After completing two demonstration houses for widows, who were affected by the earthquake last April, BRAC has the green light from the Ministry of Urban Development to implement plans to reconstruct more homes. Rita Thapa, pictured above, is one of the women who now has a safe and warm place to live.
The home owners are very pleased with their new two-room earthquake-resilient homes built with stone and mud and reinforced with bamboo and steel rods. From building these demonstration houses we have learnt a lot about working with the local community, which will help for the future builds.
We are looking forward to working closely with local organisations to build the new houses and employing staff to implement the project. By the end of February, we will be conducting a household survey to identify the people who are most in need of a new home and training masons and carpenters to build houses that are earthquake-resistant. We hope to start construction in March.