Helping the earthquake-affected communities rebuild and recover their livelihoods.
Hundreds of thousands of private houses and community buildings (schools, hospitals) in central Nepal got destroyed by a devastating earthquake that hit the country on April 25, 2015. The magnitude of destruction, of which the full details is still to be worked out, looks so big that nothing short of a gigantic national re-building campaign involving the earthquake-affected communities themselves can bring the country back to its feet. The efforts of the government, in this direction, needs to be complemented by civil society initiatives.
सुरक्षित घर- Resilient Homes is an HCI initiative to help earthquake-affected communities rebuild their homes as well as their community buildings like schools and hospitals. The initiative will help the community rapidly build climate-smart and earthquake-friendly light-weight houses using locally sourced materials, including those that can be recovered from the debris. The initiative will run with the help of volunteers registered under National Volunteer Program as well as International experts working pro-bono. National Volunteering Program is a joint program of the Government of Nepal- National Planning Commission and Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI). At least 20,000 young and skillful volunteers will be enrolled in the program within a year to help the country deal with the adversities created by the deadly earthquake. The national volunteering program will be reaching out to all of the earthquake-affected-areas of Nepal.
सुरक्षित घर- Resilient Homes Initiative is built based on following six imperatives:
- Low-cost, quick-to-construct Modular homes- Innovating and improvising global-best-practices to construct affordable and modular home-prototypes that are replicable and expandable. The basic homes can be improved as and when the home-owners are in financially favorable situation.
- Demand Driven- Responding to the earthquake victims. Ensuring ‘Primary say’ of the home-owner in choosing place, design, material.
- Low program implementation overheads- Engaging ‘National Volunteers’ enrolled under National Volunteering Program including youth from the earthquake affected villages.
- Resource Mobilization through demonstration of success- Mobilizing Financial and Technical Support from within Nepal and outside.
- Resilient- Constructing Earthquake-resistant green houses by up-cycling available and using local materials as far as practicable.
- Open-source- Keeping all designs and cost-estimates openly accessible to all on the web.
सुरक्षित घर- Resilient Homes Initiative is being rolled out as follows:
- ‘National Volunteers’ and International experts associated with HCI, working pro-bono, are developing the Initiative organically. They are constructing modular-home prototypes using some initial financial support collected from philanthropic interests.
- The prototype is being demonstrated to potential beneficiaries and structural experts to measure its ‘social-acceptability’ and ‘physical-longevity’. Based on the feedback, improvements shall be made in the prototype. The entire process of construction and improvement is being documented.
- The accepted prototype would be showcased to all stakeholders, and financial resources will be raised by HCI from global foundations, philanthropists as well local private sector organizations. ‘National Volunteers’ and International experts shall help the fund-raising.
- HCI in coordination with Government of Nepal- National Planning Commission under the jointly run ‘National Volunteering Program’ and other appropriate authorities of government will select the site and beneficiaries of the initiative as per the standard parameters of the government for all such work. HCI will manage and expend the funds so mobilized as per its operational procedures and policies.
- ‘National Volunteers’ and International experts associated with HCI, working pro-bono, will steer the project implementation under a Project Steering group formally created by HCI.
- HCI will keep all the technical and financial information in relation to the initiative transparently available on its website, and share further details, if sought by any stakeholders, readily. HCI will be responsible for getting the initiative’s accounts audited. HCI will expedite monitoring efforts of the donor/s.