Print Edition - 2016-01-19 | MONEY
Chaudhary Foundation builds 1,700 transitional shelters
Jan 19, 2016-
Chaudhary Foundation, an initiative of Chaudhary Group (CG), has completed construction of 1,700 transitional shelters for earthquake survivors, the company said on Monday.CG said it has formally handed over 1,000 of the 1,700 homes. It has also completed building 30 school buildings, out of which 12 have been handed over to school management committees concerned.
In a prompt response to the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, CG had said it would build 10,000 transitional homes and 100 primary schools.
The foundation had committed to build the shelters under “CG Ashraya” project, out of which 1,000 would be built through its own resources and 9,000 through partnerships with national and international organisations. The schools have been built under CG Shikshyalaya projects.
“We are proud to make this announcement. Despite several odds, we have succeeded in achieving this progress,” Forbes-listed billionaire and chairman of the conglomerate Binod Chaudhary said. “We aim to run the CG Ashraya and CG Shikshyalaya projects in the 14 most affected districts in central Nepal.”
CG has been working in 10 earthquake-affected districts, including Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindhupalchok, Kavre, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Dhading, Nuwakot and Gorkha.
The foundation has stated it is willing to work together with the National Reconstruction Authority. “We hope the rebuilding efforts give Nepal a new impetus for economic development, and through Chaudhary Foundation we would like to contribute to this drive to the best possible extent,” Chaudhary said.
Chaudhary Foundation Managing Director Nirvana Chauduhary said the company has fulfilled its commitment and is thriving to do more work. “Despite the country moving into the most difficult phase, we have succeeded in delivering 1,700 homes and 30 schools. It has been possible due to our commitment,” Chaudhary said, adding each of these 1,700 homes have accommodated at least five people.According to CG Foundation, apart from handing over transitional shelters and schools, they have also imparted skills to the locals. CGs transitional homes have local participation wherein the house owners are trained about developing such homes.
According to the government, around 9,000 people were killed and over 20,000 were injured in the April 25 earthquake and subsequent earthquake. Similarly, 608,155 homes have been completely damaged, while 298,998 homes have been partially damaged.According to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment prepared by National Planning Commission (NPC), Nepal sustained loss of $7 billion due to the earthquake. The report has stated the country requires $6.67 billion for reconstruction.
Published: 19-01-2016 09:19