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Emergency relief for flood June 2013

Project Code: 
NEP-DMCDD-003
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Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Project Background

 
While monsoon in South East Asia came one month earlier this year, torrential rain for 4 days (16-19th June) on the Himalaya range triggered flash floods and landslides in mountains. It has resulted in massive flooding along rivers causing widespread casualties and damages in northern India (more than 800 dead and 1800 missing people) and in Western Nepal with more than 50 deaths and 19 missing, 1750 people displaced in Far and Mid- western region of Nepal.

 

In Humla and Kalikot districts, 2 locations where Mission East anD its local partner KIRDARC are implementing livelihood projects since 2007, rainfall caused landslides that blocked river stream which lately burst downstream, destructing dwellings, water systems and killing people in massive debris flows. In the sole district of Kalikot, 11 people died and 4 people are still missing. In Humla, 5 people of a same family died in a massive landslide.

 

 

Project Aims: 

Project Aims

Support to repair water facilities for 5 communities of Karnali region, with structural mitigation against flood and landslide and community training on emergency preparedness for better resilience to disasters.
 

Project Action

While Mission East is working to deliver essential WASH kits for families temporary sheltered, the repair and reconstruction of damaged water facilities in affected villages is an important pre-requisite for the return and re-installation of displaced families. This proposal is planning to cover the repair of water facilities in affected villages including material for repair as well as structural mitigation to protect repaired water system from further disaster.
 

Donor

Danish Missionary Council Development Organisation
 

 

Project Code

 

NEP-DMCDD-003
 

Location

Nepal, Karnali region, Kalikot and Humla Districts

 

 

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Emergency humanitarian response for flood victims in Kalikot and Humla, Nepal

Project Code: 
NEP.AEC.005
English
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

Project Background

Exceptionally heavy monsoon rainfall from 16 to 18 June caused major floods in Northern India and Western Nepal. The floods and landslides caused widespread damage leading to displacement of people, loss of life and destruction of homes and livelihoods. In Karnali the damage is very localised and therefore does not attract national or international attention.
 
ME in Nepal fears that the situation is worse than reported to date because police and army had not been able to reach many area and we still lack of  confirmed information from a large part of the districts where we work (Humal and Kalikot).
 
 
Food Aid, it is very relevant to the Karnali situation where Food Security is a structural issue, and when such disasters occur, this is the very first need faced by the displaced population. Shelter assistance to people whose homes have been destroyed is important because of its wider role in the recovery of communities affected by disaster particularly regarding the interrelationship between shelter and livelihoods.
Project Aims: 

 

Project Aims

The project aims to provide emergency aid to flood affected families in Kalikot and Humla. The action on this project is humanitarian assistance focused on covering food rations and possibly help with shelter and rebuilding homes.
 

Project Action

The action on this project is humanitarian assistance focused on covering food rations and possibly help with shelter and rebuilding homes.

 

Donor

AEC Fonden

 

Project Code

NEP.AEC.005
 

Location

Humla (Mucchu VDC) and Kalikot (Mehalmudi, Sipkhana and Mumra VDCs) districts  in the Karnali zone.

 

 

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Empowering vulnerable women from Humla and Mugu districts of Midwestern Nepal

Project Code: 
NEP.LKM.01
English
Project Status: 
Complete
Project Background: 

 

Project Background

The Karnali region, in the Mid-Western Development Region of Nepal, is made of 5 districts among the poorest of Nepal. According to the Poverty ranking statistics of Nepal, Mugu ranks 75 (out of 75 total districts in the country) and Humla 73.
 
The total population of Humla is 51.008 and Mugu 55.311 with a low population density of respectively 9 and 16 people per sq.km, due to remote and scattered settlement. The average literacy rate among women in hills and mountains is officially 63% (46% for Dalit women)  but Mission East conducted an assessment in 31 villages of south Humla to realise that average literacy rate was 30%.
 
It is then estimated, owing to the gender gap in literacy and considering the important exclusion for Dalit and/or single women, that they have a literacy rate not higher than 10%. According to the data of the Poverty Alleviation Fund, 73% of households can afford their living only for 3 months placing them below the poverty line. 
 
The main problem the project will deal with is the extreme vulnerability of women in the remote districts of Humla and Mugu. Women of such remote districts are confined within the 4-walls of their houses, with a heavy workload consisting of preparing food, looking after their children, ensuring proper sanitation, collecting water and wood (sometimes hours walking distance from the village) and taking care of the livestock.
 
Despite such heavy burden, they have almost no decision making power within their communities, and have no property after the demise of their husband. 
 
The principal causes of the women’s extreme vulnerability are illiteracy, no access to vocational training for income generating activities, dependency and lack of knowledge of their rights.  The high illiteracy rate, as families send first their sons to school, keeping girls at home for domestic work and in absence of any access to vocational training or capital assets or micro-credits, women cannot engage in prokductive and income generation activities that would contribute to more autonomy and independence.
 
Consequently, they need to spend their life under the control of men, even from their sons and daughters- in- law. When women find themselves being  single, after the loss of their husband, son, or due to polyandry system in the Lama community, they end up with no property, no house to stay in and no access to food, forcing them to mendacity and total dependence from charity and/or meager social safety net provided by the government.
 
When they have children from other men, such children are called illegal and are deprived from the love and respect from their “illegal” father and community. Their mothers have to work hard for the subsistence of their children.
 
Children are found engaged in work or cheated by brokers with good promises of education and economic opportunities at an early age, when they reach 7-8 years. This reflects the difficult condition of single women and their children taken away from them, which strongly impacts their personal situation, and significantly increases poverty and vulnerability among this population.
Project Aims: 

 

Project Aims

To improve the socio- economic position of women in Humla and Mugu. To empower the most vulnerable women in Humla and Mugu districts, so that they can themselves combat discriminatory behaviours in the social, economic and cultural spheres and promote their full participation in local decision-making processes.

 

Project Action

This intervention aims to improve the situation of vulnerable women in remote areas of Nepal. The most vulnerable women of Humla and Mugu district, including those with disability, will be empowered through the strengthening of women's groups to combat social, economic and cultural discriminatory behaviours.

Women will have literacy and vocational training, gain access to revolving credit funds,  that will improve income and employment opportunities. Advocacy activities will promote their full participation in local decision making process.

 

Donor

Lakarmissionen

 

Project Code

NEP.LKM.01

 

Location

Humla and Mugu, Nepal

 

 

 

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