Print Edition - 2015-06-11  |  Earthquake Relief

Concrete housing project in Arwabijaya

- POST REPORT, Pokhara
Concrete housing project in Arwabijaya

Jun 10, 2015-

Instead of building temporary shacks, a group of organisations is helping build concrete houses for the quake-hit residents of Arwabijaya VDC in Kaski district. The funding for the project has been provided by the Baini Foundation, Pokhara, American organisation Hope Initiative, the Villa Branca Tourism School of Australia, the local Sajha Yuwa Club and other individual donors.

The project is currently working on concrete houses for 10 underprivileged Dalit families in Arwabijaya. The three-roomed houses will be made of cinder blocks, which cost Rs 350,000 each, said Darshan Lama, who is leading the project.

The Great Earthquake destroyed 46 houses in the village.

The project’s workers have already cleared the rubble and begun building new foundations for the new houses.  The project is scheduled to complete in a month.

“My house, which I had built with my lifetime savings as a day-labourer, was destroyed by the earthquake,” said local Rishiram Pariyar. “I was under stress as I could not build a new one, but help arrived at the opportune time.” The seven-member Pariyar family is currently living under a tarpaulin shelter. All 10 families, including the Pariyars, do not have the financial capacity to build new homes for themselves. And for some, like Shantimaya Pariyar, a handicapped single woman, a new house seemed like an impossibility before the project workers came along.  Apart from the plot where her damaged house rests, she has no other land.

The total cost of the project is Rs 3.5 million.

Published: 11-06-2015 08:53

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