‘जीविका’ (Jeevika) : Improving Livelihoods of Earthquake Victims

Sano Paila through its diverse network at the grassroots level, identified channels to mobilise support to remote areas that were worst-hit by the earthquake.

The devastating April 25 earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale that rocked Nepal in 2015 wrecked havoc leaving more than 9,000 dead and thousands of others injured. Most of the households in rural villages were either destroyed or uninhabitable.

Following the catastrophic events, there was more than ever a need for local organisations and the civil society to coordinate with government institutions.

Consulting with local authorities and assessing the needs, Sano Paila initiated “Resilient Nepal”-efforts to deliver basic necessities and medical attention to areas that have suffered the most, a challenging task of building resilience in remote areas where government and relief efforts had not reached.

Under this initiative, Sano Paila reached out to around 15,000 families in 14 affected districts with immediate supplies & medical relief. The catastrophe also affected the livelihoods of these households pushing most of them below the poverty line.

Poor and disadvantaged groups are still living in makeshift shelters under desperate conditions as the crisis has robbed them of their livelihoods, which is mainly agriculture based.

With the support of Samaanta Foundation, Sano Paila built 126 temporary shelters, including a school in Gorkha and provided winter relief materials (blankets) to 465 families in 2016. 

After the massive earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, we were able to respond first to relief and support operation in Sirandada, Gorkha. And our work continues today to help people get back on their feet and transform their lives.

Since June, 2016 Sano Paila, in collaboration with Samaanta Foundation, and the community of Sirandada, Gorkha launched “Jeevika -Empowerment & Livelihood” program, focusing on income generation (beekeeping) support and construction of zero-energy cold chamber to store high-valued niche agricultural products.

Alongside, masons training on earthquake resistant building construction to enhance the capacity and skills of locals is also a major component of the project.