Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Habitat for Humanity International - Nepal has celebrated 5000th house milestone and 5001st House Ground breaking ceremony. This main event is followed by many other sub events.

Event main features:

5000th House dedication
5000th House dedication took place on 12th July 2009 in the district of Jhapa amidst more than 2500 people. The 5000th house was declared opened by UN Habitat (ERSO program) Representative, Dr. Christian Schlosser from Nairobi. The house consists of two rooms and a toilet, costs NRs. 92,201 (US$ 1200) and is made out of bamboo and plastered with cement. The house will ultimately have a sitting room and a kitchen added.

5000th house dedication - opening speech by Dr. Christian Schlosser

Longest drawing on housing
The longest drawing, held in Jhapa, attracted the attention of many. The drawing was completed with the participation of over 4000 students and 1000 other people. The completed length of the drawing is 5000 meters (5Km) and was done on fabric, has used 1800 liters of paint and 1000 brushes. This has been brought to Kathmandu to be handed over to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Physical Planning and Housing.


Students drawing their own dream house


A local girl dreaming her own home

Since the drawing was all on housing it has created an impact on housing to more than 30,000 individuals, creating awareness on housing. This also has attracted media and has come on national television channels.

Rally

Rally on shelter needs and advocacy: mass participation
The rally on “Shelter needs and Advocacy” was organized. This rally was of about 40 minute walking from the Town hall of Dhulabari to the 5000th house with more than 2000 individuals taking part.

Gathering
After the dedication of the house and the rally the main celebration to mark the 5000th families assisted in Nepal was held at the town hall in Dhulabari, Jhapa. This was presided over by the Member Secretary of the Social Welfare Council, affiliated to the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare. Additionally the event was attended by over 3000 individuals, representing UN-Habitat Nepal and Nairobi, Government of Nepal, Habitat for Humanity International, various national and local organizations, all our partner organizations and large members from the Village Banks. It was unfortunate that the Hon. Speaker Mr. Subash Nembang could not attend the celebrations as the chief guest due to political issues in Kathmandu.
During this gathering the souvenir book that contained messages from the Prime Minister and the government officials, messages from Habitat International and other relevant organizations, was inaugurated. Additionally the CD of the theme song on Habitat was also inaugurated.
Three cultural dances from local schools added more color and entertainment to the program.
The responsibility for organizing the event was undertaken by our partner, Hatemelo Seva Samuha.

5000st House Ground Breaking Ceremony
On 13th July, 5001st ground breaking ceremony was held in the district of Kavre and the corner stone was laid by the Member Secretary of Social Welfare Council on behalf of the Government of Nepal as the Prime Minister of Nepal could not attend the celebrations. The event was organized by ADRA Nepal. The event was attended by UN Habitat, USA Embassy, all implementing partners and the home partners of Kavre district.
One of the main attractions of the event in addition to the laying of the corner stone was the demonstration of the prefabricated bamboo housing. The miniature model was assembled in 20 minutes.
Hon. guests attending 5001st house ceremony

Dinner
On the evening of 13th July, a formal dinner was held for the Ambassadors and the Heads of INGOs in the Kumari Hall of Hotel de l’ Annapurna. It was co-sponsored by Omni Groups of Industries. The dinner started with a short welcome and a short introduction about Habitat Nepal, a short clip on the 5000th house dedication and 5001st Ground ceremony was also shown.
Informal talks with all the dignitaries were encouraged and the talks lasted though the dinner that started at 7 p.m. ended around 9 p.m.

The event concluded with great success and Habitat Nepal plans to double the number of families served within two years.

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