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Resilient Community in Ilam Municipality, Ilam, Nepal.

Strengthen coping capacity of a community based on community participation approach that will make it peace, prosperous and resilient.

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Community people are the first respondent to any type of crisis situation. This was witnessed during Gorkha Earthquake, 2015 in Nepal. Similarly, large numbers of youths were involved in response and relief activities. Thus, capacity development of community people and youths can enhance the overall coping capacity of a community which will finally create social cohesion within community, prosperous and resilient community as well.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project can be implemented in any communities of urban and rural municipalities of Nepal. Lead by a non-profitable organization and collaborating with the local government and communities, the project can successfully and effectively conclude the following activities within one year of time: 1. Workshop and trainings on Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Private Partnership on Disaster Risk Reduction, Emergency First Aid Services and Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion involving the community and ensuring the social and gender inclusion. 2. Disaster Risk Reduction related activities that may include disaster mock drills and first aid. 3. Youth activities on awareness of disaster and disaster risk reduction.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our direct beneficiaries will be the youths and adults while indirect beneficiaries would certainly be the children and elderly aged people of Ilam Municipality of Ilam District, Nepal. The area is multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-ethnic and most popular tourist destination of the country.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

No any organization are working in such activities in an area. The unique idea of the project is that, the workshop would be conducted to identify the probable hazards of an area, generate the dummy crisis situation and prepare response plan before conducting the mock drill. The drill is followed by the performance analysis from which the participants would be able to understand the situation and response mechanism in depth. The project will also encourage the community to organize similar activity occasionally, thus making such activity a festival. The effectiveness of the project would be seen even after the completion of the project.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Himalayan Risk Research Institute (HRI) is a non-profitable and non-governmental social organization established in 2017. The HRI consists of 5 (five) researchers from the field of Civil Engineering and Social Science that included Housing Construction and Infrastructure Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Geographic Information System; Geotechnical Engineering; and Social Science and Public Health. Furthermore, HRI is guided by the professionals and professors of the various fields.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

We 5 researchers met after the Gorkha Earthquake, 2015. We all had learned the need of community empowerment. Thus, after the discussion, we concluded to establish the organization that can contribute to strengthen the community to disaster. We have a provision to work in every stages of disaster cycle, civil engineering and social science.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The social cohesion developed by the project will help in peace building. The workshop and training will help in developing disaster resiliency that will further help in prosperity.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The DRR professionals, researchers, community people including youths and adults, government authorities, local planner, policy maker and local representatives will be involved in the activities of a project.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Natural beauty is the top strength of an area. Tourism, agriculture and agro-business are the top livelihood sectors of the area. Thus, community have lesser dependency for such products. As the disaster tends to destroy such strength, the project will strengthen such sectors.

Geographic Focus

Ilam Municipality is located in the eastern most hilly part of the country.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project may need at most few months for full arrangement (collaboration with and permission from the local government). The project may need few months for the completion. Thus, the project can be concluded within 6 months period.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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