NC builds 3,150 temporary houses in quake-hit areas

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 21, 2015-

Nepali Congress party leaders and cadres have built 3,150 temporary houses in quake-affected areas across the country, said the party on Sunday, adding that over 15,000 volunteers were mobilised in the last one month to build them.

A meeting of party office bearers had exactly a month ago instructed party leaders and cadres to contribute labour for building temporary shelters, clearing up debris  and engage in relief and reconstruction works.

As per the directive from the party command, various teams deployed in quake hit districts have constructed 3,150 houses, cleared debris of 1,125 buildings and constructed 1,085 new school buildings.

Similarly, the volunteers mobilised by the party also built one temple and 10 community buildings in quake hit areas, said party spokesperson Dilendra Badu in a statement.

Furthermore, several other party leaders, cadres, sister organisations and well wishers of the Nepali Congress party have built many buildings and structures, said the party in a statement issued by Badu.

“The party’s effort of building such damaged structures have re-energised the Nepali people and helped forge national unity and integration,” added the statement.  

Similarly, the party has collected Rs 164 million for rebuilding and reconstruction efforts so far and requested all those interested to contribute in party’s fund for the same.

Info centres set up in 3 districts

The Media Advocacy Group with support from UN Women has established information centres in three quake-affected districts to provide gender sensitive information to women.

The information centres are established in Gorkha, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok districts.

According to UN Women representative Ziad Sheikh, limited access to information prevents women from accessing the multitude of humanitarian relief services, exercising their full agency and participating equally as partners in the recovery process.

“The main purpose behind setting up the Information Centres is to establish a gender sensitive information sharing mechanism to facilitate the flow of information between women and assistance providers in the earthquake affected districts and to advocate for timely access of relief on behalf of excluded populations,” Sheikh said.

While the main purpose of the centres is to assist quake-hit people to access information regarding humanitarian relief support and early recovery programmes, they have a wider function of facilitating women’s access to information, said Media Advocacy Group President Babita Basnet.

Published: 22-06-2015 08:15

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