ECO-DRR Updates (July-August, 2017)

The Environment and Child Concern Organization-Nepal (ECO-Nepal) works for social causes both through its funded projects and independently. ECO-Nepal currently has three ongoing projects in Gorkha district namely, Dan Church Aid (DCA) funded Nepal Earthquake Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (3R) Project; World Vision International Nepal (WVIN) funded Gorkha WASH Project and the latest addition, Budhokhani DWS Project in partnership with Rotary Club of Kathmandu Metro (RCKTM). Here is an excerpt of major activities done by ECO-Nepal for the month of July-August, 2017.

ECO-DRR Updates (June, 2017)

The currently ongoing ECO-Nepal’s three projects in Gorkha are: Dan Church Aid (DCA) funded Nepal Earthquake Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (3R) Project; World Vision International Nepal (WVIN) funded Gorkha WASH Project and the latest addition, Budhokhani DWS Project in partnership with Rotary Club of Kathmandu Metro (RCKTM). The 3R project is a few months away from closure while the Gorkha WASH project is ongoing in full swing. Here is an excerpt of activities conducted in the month of July, 2017 under the aforementioned projects.

Project Introduction and Progress Review Program in Gandaki Village Council

Marching towards the path of strong local governance and remarkable sign of stability, first phase Local Election was conducted on May 14, 2017, first time after two decades in Nepal. The election ensured the new local level governmental structure with metropolitan, sub metropolitan, municipalities and village councils (Gaupalika). Gorkha Municipality, Gandaki Village Council and Bhimsen… Continue reading Project Introduction and Progress Review Program in Gandaki Village Council

ECO-DRR Updates (May, 2017)

Environment and Child Concern Organization-Nepal (ECO-Nepal) is a national NGO which has been working in the sector of Disaster management, Environment Conservation, Policy and Advocacy, Livelihood Promotion and Fostering Knowledge (FK) for Quality Education since past 17 years. ECO-Nepal was in Gorkha providing relief from the fourth day of the 2015 earthquake. Relief and rescue

ToT on LLA & Sphere Hand Book Revision Programme

The Listen Learn Act (LLA) is European Commissions’ Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) funded pilot project being implemented in sixteen organizations across four countries–Nepal, Mali, Lebanon and Ethiopia—with different sorts of humanitarian response in each country. The project aimed to “measure” the performance of humanitarian programmes against the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) through Ground… Continue reading ToT on LLA & Sphere Hand Book Revision Programme

Rudramati Mega Clean-up Campaign

Rudramati river locally called ‘Dhobi Khola’ has remained polluted since a along time. The Rudramati Mega Clean-up Campaign entered in 155th week on Saturday February 11, 2017. The campaign was led by ‘Samudayik Bikash Sangam‘. Campaigners cleaned Pahelopul to Kalopul area and removed solid waste from the river and near river area. Nepal Army, Nepal police, Social… Continue reading Rudramati Mega Clean-up Campaign

“Rural Mason Training positively changing the ways a local mason works”

Location: Tanglichowk VDC, ward no- 4, Gorkha

Thematic Area: Shelter Support

Tul Bahadur Thapa, a permanent resident of Tanglichowk VDC -4, is a mason and also a farmer by profession. After practicing masonry for more than 15 years now, he has just been certified a professional rural mason after completing a seven-day Rural Mason Training organized by Environment and Child Concern Organization-Nepal (ECO-Nepal) and Dan Church Aid (DCA). Mr. Thapa was leading a normal and happy yet discontent life  with three children and wife before the Gorkha earthquake shook the ground and caused many damages. His house has sustained various damages but his family is still living in it.

“I was primarily involved in farming when I got my hands to practice building construction work along with my father as a youngster years back”, he recalls his early days as mason. He gained informal knowledge and skills in building construction from his father. It’s already been over 15 years now that he has been practicing mason as a profession though farming also contributes a lot in his earning. Though he adopted mason job, he had little knowledge on earthquake resilient building construction and use of local materials for that purpose.

After, the April 2015 earthquake, ECO-Nepal launched shelter support program for earthquake victims with the aid of DCA. ECO-Nepal provided mason training to over 215 local masons as per government standards. Mr. Thapa was one of the trainees of the mason training conducted in Tanglichowk VDC. This was the second round of training conducted in the VDC. “He participated very actively and completed full training course. He certainly will be an add-up to the local reconstruction process”, said the trainer Mr. Dhruba Gyawali. After the training, he has formal knowledge and skill on building earthquake resilient houses and all technical specifications required. Mr. Thapa shared with us some of the technical know how’s that he learned in the training.   “I can now be called a formal mason after so many years of working in this sector”, he boasts. The training is certified by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) of Nepal Government.

This training will provide him many opportunities. “I might now have even more demand from villagers for building construction” he said optimistically. He was very happy and praised the project and ECO-Nepal/DCA for arranging the training programme. “This mason training has made me a certified mason which will be very useful in ensuring perennial source of income for me. People will continue to repair and reconstruct houses damaged or destroyed due to the earthquake. People also are starting to build new earthquake resilient houses nowadays because of the fear of loosing their house to any future tremble”, he says. He also plans to provide free technical suggestions related to construction work to locals planning to build new houses apart from the Rs. 700 to 780 that he earns daily working as a mason.

Talking about problems, he sometimes finds it difficult to manage time for farming and mason work but he wants to carry on both.  The major problem that we masons face, he says, “people tend to compromise building houses as per the standards and construction techniques taught in the training because it costs more”. Furthermore, he strongly suggests people to follow the building code so that they do not lose their house to another tremble. He made his way back home from the training hall of Tanglichowk VDC by thanking ECO-Nepal and suggesting that we continue providing such training to other novice masons in the district as well.

Prepared by: Himal Poudel, Communication and Learning Officer