Teknath Baral, 47, father of two, resides in Pokhara-22, Kaski. His wife works as a laborer, while their children attend school. At the age of nine, Teknath had an accident that left him unable to engage in any manual work or earn an income for his family. The April 2015 earthquake partially damaged Teknath’s home and displaced his family to a temporary shelter.
Under the government grant category, Tekhnath was classified as a retrofitting beneficiary. The District Level Project Implementation Unit (DLPIU)-Kaski and the local government selected his house for retrofitting under the Seismic Retrofitting of Unsafe Housing in Nepal project led by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with financial support from the UKAid’s Department for International Development (DFID). This meant he received technical guidance as well as Rs. 200,000 in-kind support.
However, retrofitting of his house was put on hold in April 2020 due to the lockdown by the government to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Considering the plight of Teknath, the project team in Kaski decided to go ahead and retrofit his house following all the government rules and UNOPS safety protocols. The technical team members used personal protective equipment (PPE), installed hand-washing stations, used hand sanitizers and maintained physical distancing while working.
The team came over all the challenges and successfully completed retrofitting Teknath’s house. “I never thought that the consortium would resume their retrofitting work and help vulnerable people like us,” said Teknath.
His family, the local community and the Ward officials are thankful to the Seismic Retrofitting of Unsafe Rural Housing in Nepal project for supporting the vulnerable family and helping them reside in a safer home.
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