“Mason training on earthquake resilient building construction has widened my skills”

“Mason training on earthquake resilient building construction has widened my skills”

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Posted
4/19/16

CARE Nepal with its local partner Group of Helping Hands (SAHAS) Nepal is training local masons to build earthquake resilient build houses. One of the trainees is 37 year old Pyaksi (Sunita) Pariyar. After her husband left her and their two young daughters 15 years ago, Sunita started to work in the construction field as an unskilled mason. With her newly acquired skills her reputation in the community has amplified as many households asked her to assist in the reconstruction of their homes.

Sunita explains how she assisted in constructing a house for Mr. Jitendra Adhikari’s: “At first, the house owner didn’t agree to use earthquake resilient construction techniques as he thought it would be too expensive. However, I could convince him about the advantage of these new technology.” Now Sunita, along with two other CARE trainees, Gopi Nepali and Rajendra Koiralaare building Jitendra’s house. Their daily income has increased from Rs 800 to Rs 1200 (approx from $8 to $12) per day. This income has not only helped Sunita to contribute to meet her family needs, but also contributed to boost her self-esteem. She is now a role model and an example that women can work and earn like men. This has also contributed towards decreasing discrimination against women, especially with regards to working as a mason and earning income to support their family.

The huge damage and loss from the earthquake has made villagers aware of the need to build houses that are earthquake resilient. CARE Nepal’s mason training is providing local masons with  knowledge on building techniques, and villagers now looking for trained mason like Sunita to build back safer homes .“We have to invest a significant budget if we want to engage masons from other places. Thanks to CARE, it’s easy and cheap to build houses with the help of skilled masons from our own village”, says one of the villagers.

The income she earns from her mason training has not only helped Sunita to contribute to meet her family needs, but also contributed to boost her self-esteem. 

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