The devastating Nepal earthquake of 25 April 2015 and the numerous aftershocks badly affected 14 districts of the country including Sindhupalchok causing people of these districts to lose their family members, houses, livelihood resources and assets such as crops, cattle, and many more. Many governmental/non-governmental agencies and international communities supported those families for relief and their rehabilitation. LI-BIRD was also involved in the support and did collaborate with several individual, organizations and donor agencies to provide food and relief materials to 15,465 families of 12 affected districts including 1,753 families of Sindhupalchok district in the first phase.
The rice seed that the farmers were ready to sow and seeds of other crops stored for the next season, along with seed storage structures, houses and agriculture tools were destroyed by the earthquake. The water sources and canals were also affected making it difficult to repair and bring water to the communities. This damage hugely affected the daily life of people as agriculture has always been the major source of livelihood for the majority of earthquake-affected families.
LI-BIRD continued supporting earthquake-affected families in different phases, which is still on progress. The third phase was not just limited to distributing seeds and agriculture tools to the affected families but also on helping them achieve sustainable livelihoods. Working in this approach, LI-BIRD collaborated with many donor agencies to run a number of projects, including ‘Enhancing Economic and Social Resilience of Earthquake-affected Community in Sindhupalchok (ESRS)’, a project funded by Singapore’s ‘Mercy Relief’ which worked on Ward No. 2, 3 and 4 of Lishankhupakhar Rural Municipality from January 2018 till the end of August 2020.
This publication is based on the project’s concept, approaches and activities adopted to enhance economic and social resilience of the earthquake-affected families, achievements and learning