National Sharing on Community Resilience Fund (CRF) initiatives
A national level sharing on Community Resilience Fund (CRF) initiatives was carried out in Kathmandu on 31st May 2018. The program was organized by Lumanti Support Group for Shelter in partnership with HUAIROU Commission.
The primary objective of the program was to share the concept and methodology of Community Resilience Fund (CRF) and to share the outcome, progress and learning of this phase of fund implementation. The program was also intended to share the existence of National Network of Women in community Resilience and to get feedback, suggestions and further implementation of CRF.
More than 50 participants representing government including Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, Ministry of Women and Children, National Reconstruction Authority, District Coordination Committee, Social Welfare Council along with municipalities, non-government agencies, national networks, Women Cooperatives have attended the sharing program.
Lumanti Support Group for shelter in partnership with Huairou Commission is implementing Community Resilience Fund since 2011 in collaboration with National Network of Grassroots Women in Community Resilience (NNWCR) and covering 24 groups of four districts. Many resilience activities are initiated through women groups in community to district level. As an impact of this fund it is continue till March 2018.
To support and make accessible flexible fund to the women group members this fund is mobilize in 24 groups of 4 districts in initial phase for the various community resilience activities and livelihood support. 850 women members and families are benefited by the fund. Major activities done through the fund are as Risk and vulnerability mapping of working communities, capacity building of group members on DRR WASH and CCA, small scale mitigation action and coordination and partnership with local government.
Present phase of fund is mobilizing for the livelihood restoration of earthquake affected families of Kathmandu district through the cooperative network of grassroots women Community Women’s Forum (CWF). Basically, fund is being mobilized by the cooperatives of Chandragiri, Thankot, Nagarjun and Kirtipur that provided technical support from the CWF. Affected families of women members have identified through the mechanism that agreed by CWF core committee along with the member cooperatives. In this particular phase 100 families from all the four identified areas have been provided support as a loan. The support itself is different in a way that it's not like the regular loan that disbursed through cooperative but specify to livelihood with the amount they could able to restore the activities.
Furthermore, repaid amount will remain in cooperative itself as revolving fund later will mobilize for livelihood initiatives that multiply to other core members of the cooperative. Ultimately, the repaid fund would be an asset to cooperative that continues for long run until the cooperative operates and functions and is specify for livelihood.