Expediting rehabilitation of earthquake affected people

Kathmandu, Dec. 20 : Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa joined UNDP Country Director Renaud Meyer and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Cooperatives and a Poverty Alleviation Suresh Pradhan to interact with the beneficiaries of Deepjyoti Women Saving and Credit Cooperatives limited in Irkhu village in Sindhupalchok on Sunday.
Addressing the cooperative members, Meyer said assistance from the Governments of Mauritius, Japan and other donors has enabled UNDP to very quickly respond to the needs of the earthquake affected communities. “The assistance that has come in line with the demands of the earthquake affected people has significantly raised people courage and hopes,” said he and added, “The reconstruction of Deepjyoti Cooperative Building at Irkhu is one example how UNDP is directly assisting the people to reconstruct their communities.”
Japanese Ambassador Ogawa said the Government of Japan remains committed to supporting the earthquake affected communities of Nepal and he was happy to see the reconstruction of Irkhu taking shape.
Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Suresh Pradhan said cooperative was a tool to strengthen grassroots democracy and noted that the Ministry would come up with special measures to assist the low income families through their skills development for improved livelihood.
Chairperson of Deepjyoti Women’s Cooperative, Aaite Tamang said assistance from UNDP’s Livelihood Recovery Programme (LRP) has raised hopes for them to make additional income through entrepreneurial activities like Lapsi candy, vegetable farming and livestock.
UNDP’s LRP programme is assisting 23 community infrastructures to support livelihood activities of 6092 households in Sindhupalchok. The programme is also assisting the earthquake survivors in Dolakha, Kavre, Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts. RSS