Grant Support –enabling factor to rebuild home
Ram Bahadur Bulung Tamang, 65 and his wife Urki, 52 of Dhunge, Laharepauwa Ward 7 in Rasuwa have managed to rebuild their home after the joint support from Lumanti Support Group for shelter and Cord Aid Nepal. Tamang family of 4 members are now shifted to their newly built home and they feel secure and relief to live in.
Immediately after the earthquake, along with other neighbors in the community they spent their nights under the tents and tarpaulins for more than a week. "There was continuous heavy rain that made us difficult to stay under the tents. On top of that, we had a fear of landslide from the hill there," showing the hill above their house Urki recalled. Mana Kumari Tamang, 18 daughter of Ram Bahadur added, "The heavy jolt on that day left the heavy crack on the ground. We had to move carefully to avoid those big crack."
The life in Rasuwa after the earthquake was extremely very difficult. People in the community shared the tents and tarpaulins, foods and clothing materials to support each other. Ram Bahadur said, "Initially we bought something to eat from some money that we have in our pocket. Later life become bit easier while we have started receiving relief support."
Around a week after the earthquake, Ram Bahadur and his family build a small temporary shelter using CGI sheets that they have received from different organizations and shifted there. Ram Bahadur's son Buddhi Bahadur Pulung Tamang,24 who had been to Malaysia for employment came back to support his family. "Gradually the frequency of the quake became smaller and we started renovating our home using debris materials and we shifted. Initially we didn't have guts to live in this house," Ram Bahadur said.
Later with support from Lumanti Support Group for Shelter in collaboration with Cord Aid, Ram Bahadur received the first installment amounting to NRs 50000 and started rebuilding his new home. Ram Bahadur said, "The support from Lumanti enables us to start building our home. We contributed our labor and now we have managed to erect our house. Yet lot more to be completed. However, we have a roof to live in now." Ram Bahadur has already received the second installment NRs 150000 from Lumanti and expecting the final instalment as soon as possible which would probably support him to pay back the loan which he has taken for sending his son to Malaysia. Now Ram Bahadur is not willing to send Buddhi Bahadur (son), who is working as labor in the community at present, for foreign employment as he is not strong enough to earn and Buddhi is the only hope for him to look after his family. They have couple of livestock and small farm to earn their living.