Project Title: Winterization Support
Funding agency: IRW USA
Project Period: December 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021
- Ishnath municipality
- Gaur municipality
- Rajdevi municipality
- Rajpur municipality
- Paroha municipality
- Garuda municipality
- Katahariya municipality
Rautahat is one of the highly affected districts by the disasters like floods, cold waves, fire etc. It is the least educated district with a literacy rate of 42%. Further, the human poverty index is third-least compared to that of other districts. More than 85% population is a marginalized community. Every winter, cold waves affect life in rural Nepal, especially the 20 districts in the Terai. Every year the Terai population is affected by thick fog and cold waves. The annual death toll and its impact on human lives have proven the dangers posed by cold waves over the years. The average death due to cold per year accounts for more than 20 in the Terai region. Unfortunately, some of these Terai districts are among the most marginalized district of Nepal. Cold waves are especially dangerous for the poor, elderly, the ill, children, disabled and pregnant women. Also, Muslims and ultra-poor communities are always stricken by cold waves. For the past few years, the cold wave has become one of the major threats to the lives of locals residing in the Rautahat districts of Nepal. Rural Development Centre (RDC) Nepal has distributed winterization products as per their choice to 506 poor and vulnerable households, including Dalit, Muslim, and ultra-poor families.
To aid the poorest of poor and vulnerable communities living in poor shelters and that will be affected by low temperatures during the winter in the Rautahat district of Nepal with an adequate winterization item for their existing coping strategies to help them withstand the winter. The winterization support provided will protect the vulnerable members particularly old, children, pregnant and lactating women from cold weather conditions.
To provide winter products as per their choice to the poor and vulnerable communities to help them prepare and cope with the harsh conditions during the winter.
506 HHs (481 HHs in Ishnath, 8 HHs in Gaur, 7 HHs in Rajpur, 4 HHs in Proha, 3 HHs in Rajdevi, 2 HHs in Kathariya and 1 HH in Garuda): 3512 beneficiaries (1732 male and 1780 female); 927 boys and 901 girls below 18 years; 805 male and 879 females above 18 years of age.
- Need-based support has economically and emotionally helped poor families to overcome cold weather. Besides that, they can utilize their earnings in other needs which is very urgent in their lives.
- Cash and Voucher Assistance modality support has been very effective for the beneficiaries who felt that this has had been a great help for surviving in the cold and with various health issues. This program helped to bring positive changes in the health condition of people.
- Along with the success of the program, we reached at our aim of serving the needy and most vulnerable people in the targeted areas.
- We were fortunate to get the positive response of each individual who were provided with the winterization support.
- During the selection time of the products most of the beneficiary were helping each other to choose the cloths/blankets/ and other materials as we do normally. To help and to be helped is a fruitful learning that we have gathered throughout the program.
- Beneficiaries were satisfied with the materials they received and are very thankful towards the genuine support of IRW Nepal and RDC Nepal.
- The support was helpful in other aspects as well; for improving health issues during winter cold, social harmony, value of support they received in the most needed time.
- It is also very helpful for the recognition of both the organizations in the communities and in the different municipalities as well.
- There was active participation of community people and the key stakeholders for implementing the program in a more efficient way.
- Along with the volunteers, there were active support from school and madrasa to run the distribution program efficiently.
- To bring the program more effective, it would be better if we give the capacity building training for the volunteer who could be able to give their best work during task oriented to them.
- Vendors have to increase the number of work force from their side so that the beneficiary should not wait longer for the product purchase. During the second day, all the activities were managed, and distribution was completed on time compared to first day.
- As Cash and Voucher Assistance modality and the distribution at the shop was new for all, we need to give more time on venue selection so that we have not to face the above problems.
- As we had to cover Ishnath palika and the distribution venue is in Gaur which led the beneficiary to cover long distance. For this (to manage walking distance) it is better to select minimum area for distribution. So that the walking distance should be maintained.
The winterization support targeting the most vulnerable community was successfully conducted. Beneficiaries were happy and satisfied with the quality of materials and modality of the distribution (Cash and Voucher Assistance) received in the program. Besides the material support, this program had been proven to be the humanitarian support for the targeted groups in the community. Helping others and being helped is the greatest achievement of the program. This program had helped both the organization to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of response and accountability to the beneficiaries. The success and lesson learned during the winterization support will be helpful for implementing the future programs.