The devastating 2015 earthquake in Nepal left more than 8,700 people dead and resulted in large-scale damage to hundreds of thousands of homes. But even before the earthquake, the country's housing need was acute and growing. A 2010 study by UN-Habitat showed that at least 40,000 urban housing units are required annually in Nepal. Since the 2015 earthquakes, however, the housing need has grown significantly, as more than 498,000 houses were destroyed and over 256,000 houses damaged.
In 2017, Habitat for Humanity Canada and Habitat Nepal began working together to improve the lives of families in the Kavre and Nuwakot Districts of Nepal. Habitat is providing grants of $2,500 per family to 30 low-income families in Kavre to enable them to build new homes. These grants are for the construction of new core houses, or small, secure homes that can be extended onto in future as families need. These core homes are disaster resilient and designed in collaboration with the government. Grants are issued in three installments in order for Habitat Nepal to provide technical assistance to families through every step in their construction process with visits from local engineers and experts.
In addition, more families in Tupche, Nuwakot will receive building materials for repairs and retrofits, as well as additional support in the form of labour. The project will take place through 2018 and will directly benefit 100 families or more.