Building back better is one the key principle we have been incorporating for an establishment of resilient communities. Disaster Risk Reduction and the preparedness is one of the key element of Chaudhary Foundation supporting SDG 11. Vision of model village with earthquake resistant homes, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and harmonious society is one key step towards achieving SDG.
Chaudhary Foundation has a Post Disaster Response and Management programme to look after emergency relief operations and the management of victims in an event of a natural disaster. The programme quickly mobilized rescue, relief and recovery efforts immediately after the devastating earthquake of April 2015. Through the programme, CF has built more than 3,000 transitional shelters and 40 semipermanent schools in 10 out of 14 highly affected districts. After the earthquake, the post-disaster response and management was divided into three phases. Phase one concluded with the distribution of emergency relief items of food, water and medical supplies to the affected people while also helped remove rubble in different areas of Lalitpur district. In phase two, necessary relief aid such as tents, bottled water, noodles, juice were distributed using CG Foods distribution and logistics network. Meanwhile, the ongoing phase three of the programme is focused on reconstruction and rehabilitation. The phase has been divided into three projects namely, CG Ashraya, CG Shikshyalaya and CG Sipsikchya to build transitional shelters and schools in the quake hit districts and provide demand driven skill-based vocational training to the youths of the affected areas. Chaudhary Group has made a commitment of USD 2.5 million through the Foundation to restore schools and homes.
CG Ashraya is a transitional shelter program of Chaudhary Foundation. The transitional shelters were built with an objective to provide quick and safer option for shelter for those who were left homeless during the 2015 earthquake. The project was implemented with full involvement of the beneficiaries who were trained on construction technique and skills guided by our field engineers, social mobilizers and local coordinators. LekmayaDhakal, 58, who is a single woman resident of Baseri VDC 6 in Dhading district, is one of the beneficiaries of “CG Ashraya” home constructed by Chaudhary Foundation. Baseri is 60 km away from Dhadingbesi. It is one of the most remote VDC of Dhading. The village was badly destroyed by the earthquake of April 25th, 2015. Almost 90% of houses in this village were destroyed by the earthquake. Chaudhary Foundation has built 266 houses in this VDC. Despite its remoteness, the smiling glimpses of Manaslu enhance the beauty of this village. Additionally upon our visit we found out that youth in this villages are entrepreneurial. They have started a homestay tourism business via Baseri to Manaslu. Lekmaya lost her home on April 25th 2015 after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country. She was terrified and was not sure how she was going to build a new home. “I was all by myself, I lost my husband long time ago and both of my sons are not here living with me, I lost control of my life Post Disaster Response and Management after my house was destroyed by the earthquake.” In response to the disaster, Chaudhary Foundation quickly sprang into action and so far has built2520 shelters across 10 earthquakeaffected districts. The Foundation reached out to groups of single women, elderly citizens and marginalized communities to provide support through CG Ashraya. “Chaudhary Foundation has given me my life back, they helped me re-ignite the light which was almost diminishing” says Lekmaya. Members from Social Welfare Council and Chaudhary Foundation along with local authorities visited many of these houses during the monitoring and evaluations of the construction project. Additionally Chaudhary Foundation also supported these village with drinking water pipelines which benefits more than 70 HH along with Higher Secondary school of the region. Mr. Gopal Dhakal, the local said “Drinking water had become a big headache to us. Villagers, especially women had to walk almost 25 minutes to fetch a bucket of water. Now the support of Chaudhary Foundation has made lives easy for these 70 HH. I am especially thankful to Chaudhary Foundation team because students in schools have access to drinking water easily in their school premise itself. “
CG Shikshyalaya is an initiative of Chaudhary Foundation aiming to construct public/community schools in the most affected areas. The buildings are rebuilt and improvised as per model depending on geographical accessibility for material transportation. Objectives
• To ensure start up / functioning of schools in the shortest possible time frame.
• To provide learning materials, vocational classes and technical training for students where required.
Model Village : ShashwatGram
Chaudhary Foundation has built around 3000 semi-permanent houses and 40 schools across all earthquake affected districts under its DRR program. The Foundation now envisions a Model Village with the objective to enhance sustainable development and resiliency of marginalized communities focusing on four major components namely: Economic prosperity focuses on social business, enterprise development, skills and capacity development encouraging innovation and self-sustenance. Quality of Life and Quality Education focuses on holistic way of learning and living by encouraging moral values, meditation and yoga, enhancing basic facilities comprising of water, sanitation and health as well as improving digitally integrated classrooms to encourage innovation skills and technology. Women health, clean drinking water, organic farming, renewable energy are major areas in environment and health section. The Foundation has selected a village in Giranchaur in Melamchi Municipality in Sindupalchowk district to construct a model village named Shaswat Gram. We will be building 70 permanent homes including various other Livelihood program, entrepreneurial development program, education support by providing digital classroom, women empowerment program and WASH program.
LWF Nepal has extended hand with Chaudhary Foundation to support its WASH program in its model village project. LWF will be constructing toilet and will support in distribution of drinking water tap system across model village. Chaudhary Foundation and LWF has similarly partnered a project together to construct 151 permanent homes in Yarsa of Rasuwa district post-earthquake. Dr. Prabin Manandhar, the director of LWF and Mr. Nirvanana Chaudhary from CF signed a MoU at a function at CG office on August 22nd of 2017. The project in Giranchaur is being carried out upon the recommendation of Nepal Reconstruction Authority. Chaudhary Foundation is working with NRA, Melamchi Municipality, local authorities and various local leaders to complete this project. The proto type house and community center will be constructed as the first phase of the project followed by construction of other 70 HH.