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Employment related skills after shelter!

Posted 31 July, 04:20 pm

July 31 2015 | Martha Ramtel, 41, who lost her husband fifteen years ago and also lost her father, who has been assisting her since then, during the devastating earthquake in April this year, comes from a Dalit family in Dumin Danda village, in Sindhupalchowk district, Nepal. Living with her children she works as a labourer and also sells buffalo leather as raw material to local entrepreneurs. The food grain she produces is only sufficient for three months in a year.

Encouraged by the material support provided by the temporary shelter project implemented by UN-Habitat in partnership with a local NGO, Community Development and Environment Conservation Forum (CDECF) in her village and pressed by the urgent need to keep her family safe from the monsoon rains, she built a temporary shelter.

She has also used locally available construction materials like bamboo, wood and stones. Not only her shelter is technically sound, she has also built a temporary toilet.

She has set an example in her community that single-woman, with adequate support, can build safe and appropriate shelter.

As Mrs. Ramtel is working hard to earn her living through labor works, she is now looking for some support to get vocational training so that it will be easier for her to earn her livings.

In Nepal, Dalits are socially discriminated and economically marginalized. They are one of the most vulnerable populations with limited coping capacity