Kathmandu, October 12
Under its charity programme, Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) will rebuild 1,000 houses for the earthquake victims within two years.
Organising a press meet on the eve of NRNA General Assembly and Global Conference, which is going to be held from October 14 to 17 here in the Capital, NRNA President Shesh Ghale, today, announced that NRNA’s main focus will be reconstruction and rebuilding for next two years.
NRNA has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to rebuild 1,000 houses for the earthquake victims, giving special priority to those living in abject poverty, marginalised and single women.
“As we have distributed immediate relief materials in all 14 districts that were most affected by the devastating earthquake and powerful aftershocks, we will now focus on rebuilding the houses in the quake-hit districts on priority basis as specified,” Ghale said in the press briefing, and added, “By partnering with the government, communities and non-governmental organisations, NRNA will play a crucial role in rebuilding of the nation.”
Earlier, NRNA had floated a concept of collective investment of NRNs and the 27-megawatt Dordi Khola hydropower project is being developed with the equity investment of Rs one billion collected from NRN community.
“This time, NRNA is planning to work on rebuilding and reconstruction with the goal of generating substantive output in two years’ time,” said Kumar Panta, general secretary of the NRNA. He further said that instead of its own reconstruction and rebuilding projects and programmes, NRNA will support the nation in the reconstruction drive through skills and technological support as well.
The general assembly of NRNA will elect new executives for the term of next two years. It is reported that at
least 1,500 delegates from various countries are gathering in the Capital to elect their new leadership.
NRNA general assembly will elect new leadership by October 15. Intensive discussions with the experts, government agencies, private sector, civil society, development partners and non-governmental organisations on reconstruction and rebuilding, as well as safe migration issues are slated to be held during the global conference on October 16 and 17.
A version of this article appears in print on October 13, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.