ACRP Nepal Rehabilitation Project

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Kathmandu, Nepal. The RfP Task Force consisted of Ms. Deepika Singh from RfP International, Rev. Masamichi Kamiya from RfP Asia (ACRP) and Mr. Takashi Hashimoto from RfP Japan conducted the second round of monitoring to the project “Supporting Earthquake Survivors and Advancing Social Cohesion through Multi-religious Cooperation” implemented by RfP-Nepal from March 21-24, 2106.

It must be recalled that the Nepal earthquake, which has killed over 8,000 people, injured more than 21,000 individuals, destroyed countless homes and damage to properties, happened in April 2015.

The rehabilitation project is implemented in the village of Ghusel. Ghusel is a village in Latitpur District, Bagmati Zone, located southern part of Kathmandu Valley.

ACRP supports 75 household families living in Wards 4, 5 and 7. There are nine Wards in Ghusel and Ward 7 is administered jointly by Ghusel and Devichors.

The families are generally farmers. During the visit of the RfP Task Force, the beneficiaries were provided seeds and saplings for 16 types of vegetables and 9 varieties of fruits. The specialist for an adequate plant growth, who was with the Task Force, provided training and demonstration for the planting, growing and raising of their farms.

They were the same beneficiaries of the galvanized tin sheets (roofing materials), which were distributed in May 2015. The roofing materials have allowed them to gradually rebuild their houses to become more comfortable. During the visit, another two houses, which were currently under repair, were being provided with galvanized sheets.

The project rehabilitation engages multi-religious leaders to build the affected communities through trauma healing programs, community organizing and livelihood programs. Through RfP-Nepal, the Baha’is, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Muslims and Sheikhs are working together to assist the victims of the earthquake. Through multi-religious cooperation the various religious communities of RfP-Nepal are actively engaged in partnering with Religions for Peace International, Religions for Peace Asia (Asian Conference of Religions for Peace) for the rehabilitation and development of target communities.

During the visit of the RfP Task Force, an interfaith workshop-meeting was conducted to around 25 RfP-Nepal senior multi-religious leaders. The aim was to increase the capacity of the RfP-Nepal in utilizing multireligious mechanisms to assist earthquake victims. In convening this interfaith meeting, it became apparent that RfP Nepal has earnestly been engaged in interfaith dialogue and cooperation in Kathmandu City, and that its endeavor in mainstreaming an interfaith network throughout the faith communities is steadily bearing fruit.

Ms. Indira Manandhar, President of RfP Nepal, welcomed the RfP-Task Force and the interreligious leaders. Ms. Deepika Singh, representing RfP International, presented the “Religions for Peace Method and Mechanisms for Multi-religious Collaboration”. Following it, Rev. Masamichi Kamiya, on behalf of RfP Asia (ACRP), expressed his deepest gratitude to RfP Nepal for its hospitality and the continuing collaboration for the dialogue of action projects provided to the victims of earthquake. Mr. Chirendra Satya, Secretary General of RfP Nepal, reported the overview of the on-going relief project.       

As their expression of solidarity, the Task Force visited the various religious facilities such as the Jain Center, Budhanath Stupa, the Sheikh Center, the Catholic Church, the Islamic Center and the Baha’i Center.

Report by Rev. Masamichi Kamiya