Qatar, UNDP jointly to build community infrastructure of Gorkha
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, July 8:The Qatar Red Crescent and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal Friday signed an agreement to rehabilitate and rebuild community infrastructure and facilities in Gorkha district of Western Nepal.
The Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Project aims at enhancing the access of approximately 10,000 earthquake-affected people to improved community infrastructure and services, said the press release of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Kathmandu.
Of the Nepalese Rupees 36.8 million total budget, Qatar Red Crescent will grant Nepalese Rupees 16.5 million while UNDP will aid Nepalese Rupees 3.3 million. The rest budget will contribute by the Gorkha Municipality and local communities.
The agreement was signed by Rashid Saad Almohanadi, Director General of Relief and International Development at Qatar Red Crescent and Renaud Meyer, UNDP Country Director in Nepal at the UN House in the presence of the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Nepal Yusuf bin Mohamed Al-Hail, stated in the release.
The project includes construction of two irrigation schemes, a drinking water system, a school building, a health post and over 200 toilets and putting in place a hospital waste management system. The project is complementary to the planned interventions of the local government and coordinated by the concerned ward chairs of the Gorkha municipality, it said.
Speaking at the function Director General of Relief and International Development at Qatar Red Crescent Rashid Saad Almohanadi said, “We are pleased to be part of this six-month collaborative project with UNDP and Gorkha Municipality and look forward to help earthquake affected communities to improve their health and disaster resilience.”
Lauding the assistance the Residence Nepal Country Director of the UNDP Renaud Meyer said that “UNDP is pleased to sign this agreement with the Qatar Red Crescent. We want to see this as the beginning of a new partnership to mobilize the generosity of Qatar in helping Nepal build resilient communities and achieve progress on its broader development objectives.”
“We hope we can reach other needy communities in the future with similar interventions,” he said.
Mayor, Gorkha Municipality Rajan Raj Panta praised the contribution made by the Qatar Red Crescent and UNDP for the community infrastructure building projects in Gorkha district. “The project will be implemented with full participation, leadership and ownership of local communities along with contributing almost half of the total budget,” he committed.