Inauguration and Handover Ceremony Concludes at Irkhu
ISAP and PWJ organized “Inauguration and Handover Ceremony” in Irkhu VDC-8, Sindhupalchowk, on December 20, 2016, as a part of the Nepal Earthquake Reconstruction and Recovery Programme.
Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota, Member of Parliament, was the Chief Guest and Ms. Shanti Dhakal, Secretary of Irkhu VDC was the Chairperson at the event. The special guests were Mr. Laxmi Prasad Upadhaya, Chief of Water Supply and Sanitation District Office, Sindhupalchowk, Mr. Buwaneshwor Lamichhane, Executing Officer of Chautara Municipality, Mr. Rup Kumar B.K., District Coordinator of HRRP. The event also welcomed distinguished guests from various political parties and civil society.
The highlight of the ceremony was the inauguration of a disaster resilient model house, which was handed over to Mr. Surya Narayan Giri, representing the beneficiary community by Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota. The model house will be used by the women’s group of Irkhu for their meetings and other group activities. Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota also inaugurated a water tap that functions through ISAP and PWJ constructed water scheme and is now open for the community usage.
Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota remarked that “Irkhu has remained underdeveloped despite being near to Chautara. But, the brighter side is that it is taking initial steps toward development with the construction of water supply. Also, in a country where the president to chief justice is a woman, a community house for the women’s group, will be very helpful for self-development as well as contribute toward the development of Irkhu in long run.”
Happy to witness water supply constructions, especially the ones with lift system, Mr. Laxmi Prasad Upadhaya extended his gratitude toward ISAP and PWJ for completion of work as per the commitment. He added, “Due to earthquake major water sources have had dried up, so using the lift system ensures safe water supply to communities in need.”
During the event, Mr. Rup Kumar B.K. further stressed on rebuilding and reconstructing as per community need, and thanked ISAP and PWJ for being able to identify and address the problem of water supply and safer houses which have become the priority of Sindhupalchowk after the earthquake.
ISP and PWJ have jointly handed over 5 community buildings, trained 121 masons, and constructed 38 water schemes with the active participation of the community members through Participatory Approach to Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure (PARCI), benefiting 1311 households in Sindhupalchowk.