As District Coordinator, Ambika is responsible for coordinating post-earthquake housing reconstruction, working closely with local and district government bodies to improve the shelter response after the crisis.
In July 2018, she participated in the RedR UK's e-Shelter in Urban Emergencies training. Funded by Lloyds Charities Trust, this online course equips shelter humanitarians with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in every stage of an urban emergency. Ambika explains her reasons for taking the course and the impact it has had on her work:
As cities continue to grow, natural disasters will increasingly hit urban areas and so I wanted to learn how communities can recover from these disasters, how infrastructures could be sustained to resist disaster, and what type of planning and management measures could be taken to mitigate the damage. I also wanted to share my knowledge and understanding of emergency situations from my shelter work in Nepal, to help others that may be forced to deal with a similar crisis in the future.
My current work is related to shelter reconstruction and engagement with this online course has enriched my insights on shelter options and increased my analytical capacity of shelter. This course also offered me the opportunity to learn from the opinions and experience of other participants. I have gained many new ideas from the thoughts and ideas of other participants on the discussion threads, which I will use to improve my work.
Nepal is prone to many kinds of natural disasters that are likely to create emergency situations. This course has given me the knowledge to better respond to future emergency situations. The skills I have gained will help me in my current role and even beyond this.