Ram Singh Gurung in front of his new home in Gorkha, Nepal

Reconstructing Earthquake-Damaged Homes in Nepal

Nepal TV News covers the recovery work funded by Lutheran World Relief and carried out by our partner COPPADES.

On its newscast of June 26, Nepal TV did a story on the results of home rebuilding carried out by Lutheran World Relief’s local partner, the Committee for the Public Awareness and Development Studies (COPPADES).

Although the video is in Nepali, it shows several of the completed houses and has a cameo appearance by Tim McCully, LWR’s senior vice president for international programs, who was visiting the project.

In the immediate aftermath of the April 25, 2015 earthquake, LWR Nepal staff and COPPADES distributed food packs, quilts, personal care kits, water filtration units, tarpaulins and corrugated galvanized iron sheets to affected families most in need. In the months that followed, we carried out our early recovery and livelihood activities, including cash-for-work, seed and livestock distributions, and improved agriculture and livestock skills trainings. In addition to collaborating with COPPADES in the Lamjung District, we have worked with a second local organization, the Shree Swanra Integrated Community Development Center (SSICDC), in the Gorkha District.

Rebuilding homes has taken more time due to well-documented delays caused by internal political issues. Houses are now being completed in several poor, rural and isolated villages in the Lamjung and Gorkha districts, located about 48 miles (77 kilometers) northwest of Kathmandu. These permanent houses are designed to withstand future earthquakes.

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