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Frontline Review Workshop held, more skills and equipment required at community level

The Frontline Review Workshop wrapped with setting further plan to Non-Structural Mitigation (NSM) works in the urban and peri-urban areas of Kathmandu Valley.

The review program was organized on 11 April, 2017 with the view to share the lessons learned and feedback regarding the implementation of the Non-Structural Mitigation (NSM) activities at Chandragiri Municipality, Thankot.

Under the Frontline (FL) project of Global Network of Civil Society Organization for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), National Society for Earthquake Technology –Nepal (NSET) had steered Non Structural Mitigation training in association with a women's group "Mahila Jagaran Saving and Credit Cooperative" in 2015. This workshop reviewed the experiences of the time since then.

Speaking on the occasion, President of Women’s Group Ms. Bindu Shrestha put forward the challenges and opportunities of the NSM work in the valley. Trained human resource are not adequate to work in NSM; said Ms. Shrestha.

Ms. Nisha Shrestha, Program Analyst of NSET presented the result of Frontline Project implemented in the community. NSET Director for CBDRM Mr. Bijay Upadhyay highlighted the importance of community efforts to build their resilience. Participants including schools teachers, cooperative members and Lumanti representative shared their experiences and learnings in the program.

The women’s group has formed a team of trained NSM worker. The team is working on fixing non-structural risks in the houses and public facilities in the locality and also in other places of Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts based on demands and requests. They have now extensive opportunities and areas of work but inadequate equipment and limited skills are impeding their works. Participants have stressed on realization that additional skills on NSM and more equipment are very much needed for the group. Also, group stressed for the collaboration with like-minded organizations and groups to move on in more sustained ways.

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