The international, non-governmental, non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity in Nepal has bared plans to “grow tenfold and assist 100,000 families in five years’ time.”
Having already marked the 10,000th family it served so far, Habitat for Humanity Nepal, which has began working in the South Asian country since 1997, will formally unveil its campaign at an event in the capital Kathmandu at the end of this month.
Meanwhile, Habitat for Humanity highlighted the importance and impact of decent housing in alleviating poverty in a compilation of case studies presented this week by the Asian Institute of Management, ASEAN Foundation and Asian Development Bank.
Invited guests will include representatives from non-government organizations, government officials as well as Habitat for Humanity Nepal’s local partners and corporate supporters.
So far, Habitat for Humanity has completed 830 houses from its inception till 2005, during which year it made a strategic decision to develop a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly housing program by tapping its vast partnership network of non-government organizations, microfinance institutions and village lending and savings groups.
By mid-2010, Habitat for Humanity Nepal marked its 10,000th family served, which it considered to be a joyous occasion for Rekha Devi Bahardar who used to live in Anantapur, Morang district in eastern Nepal.
“For 12 years, her family of five endured living in a tiny hut which they also shared with a cow which they reared. Their old house had either been damaged by fires or floods several times,” Habitat for Humanity said in a statement.
“Making repairs added to the family’s financial burden.”
“I am so blessed that when I see my new house, I have forgotten all my sadness and suffering,” Rekha said when their Habitat bamboo house was dedicated recently. Rekha comes from the scheduled caste (formerly known as “untouchables”).
Rekha said that neighbors and relatives have dropped by to admire her very beautiful and clean house.
“Once we were without hope and dignity. Now life is going to get better.”