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Community participation proves beneficial in reconstruction in Sindhupalchowk


Sindhupalchowk,Oct 15, 2016– While reconstruction of the earthquake ravaged properties is yet to take momentum, the construction of public properties is going effectively with community participation in some Village Development Committees in Sindhupalchok district.

The NGO’s and the locals have joined hands in reconstruction of drinking water supply, irrigation canals, culverts and other public properties. The people from Thangpaldhap, Thangpalkot, Gunsa and Bhotang VDC’s of the district have been volunteering for the reconstruction works when unskilled human resource is required while the NGO’s are paying for the skilled labour. Currently Association for Rural Social Welfare Nepal has been implementing the reconstruction programme in the four VDC’s which were among the worst affected area from the district.

According to Association around a dozen of community projects have already been completed while some 20 others are at the verge of completion.  “We believe the community participation increases their ownership in the projects,” said Jit Ram Lama, Chairman of the Association. He said that Association bears all the cost of materials and skilled labour while the community contributes where unskilled labour is required.

The people from the area are already getting benefits from some of the projects related to irrigation and drinking water supply. Lama said the Association believes that reconstruction should be linked with the income generation to make it sustainable therefore, numbers of livelihood support programmes are going together with reconstruction projects in the area.