In responses to the aftermath of the earthquakes, GAN initiated a “Community Safe Rebuilding Programme” in July 2016, funded by the UK’s Big Lottery.
The programme has three main objectives:
"The participant-led nature of the training is shown here, as individual groups of Building Champions make a presentation about safe rebuilding techniques to their colleagues."
Training in practical skills, such as masonry, carpentry, electrical work and plumbing are provided by local professionals, who will also be upskilled in the process. Supervised by these “Building Leaders”, the Building Champions will apply this new knowledge to construct a model house, which will enable the community to visualise what they can do with their own houses.
As with all GAN projects, long-term sustainability is at the heart of this project. As the programme draws to a close, the Building Champions will form a Community-Based Organization, which will be provided with seed funding. The model houses will each be turned into a Community Learning Centre, which will be used as a base for future top-up training and income generation programmes.
In addition to extremely cold winters in Dolakha, it also has a long and potentially destructive monsoon. Although this brings obvious agricultural benefits, it can also bring considerable damage. Tied to this is the fact that for much of the rest of the year, there is no rain at all.
To combat these dual problems, many houses in the project areas will be provided with rainwater harvesting equipment, consisting of guttering (to protect roofs from the power of the rain), tanks (to store the water) and filters (to make it potable).