Building Better Lives – The earthquake reconstruction programme 

Full project name: Building Better Lives  (Rebuilding Livelihoods) – BBL

Location: Thulogaun (District of Rasuwa) and Tipling (District of Dhading)

Period: From April 2017 to March 2018

Direct beneficiaries: 1010 households (5,237 people)

Local partners: SAHAS and FOCUS Nepal

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Reconstruction d'habitations plus résistantes
aux catastrophes.
Rebuilding houses more resilient to disasters.

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Formations des villageois
aux constructions antisismiques.
Villagers' training to anti-seismic construction.


Nouveaux matériels et équipements pour les écoles.
New materials and equipments for schools.


Rénovation et construction de bâtiments communautaires.
Recovery and construction of many community buildings.


Relance des projets d'agriculture durables touchés.
Relaunching the sustainable agriculture projects impacted.


Sensibilisation et implication des femmes à la prise
de décision pour la communauté.
Women awareness and involvement in decision making
for the community.


The earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 were devastating. Thousands of lives were lost and families were uprooted. In Rasuwa and Dhading districts, where Norlha has been working for several years, almost all homes and community buildings were destroyed and many livestock killed.

The Disaster in Figures

Nationwide: 8,800 dead, 377,952 people affected .
Rasuwa and Dhading districts: 1,330 people dead
Homes and buildings: 90% destroyed

Project Aims

Through BBL, Norlha will help 5,237 people from 1,010 families not only restore their lives but endeavor to improve them beyond pre-earthquake standards. Norlha and its partners on the ground will also strive for more enduring livelihoods for villagers by: continuing to provide sustainable agricultural projects and skills training to ensure people can grow enough food, restoring more resistant community buildings, introducing Disaster Risk Reduction measures (DRR) and ensuring villagers have safe water and clean toilets. Women will be encouraged to play an active role in decision making to maximise the benefits to them, their families and the wider society.

Norlha’s Actions so far

BBL has arisen from the desperate needs of communities post earthquake. It is the continuation of Norlha’s earthquake response. The NGO provided emergency relief to 15,000 people immediately after the earthquake, providing and ensuring food supplies. In the weeks after the disaster, Norlha helped by establishing temporary housing for families, restoring water supplies, sanitary facilities and toilets, including for school children, clearing the rubble and reopening access roads. Villagers were given the essentials to live and the means to pick up their lives. Norlha also helped the injured or families with no adult male member to build their shelters. The organization also provided psychological support to help survivors deal with the disaster. In Thulogaun, Norlha’s community rebuilding programme provided 100 jobs temporarily, at a time when other employment opportunities in cities and towns dried up due to the earthquakes’ impact. Political unrest in the south of the country and economic blockades also made life more difficult, creating a shortage of goods and pushing up prices.

Building a Better, Brighter Future

The Building Better Lives programme is in line with Nepalese Government targets to construct stronger, disaster resistant buildings and to provide Nepalese families with a better standard of living. The earthquake is being seized as an opportunity to create a better future for citizens. Norlha’s work will contribute to that over-riding ambition.

Norlha Key Impacts

  Our project participants have resumed their lives.
  Safe water supplies have been restored.
  290 Tipling families have built temporary homes.
  380 families received seeds.
  300 buffaloes and goats have been vaccinated.
  1,000 families have received hygiene kits.
  Two electric mills to make flour have been installed.
  Schools received new equipment.
  Rubble and roads were cleared by paying unemployed villagers.

Norlha and me


Anita Gurung, is married with three children and also cares for her mother. Almost every home in the village was destroyed. The Norlha greenhouses left standing became temporary emergency shelters to some but also provided the first crops after the disaster.
Anita was one of several villagers in Thulogaun to benefit from a record harvest. She sold 30 kg of tomatoes and earned a total of 15,000 NR’s, equivalent to 115 Swiss francs. She uses any extra money for her children’s education.

“The plastic house has helped us get cash following the earthquake,”

said Anita who also helped her neighbours by selling them any surplus vegetables at a fair price when market prices had soared.

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