The photos before and after the Red Cross program are visual proof of making people’s life easier.
The Nepal Red Cross Society’s Community Development Department has completed the Enhancement of Community Development Program (ECDP) in Mahankal Rural Municipality in Lalitpur in early 2020.
The 11-months long project period, funded by British Red Cross, had activities related to the Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WASH) and Health.
Chandanpur Bridge was a lifeline for more than half the population of Mahankal Rural Municipality.
In the rainy season, when public bus service used to be interrupted, the bridge crossing river named Mulkhola is the only way to reach the Municipality office, a hospital in Kathmandu, and to supply their local agricultural products to the wider market for local people of the Ward no 4, 5 and 6.
Devastating floods in 2019 had destroyed many infrastructures and community assets in Mahankal Rural Municipality, including the bridge. Because of an unexpected disaster and limited resources to respond to that, the Rural Municipality had been struggling to renovate the community infrastructures, respond to the affected individuals, reopening the roads and other facilities.
The Nepal Red Cross Society’s project was implemented in Wards no. 3, 4 and 5 from February to December 2019. The Red Cross initiated to share the cost with Rural Municipality as per their request and agreed to pay the labor costs of around NPR 1,55,000, engaging local people as much as possible. NRCS funding supported also to renovate the destroyed bridge. Nearly half of the cost was covered by the Red Cross which helped the Rural municipality to accelerate their recovery works.
After the reconstruction of the Chandanpur bridge, local people from southern Mahankal have easy access to the Rural Municipality Office and other government services at Gotikhel, as well as wider health services and markets at Kathmandu.
Now, the height of the bridge is increased to reduce the risk of collapse in the future and widened so that the motorcycles can also pass through.
Naman Dada Foot trail
Naman Dada, center for Ward no 5, has the most complex landscape in Mahankal Rural Municipality, with the geographically sharp slope.
The local health post got damaged in the 2015 earthquake so badly that it had to be relocated from nearby the Ward Office. The Red Cross Earthquake recovery programme supported to build a permanent health post building, but only through the Enhancement of Community Development Program (ECDP), the local community, Health Post Management Committee, and Ward Office realized the problem of difficult access between Ward Office and Health Post.
Both the local people as well as Ward Office and Health Post staff and governance have to visit both locations regularly at the same time.
Therefore the ECDP programme supported to built a cemented foot trail with proper steps between the Ward Office and the Health Post. The new foot trail supports to the senior citizens, pregnant women, children, and other local people, reduce the distance from the Ward Office and the Health Post, and helped the local people to generate income through temporary employment opportunity as the trail was built through Cash For Work (CFW) implementation.