Gorkha Housing Reconstruction Project (GHRP)

Status: Active
Duration: March 2018 - March 2021
Geographic Coverage: Dharche, Aarughat, Ajirkot, Siranchowk, Sahid Lakhan and Gandaki Rural Municipalities, Palungtar and Gorkha Urban Municipalities 
Focus Area: Energy, Environment, Climate and Disaster Risk Management
Collaborating Institutions: Four-member organizations of Owner-Driven Reconstruction Collaborative (ODRC), a resource network based in India, namely i) SEEDS Technical Services (ODRC Secretariat); ii) Hunnarshala Foundation; iii) UNNATI - Organization for Development education ; and iv) Centre for Ecocentric Development and Peoples' Action (CEDAP). 

Two district-based NGOs for social mobilization through recruitment of local staff, namely Shree Swarna Integrated Community Development Center (SSICDC) and Systems Development Service Centre (SDSC), Gorkha
Donors: Government of India
Budget: USD 8,799,300.00 

Summary

The Gorkha Housing Reconstruction Project, with funding support from the Government of India, aims to directly assist earthquake-affected families in Gorkha district to reconstruct their homes in line with Nepal Government’s reconstruction guidelines, standards and processes through socio-technical facilitation services. The project will support a total of 26,912 beneficiary households from six rural municipalities and two urban municipalities. 

Background

In the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, the Governments of Nepal and India recognized the need to facilitate the housing reconstruction process and enable home-owners to undertake reconstruction in a desirable and timely manner as per the established technical guidelines, ensuring seismic safety of the rebuilt structures. The Government of India (GoI) has offered the largest assistance to Government of Nepal (GoN) focusing on housing, education, health and cultural heritage.

To expedite the post-earthquake reconstruction process, GoI, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have entered into an agreement, under which GoI will provide a US$ 16.2 million grant to the two UN agencies to support safer reconstruction of 50,000 houses in two districts: Gorkha (26,912 houses) and Nuwakot (23,098 houses).Read more 

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Achievements so far

·      Inauguration of the project field office at the Gorkha district headquarters and site offices in respective municipalities and rural municipalities, and commencement of field-level services

·      Beneficiary status survey, covering more than 70 percent of the targeted households, which is still ongoing

·      Establishment and activation of free Building Permit Studio at Gorkha and Palungtar Municipalities: assisted more than 200 homeowners with building design and drawing services

·      Conduction of earthquake-safe technology demonstration mobile services through mobile van campaign

·      Social mobilization and awareness campaigns, also mobilizing local cultural groups, local radio stations, and district and national level media

·      House-owner counselling, door-to-door visits by Awas Nirman Saathis (local masons trained to support reconstruction

·      Induction and capacity development of staff

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