Red Cross to construct 6,000 houses

Kathmandu, June 11

Nepal Red Cross Society is set to provide financial and technical support for the construction of 6,000 quake-resistant houses in five districts — Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, and Ramechhap.

The Red Cross has already signed an agreement with the National Reconstruction Authority for the first phase of the construction.

The American Red Cross has expressed its commitment to support Nepal Red Cross in the construction of houses at Rasuwa and Nuwakot, while International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society have done the same for construction projects in Okhaldhunga, Sindhuli, and Ramechhap.

The Nepal Red Cross Society has been running various programmes in partnership with international Red Cross Societies of 11 different countries in most quake hit districts: Kathamandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dhading, Gorkha, Makawanpur, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Kavre, Sindhuli, and Okhaldhunga.

Different programmes such as drinking water and sanitation programmes, livelihood programmes, and community health programmes are also incorporated in the integrated concept.

The Society has signed an agreement with the NRC to construct 953 houses at Kahule VDC and 1,005 houses at Bhalche VDC in Nuwakot, 880 houses at Sitapaela VDC in Sindhuli, 643 houses at Rampur VDC, 125 houses at Manthali Municipality-2 in Ramechhap, 327 houses at Harkapur VDC, 193 houses at Prapcha VDC, 302 houses at Siddhicharan Municipality-1, 2 houses in Okhaldhunga, 611 houses at Dandagoun VDC, and 443 houses at Thulogoun VDC in Rasuwa.

Some 71,000 people are expected to benefit from the first phase of the construction.