Kavre, March 7, 2020: Habitat for Humanity Nepal celebrated the completion of two newly-constructed homes during a ceremony in Ratopairo on Thursday, March 5th, 2020, together with the Panchkhal Municipality Deputy Mayor, Laxmi Danuwar, the Ward 2 Chairperson, Hari Ram Khatiwada, supporters, homeowners and their families and friends.
“For Habitat for Humanity, each completed home contributes to rebuilding a stronger, safer and more resilient Nepal, said Christy Stickney, National Director, Habitat for Humanity Nepal. “We are honoured to work hand-in-hand with local municipalities and national authorities to fulfil the constitutional right to housing for all Nepalese. Habitat is building disaster-resilient, low-cost homes with communities, NGOs and governmental partners in the Eastern and Western Terai, as well as in the earthquake-affected district of Kavre. Today we celebrate being a step closer to building a country where all families have a decent place to call home.”
During the ceremony, the official guests were able to hand over the ceremonial keys to the new homeowners, Khadga Devi and Krishna Prashad Chaulagain.
“I am so proud and blessed to have a new home to call my own,” said Krishna, one of the new homeowners. “I worked alongside Habitat on every step of the construction, from building the foundation to putting together the roof.”
Like all Habitat homeowners, the families contributed “sweat equity” by working on the construction of their own home. They took part in a masonry training program to help them to do so and to strengthen their job prospects in the long-term.
“Working with the National Reconstruction Authority and local government leaders, we have made the dream of safe, affordable homeownership a reality for more than 2,000 families in earthquake-affected areas,” said Sujit Maharjan, NEAP Program Manager of Habitat for Humanity Nepal. “We will continue to work with our partners in Kavreto carry forward reconstruction efforts, ensuring no one is left behind.”
About Habitat for Humanity in Nepal
Established in 1997, Habitat for Humanity Inter Nepal (Habitat Nepal) has served over 70,000 households and built a network of valued local partners through which it implements its housing programs. Habitat Nepal employs a holistic approach to long-term shelter solutions by forging stronger partnerships with government agencies and leveraging government resources, strengthening relationships with local partners, and pursuing growth through housing microfinance and market development initiatives.
For more information visit habitatnepal.org