Nirmala's Story

Nirmala Danuwar, 26, lives with her in-laws and three year old daughter in a temporary shelter in Indrawati village council, Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal. Her home was completely destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Nirmala and her in-laws work in the field to make a living, while her husband has travelled abroad in search of a better job to earn and support his family. 

Since the earthquake, Nirmala has received support in cash and in kind assistance. Nirmala received roughly US$450 (Nrs 50,000), which was distributed by the government to the earthquake affected families to start reconstructing their homes, however, she has not yet started the reconstruction. The money is not enough to
build the foundation needed to trigger the next stage in the reconstruction.

 “With the first tranche, I could only clear the rubble and I need more money to start reconstruction.”

Nirmala has a good understanding of safer building practices, having retained this knowledge from community and family members.

“I am saving from my earnings and I will add it to the first tranche and start to build my house after six or seven months.”

Nirmala is also hoping to receive skills development training in tailoring which will be introduced in her village in the future. She can then earn an additional income to
support her family.

Indrawati Gaunpalika, Sindhupalchok
District, Nepal