Kathmandu, Feb 2: About 50 temporary earthquake-resistant houses have been constructed at the earthquake-hit Majhitar of Taruka-1 in Nuwakot with the support from IsraAid, an Israel-based aid agency.
The village is the Majhi (fisherman)-majority village and 30 Majhi families were rendered homeless by the last year’s devastating earthquake. Houses were constructed under the ‘Ashako Ghar’ (House of Hope) project.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokhrel handed over the newly constructed shelters to the affected Monday. The organisation provided Rs 25,000 each to construct the houses. Locally available materials were used as raw materials for constructing shelters, according to journalist Bishnu Taruke who led the housing construction campaign.
Economically backward Majhi families who were facing harsh living conditions since the disaster are now happy as they are provided at least temporary shelter on the generosity of foreign aid agency, said a local Krishna Majhi.
IsraAid Country Director Ben Dagani said this was just a small effort to mitigate the sufferings of earthquake survivors. The same organisation distributed stationary materials including bags and note books– to some 500 students after the earthquake.
On the occasion, Minister Pokhrel expressed gratitude to the IsraAid for its generous assistance.