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A 32 paged publication for Habitat for Humanity Nepal.


  • Decent Communities through Decent Housing

    KOICA-NGO Project

    Jhapa & Morang, Nepal

    Voices of Habitat Home Partners

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    Message from the KOICA Representative

    It is indeed a great pleasure to express a few words upon the completion of Decent Communities through Decent Housing program by Habitat for Humanity Nepal. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Habitat for Humanity for its earnest and growing contribution in the area of providing descent housing for poor communities in different parts of Nepal.

    Korea International Cooperation Agency has been supporting Habitat for Humanity in Nepal through Habitat for Humanity Korea. Habitat for Humanitys housing programs have been very effective in the poor communities of Eastern Terai. I was much moved by the dedication ceremonies in Jhapa district for the 500th house in Nepal to be supported by KOICA . These housing programs not only provide homes for families in need. They also teach families to save - a key element for breaking out of poverty. I really appreciate Habitat for Humanitys work in Nepal, especially the way the organization encourages the use of bamboo. I also would like to congratulate Habitat for Humanity for organizing the Everest Build which gathered significant international attention.

    I wish great success to Habitat for Humanity activities in Nepal and wish for a long lasting relationship between KOICA and Habitat for Humanity.

    Young - Ah DohResident RepresentativeKOICA Office in Nepal

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    Message from HFH KoreaI am honored to add my message on this great project. I appreciate

    what Habitat for Humanity Nepal has been doing over the years to improve housing conditions in Nepal in partnership with Habitat for for Humanity Korea and Korea International Cooperation Agency.

    We have been working in Nepal on this KOICA project for five years and this is a great opportunity to see the impact of the project on local communities.

    Congratulations and thank you again to all the staff in Habitat for Humanity Nepal as well as the teams at Hatemalo Sewa Samuhik and Jeevan Bikas, our local partners .

    Fully supporting the Habitat mission of eliminating sub-standard housing, Habitat for Humanity Korea is ready to help build more homes in Nepal; not only physical houses, but also homes that will bring new hope to families in need. We will also seek to provide more support for using effective, eco-friendly construction materials throughout Habitat for Humanitys building practices in Nepal.

    Best Regards, Kyung-Pyo Suh CEO/PresidentHabitat for Humanity Korea

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    Message from the HFH Country Representative

    It has been a privilege to work with Korea International Cooperation Agency and Habitat for Humanity Korea in assisting families in need in Nepal.

    Habitat for Humanity Korea has supported the work of Habitat for Humanity Nepal for more than five years and directly assisted nearly 1,000 families to have better homes and lives.

    This has been possible thanks to the financial generosity and helping hand of KOICA. The agency and its staff have helped build more than houses. They have helped families live in decent homes with proper sanitation and access to safe drinking water. The cooperation extended by KOICA through Habitat for Humanity Korea has enabled Habitat for Humanity Nepal to create decent communities. The stories that you will read in the coming pages show just how much lives have been changed because of this cooperation.

    Best Regards, Aruna Paul SimittrarachchiCountry RepresentativeHabitat for Humanity Nepal

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    Project OverviewThe Decent Communities through Decent Homes

    project helped 538 families either to build new homes or renovate existing ones to proper standards. Sanitation facilities were improved as was access to safe drinking water. Some 328 of the families served were in Jhapa district where the program was undertaken in partnership with Samuhik Haatemalo; the remaining 204 families were in Morang district where the partner was Jeevan Bikas Samaj. The Decent Communities through Decent Homes project was completed on time and on budget.

    The Decent Communities through Decent Homes project involved 28 family groups saving money for their new homes and learning about family nutrition and better health and sanitation practices. There were 15 village-level orientations about savings and construction including teaching local workers how to use locally available eco-friendly materials.

    The overall contribution by the communities for the project in terms of savings and in-kind materials was Rs. 36,440 per family, equivalent to about US$505.

    The beneficiary families were from poor, deprived or marginalized communities. They included families whose principal income earners were rickshaw pullers, masons, carpenters or daily wage earners. On average these individuals earned the equivalent of US$1.50-2.00 a day. Such an income was not sufficient to fulfill a familys basic daily needs let alone allowing for saving for shelter. The families lived in structures that were inadequate,

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    insecure and unhealthy. The houses had earthen floors. Walls were made of mud and twigs. Roofs were thatched. In the monsoon, roofs leaked and floors were mud baths. In summer, there was a fear of fire. Each year, a family wouldspend the about Rs.5,0008,000, about US$70-100, on repairing the walls and roofs to keep the structures upright.

    The Decent Communities through Decent Homes project involved families saving and collecting materials that could be used for construction such as bamboo, sand, stones and timber. This would be sufficient for the house to be built. Through their own efforts and with support from Habitat for Humanity each family was able to build a decent home and a new life. As one mother said when she saw her new home: My new house is like a palace for me. Another said: My long awaited dream house! While a third summed up the thoughts of many families: My children are safe now.



    40%KOICA Fund

    Jhapa 210 Morang 70

    Total: 280

    Jhapa 118 Morang 140

    Total: 280




    Improved Sanitation Facilities

    Number of Houses

    Total contribution for housing


    In-kind Materials

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    The need for decent housing in NepalNepal needs an estimated 73,000 new dwellings every year

    to keep up with the demands of its growing population. But not enough new houses are built each year. The result is the poor, both in urban and rural areas, end up living in dangerous, overcrowded, inadequate housing. Instead of lives of security, safety and social status, their lives are likely to feature deprivation, poor health, a lack of security and social status, and poverty.

    The Asian Development Bank estimates that 55% of Nepals rural population survives on the equivalent of less than US$1.25 a day. Government census figures show that nearly half the housing stock in rural East Terai, where the Decent Communities through Decent Homes project was focused, are rated inadequate. Women in particular are disproportionately affected due to their significantly lower levels of economic activity.

    Housing Solution Habitat for Humanity Nepals microfinance programs,

    known as Save & Build, have proved highly effective. Families and communities save money and materials together and learn to support each other in order to achieve better shelter and living conditions.

    With access to information and training, families learn to save, learn practical construction-related skills which can also prove a source of income, and learn ways to improve their health through best practices in using water and sanitation.

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    A World Where Everyone Has A Decent Place To LiveHabitat for Humanitys Mission

    In Nepal, Habitat for Humanity delivers the Habitat mission through partnerships with local grassroots organizations. Habitat offers expertise in house construction and project management along with its experience in savings-led microfinance and enterprise development. In Nepal these come together to build simple but adequate homes that use environmentally-friendly and sustainable techniques and

    materials, that alleviate poverty, and increase the status of rural women.

    Habitat for Humanity Nepal has an ambitious plan to use its links with more than 100 partner organizations to assist more than 100,000 families by 2015.

    Habitat for Humanity Nepal programs:

    Disaster Response & Mitigation: Habitat for Humanity responds to disasters with timely, post-disaster shelter solutions as well as pre-disaster mitigation and preparedness efforts to train communities to protect their lives and property.

    Healthy Houses, Healthy Families: Habitat for Humanity builds safe homes from durable materials to minimize health threats and prevent diseases; access to clean water and proper sanitation are key components.

    Housing Finance: Habitat for Humanity uses microfinance programs to encourage families to become financially literate and slowly build up assets and capital.

    Habitat for Humanity Nepal

    Families to be assisted by the end of each year




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