Executive Director of Lumanti Support Group for Shelter Ms Lajana Manandhar talking about issues and challenges of the old settlements in Kathmandu valley for the reconstruction at an interview in the television program 'Samaya' in Image Channel.
Shova Shahi, 33 is from Chapagaun 8, in Vajrabarahi Municipality, Lalitpur. A son of 12 and a daughter of 6 were the source of her happiness in her the family of four. She used to help her husband to run a bi-cycle repair workshop when he was out in labour works. The devastating earthquake of April 2015 destroyed her house completely. Suddenly, her family was out on the streets. At this desperate hour, she received some support in the initiation of Thecho Women's Cooperative to build a temporary shelter.
Prakash Mali, 29, is a resident of Thecho in Vajrabarahi Municipality living with his five family members. He suffered from Polio in his childhood that has affected his both legs and the left hand. He faces a big difficulty in walking as his knees are bent inwards. He has completed higher secondary level of education from nearby high school. For some years, he coached young children renting a room to support his brother's earnings from handicrafts work. But, he could not continue it due to increasing rent.
The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed his 2 and a half storied house leaving only the ground floor for living. The destruction made a big economic impact in the family. Prakash was looking for some income generation activity which he could do in his own house with his limited mobility.