Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal by 2020

32 Masons trained in a remote village in Nepal with Durham University Alumni support

One lot of local masons trained on Earthquake Resistant Building Construction techniques in remote Chhintang village of Dhankuta district in eastern Nepal. The main purpose of the training activity has been to build local capacity for constructing disaster resilient houses in the localities. Total 32 masons, all males because no practicing female mason found in the area, participated in the course conducted during January 26 – February 1, 2017 at Chhintang VDC, Dhankuta. The training program was organized by Chhintang Village Development Committee (VDC), Dhankuta; National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET) and Durham University, UK with the generous support from Durham Alumni.

"This training has been an encouraging step for us to build our communities safer from future earthquakes" mentioned VDC Secretary Mr. Rudra Prasad Rai at the closing segment of the training course. He added; "masons trained will help us build our houses strong and hence our communities will be safer." Mr. Rai also appreciated NSET and Durham for the support to the community and thanked NSET Executive Director Dr. Amod Mani Dixit for the commitment to work in the locality.

The participants also shared their happiness to be part of it. "We were working in the ways we knew but with this knowledge we feel our houses can be stronger. We got late to learn it;" shared Megh Bahadur, a participant. Trainers from NSET Mr. Bigyan Thapa and Mr. Nishan Shrestha facilitated the sessions.

Local people are engaged on disaster awareness and risk reduction actions during later times. NSET and Durham University have been supporting for the Community based Landslide Monitoring System that is initiated and led by local communities. Earlier, Earthquake Risk Perception Survey was also carried in Chhintang VDC that covered the existing knowledge and perception towards earthquake preparedness among locals. The baseline survey was undertaken by NSET as part of Earthquake without Frontiers (EwF) Partnership.

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