Project Title: Winterization Support for the Flood Victims
Supporting agency: Qatar Charity Nepal
Project Period: 2017 December to March 2018
Rautahat is one of the high floods prone district in Terai region. The continue rain from 10 August to 12 August 2017 triggered a massive flood in Rautahat. A total of 19 causalities were reported in Rautahat, including 5 were children and 2 were missing. After the flood, it was a high possibility of famine and health problems were seen soon after the flood. The villages and vicinities alongside Lal Bakaiya and Bagmati river were the deadly hit as the embankments – which were constructed for the safety, had badly damaged. After the flood, it was seen that people were at high risk and vulnerable in many ways like- they didn’t have food to eat, as well lack of shelter to live at that time, as well they were suffering from many health related problem soon after the flood. Some of the flood affected people were in Trauma. They required immediate support for counselling to survive and continue their life. It was seen that people were living in poor sanitation condition and drinking unsafe water. Flood has diminished the living standard of the community people.
In partnership of Qatar Charity, Rural Development Centre (RDC) Nepal approached to work in the highly flood affected areas to support Non-food items (NFI), including sheltering materials to the victims to stabilize and normalize their lives in a short period of time. Such shelter support was useful to the flood affected ultra-poor families, who have lost their household assets in the flood as well helpful for them in winter season. Such sheltering materials supported their family, mostly highly vulnerable people like under five children, old age, pregnant and disable.
The main objective of the project was to support the flood victims of 2017 for survival and stabilize to normal life. Specific objectives of the project were as follows-
- To provide non-food items to vulnerable people of the flood affected community, including women, children, differently able, ultra-poor and suffering families.
- To support the vulnerable families to overcome from suffering and stabilize their life to normal.
- Single women
- Differently able people
- Ultra-poor and Dalit
- Vulnerable families
Six municipalities of Rautahat district was the target areas as mentioned below-
- Rajpur Municipality
- Paroha Municipality
- Ishnath Municipalty
- Rajdevi Municpality
- Durga Bhagwati Rural Municipality
- Yamunamai Rural Municipality
Main proposed activities of this project was to provide shelter materials (bedding and mantle materials) to protect the flood victims from cold wave. Each set of winterization support contained below listed items:
Mat-Thermal insulated/plastic mat = 1 piece
Mosquito net - soft polyester fabric and portable net = 1 piece
Tarpaulin sheet - High quality tarps = 1 piece
Blanket - cotton filled mattress (Dasana) = 1 piece
- Among the total beneficiary’s family, 39 percent were Muslim, 50.4 percent were Dalit and 10.4 percent belong to other.
- The population distribution trend of beneficiary’s household showed in below figure that more than 36 percent people were above the age 18 years old male, followed by 31.45 percent of females in the same age group. Among the below 18 year age group, 17.62 percent were male and rest 14.86 were female on the same age group.
- Total 450 Households of six municipalities received NFI support (winterization-sheltering items). The beneficiaries were from Muslim, Dalit, Orphan and disadvantaged groups. Such sheltering materials have provided support to vulnerable families and helped them to survive
Key Issues and Challenges:
- Southern part of the district, including Gaur Municipality was highly affected by the floods, all ultra-poor and marginalized families expected winterization support materials.
- Political leaders demanded such distribution in the other municipalities and flood affected areas of the district.
- Lack of qualified staff in such emergency program reduced the speed of support distribution.
- Poor quality of distribution photo and videos, due to lack of professional camera.
- Ensure all the preparation works before distribution.
- Before the intervention of such emergency programs, short induction workshop should be organized to share with involved staffs and board member for the common understanding of project activities and process.
- Logistic and finance orientation should be given to program coordinator and finance officer to ensure the complete documentation of the project and reduce the confusion on such issues.
- Provide logistic support such printer, camera and laptops to make staffs ease work.
- Well qualified staffs should recruit in the project for easy and rapid intervention of such projects.
- Induction training/orientation should be given to the program and finance team for better understanding and proper documentation of projects.