Key Findings in August
A total of 63 percent of respondents stated that their family’s ability to cope with a new emergency has improved to some extent, since the earthquake. Thirty-four percent of respondents feel their family’s coping capacity has diminished.
Among those who feel their coping capacity has diminished, unsafe shelter, lack of savings and debt are cited as the key reasons for this diminished capacity. Ninety-four percent of those who listed unsafe shelter have not yet completed their housing reconstruction. Importantly, we see the issue of debt and overall reduced economic resilience being raised here once again. It is of the utmost importance to recognize the negative impact an accelerated reconstruction process may be having on economically
vulnerable families, and ensure that damage is minimized.
For those who do feel more able to cope with a new emergency, the top factors making them feel more resilient include having an earthquake safe home, an emergency preparedness plan, a safe place to store food and grains, shelter alternatives and safe storage for assets. This is incredibly encouraging, because this is the very point of the earthquake recovery: to put people in safer homes, with better preparedness and coping capacity. It is extremely positive that for 63 percent of earthquake affected families, this is working, at least to some extent.
What is needed now, is to take a closer look at that 34 percent who is at risk of being left behind and actually made worse off through recovery efforts. One size fits all is never realistic, and we have always known that some families would need dditional support. Concerted effort and attention needs to be
turned now to identifying those being left behind and ensuring they receive the support they need to also meet the objectives of the reconstruction and recovery programme.
What are people saying?
What has improved your capacity to cope with a new emergency?
Earthquake safe home
Safe storage for food/grain
Alternative for shelter
Safe storage for assets
Safe space for livestock
What has diminished your capacity to cope with a new emergency?
Reduced livelihood options