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

  • Supported over 24,000 households in Gorkha in constructing their resilient homes post 2015 earthquake, through socio-technical facilitation including designing code-compliant houses, acquiring building permits, accessing housing grants and mobilizing resources.
  • Helped over 2,500 vulnerable households through social mobilization and appropriate building technology to ensure they are not left behind
  • About 2,000 masons were trained on resilient and affordable housing construction
  • Carried out a beneficiary status survey, covering all the targeted households (26,912) in Gorkha
  • Established and activated free Building Permit Studios at Gorkha and Palungtar Municipalities, which assisted more than 3000 homeowners with building design and drawing services
  • Conducted earthquake-safe technology demonstration mobile services through 319 mobile van campaign across the district 
  • As part of social mobilization and awareness campaigns, the project mobilized local cultural groups, produced and broadcast 310 radio programs through local radio stations
  • Awas Nirman Saathis (local masons trained to support reconstruction), social mobilizers and engineers conducted over 244,000 door-to-door visits to support home owners construct their houses. 

 

FAQ

What is Gorkha Housing Reconstruction Project (GHRP)? UNDP’s Gorkha Housing Reconstruction Project, funded by the Government of India, provides needful technical and social support such as ensuring access to finance, materials, knowledge, skills and technologies to assist earthquake-affected families in Gorkha district to reconstruct their homes
Who funds this? The Government of India funded this project.
Where does it work? It covers Dharche, Aarughat, Ajirkot, Siranchowk, Sahid Lakhan and Gandaki Rural Municipalities, Palungtar and Gorkha Urban Municipalities.
How many people will be benefitted through this project? The project will support a total of 26,912 beneficiary households from six rural municipalities and two urban municipalities. 

Who are the collaborating partners of this project?

 

The collaborating partners are: 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

What are the major achievements/results expected form this project during its project cycle?

 

Supported over 29,000 households in Gorkha in constructing their resilient homes post 2015 earthquake, through socio-technical facilitation including designing code-compliant houses, acquiring building permits, accessing housing grants and mobilizing resources.

(Please visit this project webpage to know the results achieved so far) http://np.undp.org/ghrp

How can we contact project?

 

You can contact National Programme Manager of the Project/Programme Mr. Ramraj Narasimhan ramraj.narsimhan@undp.org to enquire more about the project and go to  http://np.undp.org/ghrp for more details on the project.

 

Contacts

Project Focal Point

Mr. Ramraj Narasimhan

National Programme Manager

Email: ramraj.narasimhan@undp.org

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