Habitat in Nepal
The housing need in Nepal
The 2015 earthquake and 2017 flooding was devastating for Nepal. An estimated 600,000 homes were destroyed and 250,000 damaged, displacing 2.8 million people.
After the disaster struck our team got to work preparing kits for affected communities, including materials to build makeshift shelters, or to make minor repairs to damaged homes. This critical work ensured communities had the resources needed to begin to rebuild.
Even before the disaster struck, over 14 million people in Nepal were living in substandard housing, 1 in every 4 living below the National Poverty Line. Those most affected by the earthquake were primarily from minority ethnic groups and lower castes, families with disabilities or severe health problems, and single-parent households. These groups often fall through the cracks of Government support systems.
This is why we continue to bring the local community, Government agencies and other NGO’s together to build a brighter, stronger future for Nepal, working to empower families to rebuild their homes with low-cost materials and providing disaster preparedness training and assistance in accessing Government programmes.
After the earthquake, Mangali and her family felt lucky that they and their cattle were unharmed. They were left with rubble where their house once stood and all their belongings buried underneath. Mangali and her wheelchair-bound husband lived in a temporary shelter for two years.
Things changed after Habitat invited Mangali to undertake Safe Shelter Training with her local community members. She gained confidence to navigate Government support services and access vital reconstruction grants. Through these, she was able to rebuild her family home safer and stronger.
“With support from Habitat Nepal and my community, I was able to rebuild an earthquake resilience house. If I hadn’t partnered with Habitat Nepal, we would still be living in the temporary shelter…. we are ready for the new beginning.”
Habitat’s Nepal Appeal
In 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal. Even before the disaster hit, 14 million people in Nepal were living in substandard housing, 1 in every 4 Nepali living below the national poverty line. We work to bring the local community, Government agencies and NGO’s together to build a brighter, stronger future for Nepal. We are committed to provided ongoing, long-term assistance, working not only to empower families to rebuild their homes with low-cost materials, but also providing disaster preparedness training and assistance in accessing Government programmes for low-income families.