This report comprises of the activity conducted under Nepal Earthquake Rebuilding Program-19
(NERP-19) which is supported by Hope International Development Agency (HIDA). The NERP-
19 program was initiated in January, 2019 with an objective to enhance economic opportunities to
improve the socioeconomic conditions of poor and marginalized women in Kuwapani,
Dumindanda, Tindhara, Jyamire, Chhapdanda of Sindhupalchowk and Katahare, Sunkhani of
Nuwakot. This is the fourth quarterly report of NERP-19 program activities, which was conducted
from October-December, 2019.
Note: NERP-19 was developed after successfully completion of NERP-16.
Nepal still remains as one of the poorest countries in the world, with high inequalities between
women and men and the earthquake of April 25th, 2015 have further amplified the effect. The 7.8
magnitude earthquake killed approximately 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000.
Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot, Dhading and Gorkha are the most affected areas of the quake.
Though the earthquake has affected the lives of all the Nepalese, the major impact of it hit the
poor and marginalized families.
The Dalits and marginalized poor families who were living discriminated and suppressed for
many years in Sindhupalchowk and Nuwakot under poverty line again faced the great disaster
which dragged these people further into poverty and crisis and in the state of mental trauma. The
women and their families living in the quake affected areas are in a very critical situation looking
for support to rebuild their house and improve their livelihoods. The women have very low selfesteem.
After the quake, lack of safe schools, child protection concerns like child marriage, child
labor and exploitation are a matter of serious concern. Women empowerment would help to
transform lives of the women and their families and that people of the target communities could
live a dignified life with peace and harmony. Therefore, Nepal Earthquake Rebuilding Program-
(NERP) was introduced to empower women and help them transform their lives and their families in the target communities of Kuwapani, Jyamire and Tindhara of Sindhupalchowk and Sunkhani
of Nuwakot of Central Nepal.
Similarly, Nepal Earthquake Rebuilding Program-19(NERP-19) was initiated to continue to
support the existing 8 women affinity groups (WAGs) in Kuwapani (2), Tindhara (2), Jyamire (2)
communities of Sindhupalchowk and 2 WAGs of Sunkhani community, Nuwakot. The groups
were the direct beneficiaries of NERP 16 program, which was supported by HOPE International.
In NERP 19 program, 3 new communities were identified and 7 WAGs have been formed; two
WAGs in Dumindanda and three in Chhapdanda community of Sindhupalchowk and two WAGs
in Katahare community of Nuwakot district. There are 114 women in 8 WAGs formed under
NERP 16 whereas 98 women in 7 new WAGs formed under NERP 19 program. Therefore, the
NERP 19 program supports total 15 WAGs with 212 dalits and marginalized poor women (149
women of Sindhupalchowk and 63 women of Nuwakot) to rebuild the communities through
socioeconomic empowerment program through enhanced gender relations. This is the essence of
The NERP-19 program comprises of two parts. First part of the program focuses on capacity
building of 212 poorest of the poor dalit and marginalized women of the target communities with
technical trainings and awareness programs. Second part focuses on economic empowerment
program for the women with micro credit loans for the capacitated targeted women to initiate
income generating activities. And the third part of the program is program orientation and
Till the reporting period (October 1 to December 30, 2019), a two days training on mushroom
cultivation was conducted for Godawari and Makhamali WAGs in Kuwapani,
Sindhupalchowk. Similarly, a five days training on pickle making was conducted in
Tindhara, Sindhupalchowk where women members from Lamatol, Milijuli, Mainali,
Mehendomaya and Gairitol participated.
Likewise, awareness on health and hygiene education was conducted for Makhamali,
Godawari, Pipalbot, Lalupate, Milan and Panchakanya WAGs in Kuwapani,
Sindhupalchowk, and for Siddheshwor and Ganeshthan WAGs in Katahare, Nuwakot.
Moreover, Review and planning meeting was conducted in Kathmandu where the field
motivators, members of WAGs of Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk and WPD staff
During the reporting period, 28 new loans were provided to the WAGs: Godawari (6),
Pipalbot (1), Lalupate (1), Milijuli (4), Lamatol (3), Mehendomaya (2), Gairitol (3), Mainali
(1), Siddheshwor (2), Ganesthan (2), Laligurans (1) and Sunakhari (2) to initiate income
generating activities. The women are involved in small-scale businesses like goat raising
(12), pig raising (3), Buffalo raising (6), Poultry farming (3), Vegetable farming (2), shop (1)
and carpet weaving (1). The total loan provided from the trust fund was Rs. 9,75,000.
Likewise, during the period, 71 new loans from the group fund were provided to the WAGs:
Makhmali (8), Godawari (9), Pipalbot (3), Lalupate (4), Milijuli (4), Lamatol (9) Milan (11),
Panchakanya (5), Mehendomaya (3), Gairitol (5), Mainali (4), Laligurans (1), Sunakhari (3),
Siddheshwor (1) and Ganeshthan (1). The loans were taken to initiate IGAs like goat raising
(30), poultry farming (26), vegetable farming (3), household expenses (3), marriage (1),
buffalo raising (3) and shop (5). The total group fund is Rs 6,41,932 where Rs 6,02,542 is the
total loan provided from the group fund in this quarter.
The total loans provided from the trust fund and group fund was Rs 15,77,542 in the quarter.