung to the village.

  • November 2005; Bhoksing Village Development Committee is one of the most remote and backward villages of Parvat district but with the generation of electricity, the village has been one of the exemplary villages of Nepal.

  • November 2005; Women of Pauthak VDC ward no. 5 and 6 of Tehrathum district now no longer light Tukis (a small kerosene lamp). They do not use the Dhiki-,Tato (manual grinding) either! The children of the ward now study under 40-watt electric lamp and do not have to study in the dim kerosene lamp or tuki. The men no longer worry about the price of kerosene that at times hike to Rs. 23 per litre. Tehrathum, the remote district has seen a change after the formation of Community Organisation.

  • February 2006; The Female User Groups in western Nepal are getting more and more involved in the Buffer Zone Programme around the Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. They have realized that only by conserving their natural resources they can improve their livelihood. The realization that conserving biodiversity is important led them to undertake the task of spreading messages about the importance of conservation among the Buffer Zone communities.

  • August 2006; Commonly known as 'Susu', Ganges River Dolphins are found in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Bhutan. Experts blame low political will and the absence of grass root support as the key factors leading to this unique specifies facing extinction today.

  • March 2007; The 300,000 rural population of Nepal or over 48,000 households will have received access to electricity by June 2007 through 274 micro hydro systems altogether generating 4916 kilo watt power' the settlements that are not likely to be connected by the national grid in the next five years.

  • June 2007; People of Dumarwana VDC, Bara district have been producing and using briquettes for cooking as it greatly helps in reducing indoor pollution. Briquettes are used as substitute for firewood and kerosene and it hugely reduces carbondioxide emission.

  • July 2007; It is only a short drive from the lovely town of Charikot that the smoke of a new distillation unit processing local Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) can be seen from a distance. The distillation unit produces high quality essential oils that reach the domestic and international markets.

  • August 2007; Nar Bahadur Tamang, a solar tuki user from Panchakanya Ilam says, ' I neither have to worry about fire hazard nor spend money to purchase kerosene or battery. Students are also satisfied as solar tukis* mean more study hours.'

  • March 2008; Community in Pithauli, Nawalparasi is managing a unique endeavour of running the Vulture Restaurant to conserve critically endangered vultures.

  • May 2008; On 25 May, the tenth and final Nepali member of the First Inclusive Women's Sagarmatha Expedition (FIWSE) completed her summit bid, making FIWSE the most successful female expedition to conquer Sagarmatha (Mount Everest). This group unfurled the MDG 3 banner offered by the Danish Embassy at the summit in support of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

  • January 2009; The UNDP/Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) Nepal has supported the Centre for Renewable Energy (CRE), an NGO to initiate a project on 'Displacement of kerosene lamp by low cost white light emitting diode (WLED) based photo voltaic lighting System'' better known as solar tuki or the solar lamp!

  • February 2009; About two and a half hours drive away from Kathmandu is a peaceful village Pinthali (Mangaltar Village Development Committee) in Kavre district. All the residents are Tamangs (indigenous peoples) in this village. Here are the excerpts of interview with Karma Dhoj Lama, the beneficiary and former Chairperson of the Community Organisation established by the community through the support of UNDP Rural Energy Development Programme in 1997;

  • March 2009; Until recently the 765 households of Dagtundanda village, Baglung have relied on batteries, candles and smoky lanterns to light their homes and on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods.

  • August 2009; The country's first ever Community Seed Bank (CSB) was established in 2004 in Kachorwa village of Bara district with the support of the Agricultural Development and Conservation Society (ADCS) and the Loca l Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development (LI BIRD).

  • August 2009; The Sundevi User committee, comprising of 49 members in Suklaphanata Wildlife Reserve, Jhalari village of Kanchanpur district has been cultivating Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla)' a herbal plant to extract oil. The herbs are being distilled into valuable essential oils under the supervision of Biosys-Nepal Ltd to ensure that the oil quality meets the high standards needed for selling as organically grown oil in the European market.

  • January 2010; The Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP) was showcased as one of the five successful Southern-grown Development Solution to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in the second Global South South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) held in the World Bank complex at Washington DC from 14-17 December 2009. Mr. Kiran Man Singh, the National Programme Manager received the award for REDP's outstanding contribution to the South South Cooperation.

  • May 2010; The 100 kw Bom Khola micro hydro plant'a joint venture of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre of the Government of Nepal, UNDP Rural Energy Development Programme (REDP), the World Bank and the local community has brought a huge change in Lukla with the generation of power. The project is the first and the largest system built and owned by a local community in the country with the support of REDP.

  • June 2010; Pema Tamanag from Saramthali village in Rasuwa district is very happy with the smoke hood stove in her house. She says, 'the smoke hood is ideal in our cool highland area where we need a lot of firewood to keep our rooms warm. Generally one head load of firewood (approx. 30 kg) lasts only 3 days. But with the smoke hood, one head load lasts 5 days. It is equally efficient to keep the room warm and with no smoke inside the house.'

  • July 2010; The number of vanishing vulture population has been increasing in Nawalparasi after the establishment of community managed Vulture Restaurant. The average number of vultures arriving per feed increased from 54 in 2007 to 82 in 2008 and 116 in 2009. Likewise, the number of nests in the surrounding areas increased every year from 17 (2006/07) to 33 (07/08), to 46 (08/09) and 68 (09/10).

  • September 2010; A small population of nine blackbucks (deer) were discovered in Khairapur of Bardiya district (mid-west region) in 1976. Khairapur is the only place in Nepal that shelters the almost extinct population of blackbucks locally known as Krishnasar.

  • 40 laptops contributed by DELL, a leading global IT company, have reached schools in eight districts of Nepal. All recipient schools have now begun offering computer lessons to students. This is the first time these schools are offering computer classes. The schools are located in villages powered by renewable energy sources promoted by UNDP and the Government of Nepal.

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