Kathmandu, Sept 25: At least 50 thousand people are witnessing signs of recovery with the construction of 100 community infrastructures damaged by the earthquake in the worst affected districts of Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Kavre.
For the past two and a half months following the devastating earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 this year, UNDP with support from the Government of Mauritius has been implementing a project to rehabilitate community infrastructure facilities and restore peopleâ€™s livelihoods in the most affected districts of Nepal.
Soon after the earthquake, the Government of Mauritius and the UNDP signed an agreement for 1 million USD grant to foster rural livelihoods and build community resilience in the 14 worst earthquake affected districts. Later on, an additional US$ 35,000 was provided to expand the project to other affected districts.
UNDP Deputy Country Director Sophie Kemkhadze said, â€œWith the support from the Government of Mauritius, the project has been helping local communities to restore their damaged infrastructure facilities like irrigation systems, water supply schemes, common facility centres, market access, rural energy, and rural roads. This has helped the people revive their enterprises and improve collective livelihoods shaken by the disaster.â€
The project implemented in the three districts since July 2015 will be expanded to other earthquake affected districts. By June 2016, the project aims to rehabilitate 250 community infrastructures and improve livelihood support systems, benefitting at least 125,000 people in the most affected districts.
The focus of the project is on improving rural livelihood support systems and providing agricultural inputs to farmer households while also promoting farmersâ€™ business initiatives for stronger rural-urban market linkages.