As such, he was responsible for facilitating the reconstruction and recovery process by disseminating key ‘Build Back Safer’ messages. In December, Purna attended RedR’s ‘Build Back Safer Shelter Awareness Training of Trainers’. We caught up with him in April 2016, a year after the first earthquake, to find out how he was using what he’d learned.
Before attending RedR’s training, Purna had no practical experience of shelter construction. However, his objectives were very clear: "I’m enthusiastic about helping and gaining knowledge to share," he said. "I want to become a good trainer so the community can build back safer."
Four months later, Purna is working with the CWIN , delivering ‘Build Back Safer’ messages to earthquake-affected communities in Dolakha District as part of an awareness-raising programme implemented in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
"So far, we have implemented the programme in two Village Development Committees (VDCs), and the progress made has been tremendous," he says.
"We began in one of the most devastated villages of Dolakha: Laduk, in the northern part of the district. It is home to about 1200 earthquake-affected households. Each awareness session can accommodate only 40 or 50 people. As a result, it took quite some time to complete the programme: about six or seven weeks. Not even a single person from the village wanted to miss the training.
Recently, we’ve been busy implementing the programme in another village, Bigu, which is even more remote. It is an iconic place in Dolakha District: it is famous for its nunnery, which is one of the biggest in Nepal. During our stay in Bigu, we shared our time and knowledge with the nuns and other people residing in the monastery. All the structures had been damaged by the earthquake. We assisted them in demolishing and clearing some of the damaged structures as well.
Along with the awareness sessions, we [CWIN and IOM] distribute tool kits consisting of 15 construction items to the people who attend the sessions, so they can put what they learn into practice."
Purna and his team are now back in the office, making plans to implement the programme in another village, Kalinchowk.