Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

NSET showcases photos and stories of reconstruction efforts, CEO Mr. Gyewali extends NRA commitment to gear up efforts further

A Photo Exhibition entitled "NSET Efforts on Reconstruction" has been organized by NSET during April 25-30, 2019 at NSET Office premises. The main aim was to share the experiences and showcase stories gathered during reconstruction activities of NSET through USAID supported Baliyo Ghar program. Groups of visitors from government offices, municipalities, media, communities, rotary, DRR practitioners, teachers, students and NSET staff observed the Exhibition and have shared their reflections, experiences and ideas. The exhibition started with informal sharing among NSET staff.

Addressing the Closing Session, Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Mr. Sushil Gyewali highlighted the achievements made in reconstruction so far. "Though delayed with some obstacles, we have been marching towards successful reconstruction which eventually would be a model for rest of the world. Till date, we have finished above 50% of the reconstruction tasks which we are committed to accelerate in the year forth," Mr. Gyewali stated. Former Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Senior Artist Mr. Kiran Manandhar shared on how fine arts could help in promoting public awareness on earthquakes and other disasters and also in enhancing culture of safety in our societies. Senior Litterateur Mr. Santa Das Manandhar, who is the writer of award-winning book on earthquake education “Hajuramako Katha” (Grandma’s Story), stressed on importance of civic education to tackle the disaster adversities including earthquakes.

Dr. Amod Mani Dixit, General Secretary of NSET urged NRA to organize an international conference to share and showcase the learnings of Nepal's reconstruction. Mr. Andrew Golda from USAID Nepal briefed about USAID support for Nepal's reconstruction efforts to achieve “Build Back Better”. On the occasion, Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET had highlighted the experiences of reconstruction that NSET has collected and emphasized on the objectives of organizing photo exhibition.

The Exhibition organized by NSET commenced on April 25, 2019, the day to commemorate 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. The exhibition included basically 6 major themes; Resilient Communities, Happy Families, Reconstruction Heroes, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Baliyo Ghar Program Activities among end-users; and Inclusion in Reconstruction. More than 100 photos collected from Baliyo Ghar Program areas were displayed during the Exhibition. With the support from USAID, NSET is providing technical assistance in reconstruction of Nepal through Baliyo Ghar Program.

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