Around 41% of Nepal’s population lives in inadequate housing. This means homes are often poorly built structures with thatched and straw walls and are highly vulnerable to fires and natural disasters.
Approximately 25% of the population also lacks access to safe drinking water and half the population are without proper sanitation facilities. We’ve been working in ex-Kamaiya communities in Western Nepal since 2012.
Under the Kamaiya system, thousands of poor Nepalese worked as bonded labourers to repay loans owed by their ancestors. Despite being freed 14 years ago, ex-Kamaiya families in Western Nepal have remained trapped in poverty with no access to clean water and toilets, unsafe housing and little paid work.
Our community development projects aim to uplift and empower households by providing access to toilets and tube wells, hygiene training and vocational training. In addition, households will be supported through access to low-interest loans to improve the conditions of their houses and overall quality of life.
In Eastern Nepal, we are also working with 250 female headed and other vulnerable households to improve their living conditions.
Female headed households in Nepal are oppressed and disadvantaged. They are frequently denied access to and control over land, limiting their chances of ever owning a decent home. Their current housing conditions are substandard, often without toilet facilities and even windows.
Along with providing new homes we are also improving access to water and sanitation facilities and offering health and hygiene, and livelihood training. By offering women opportunities that are frequently denied to them, they have a better chance of breaking the poverty cycle and creating brighter futures for their families.