Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Housing Reconstruction accomplished in Bigu area of Dolakha

Bigu Rural Municipality from Dolakha district marks accomplishment of Post-Earthquake Housing Reconstruction within the area. Mr. Yudhisthir Khadka, Chairperson of Bigu Rural Municipality, in an event organized at Singati in Bigu on September 17, 2021 extended satisfaction to this achievement ending the painful journey left by the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

Bigu is close to the epicenter of largest aftershock of 2015 Gorkha Earthquake that had tremored on May 12, 2015 causing massive destruction in Dolakha district and around. The tremor had left almost all-in-all rural houses under the rubbles. Scenario is now changed, the earthquake impacted families are now inside their own rebuilt houses that are expected to withstand future tremors. People’s lives are gradually restored and seem gearing up.

CEO Mr. Sushil Gyewali from National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) recalled the moment when participation agreement had kicked off from the same place six years back. CEO Gyewali remarked, "we had started formal commencement of the housing reconstruction process signing first participation agreement with a beneficiary family from this place and now I am feeling deeply satisfied to see the reconstruction task accomplished in the area."

USAID Mission Director Ms. Sepideh Keyvanshad, in her address appreciated the efforts of Rural Municipality, the government agencies and partners to make this achievement possible. “I am happy to see the post-earthquake reconstruction accomplished here. Its so pleasing to see many women actors contributing to reconstruction”, Ms. Keyvanshad expressed.

NSET’s Executive Director Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha briefly portrayed the journey of housing reconstruction in Bigu and similar other rural settlements rattled by 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.

Addressing the event, Ms. Kalika Pathak, Vice Chairperson from Kalinchowk Rural Municipality and Mr. Sanjiv Oli, Vice Chairperson from Bigu Rural Municipality shared about the experiences of reconstruction in the localities.

COP Dr. Ramesh Guragain from Baliyo Ghar and Acting Chief of DLPIU Dolakha Mr. Arjun Tamang highlighted the key features of reconstruction efforts in Dolakha district.

On the occasion, Chairperson Mr. Khadka from Bigu acknowledged NRA, USAID & NSET with certificates of appreciation for their support and contribution towards achieving reconstruction goals and also helping in building community resilience. Mr. Khadka also thanked all the key actors and stakeholders who contributed to housing reconstruction.

NRA and Bigu Rural Municipality also felicitated noted masons and house-owners as "Local Champions".

Local Champions (Masons)

• Mr. Lal Bahadur Khatri Bigu RM-2, Orang
• Ms. Bimala Tamang Bigu RM-3, Bulung
• Ms. Laxmi Thakuri Bigu RM-4, Laduk
• Mr. Prem Kumar Shrestha Bigu RM-5, Chilankha
• Ms. Dambar Maya Thami Bigu RM-6, Alampu
• Mr. Akkal Bahadur Magar Bigu RM-7, Bigu
• Mr. Man kaji Shrestha Bigu RM-8, Khopachaun

Local Champions (House-owners)

• Dhana Bahadur Tamang, Bigu RM-5, Chilankha
• Birkha Bahadur, Bigu RM-5, Chilankha
• Lali Maya Thami, Bigu RM-6, Alampu
• Sanchi Maya Thami Bigu RM-6, Alampu
• Sani kanchhi Thami, Bigu RM-6, Bigu
• Situk Sherpa, Bigu RM-7, Bigu

Also, Ward Level Mason Directory handed over to Chairperson of Bigu Rural Municipality and Vice Chairperson of Kalinchowk Rural Municipality. USAID’s Baliyo Ghar program has prepared Mason Directory that accounts the information of trained masons with contact details for the future use by potential house-owners & Rural Municipalities.

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