Ambassador for Canada to Nepal Nadir Patel said Canada will increase its support to Nepal in various development sectors. Addressing a program organized to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada, Ambassador Patel called all the diplomats based in Kathmandu to participate Everest Base camp expedition next year.
To mark the 150 the Anniversary of Canada, Canadian ambassador to Nepal Nadir Patel hosted a reception in Kathmandu. Attended by high government officials, Kathmandu based head of diplomatic missions, former ministers, politicians, business communities, Canadian citizens living in Nepal and people from different walk of life, honorary consulate general of Canada to Nepal Dr. Buddha Basnyat also addressed the program highlighting Nepal-Canadian relations.
Canada To Provide Additional $14.7 Million In Aid To Nepal
Canada announced an additional $14.7 million to support reconstruction efforts, economic growth and water and sanitation projects in Nepal.
The announcement fulfills Canada’s overall $51.7 million commitment to match contributions by Canadians to earthquake relief in Nepal as part of the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund.
According to the press release issued by Smriti Saxena, Advocacy Communications Officer of High Commissioner of Canada, the Government of Canada established this matching fund to support the humanitarian response and the longer-term recovery and reconstruction efforts following the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in 2015.
According to a press release, of this new funding, $10 million will be allocated to five Canadian partners to provide much-needed potable water, sanitation, and hygiene services to over 300,000 women, men and children in the most severely affected communities of Nepal.
The money is used to provide training for over 120 community and government organizations and almost 2,500 individuals – 50% of whom are women – to better respond to their communities’ current and future water, sanitation and hygiene needs; and provide almost 28,000 vulnerable women and men with the skills and resources they need to restore their livelihoods to meet the basic needs of their families.
Another $4.7 million will go toward the World Bank’s Rural Housing Reconstruction Multi-Donor Trust Fund to support the Government of Nepal’s Housing Reconstruction Program, which will help restore more than 80,000 households that were damaged by the 2015 earthquakes.
To date, thanks to the very generous donations of thousands of Canadians, more than 1.4 million vulnerable women, men, and children have received emergency food assistance, including targeted nutrition assistance for children; and more than 700,000 families have received emergency shelter and relief supplies such as tarpaulins, tents, sleeping mats, blankets, warm clothing and cooking items. In addition, over 1300 engineers, 469 sub-engineers, and 508 assistant engineers have been deployed to support reconstruction efforts in Nepal.
The announcement of CAD$14.7 million, brings Canada’s overall contribution to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to CAD$51.7M through programming as follows: Humanitarian assistance provided immediately after the earthquake: CAD$27 million, Recovery efforts: CAD$10 million, Housing Reconstruction: CAD$14.7 million, Breakdown of CAD14.7 Million Announced today, CARE Canada – CAD$2.03 million over 3 years, This project will improve the quality of life of almost 28,000 people – half of whom are women – from earthquake-affected communities by providing much-needed water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.
CAWST – CAD$1.62 million over 4 years
The project will improve the wellbeing of almost 260,000 people by increasing access to and use of WASH services in severely affected areas in Nepal. The project will also provide training for local government and community organizations to respond to the current and future WASH needs of these communities, building long-term resilience.
Oxfam Canada – CAD$2.03 million over 2 years
This project will help to improve the well-being and resilience of over 20,000 women, men and children living in the earthquake-affected district of Sindhupalchowk, Nepal, by meeting their needs for potable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and practices.
CECI – CAD$2.01 million over 3 years
This project will provide over 18,000 of the most vulnerable women, men and children from earthquake-affected communities in Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchwok and Lalitpur districts with sustainable livelihoods (dairy farming, small-scale production of poultry, livestock, crops and processed goods such as cheese, pickles, sundried tomatoes, etc.)
World Vision Canada – CAD$2.01 million over 2 years
The project will improve the economic sustainability and resilience of almost 10,000 women, men and children in earthquake-affected districts of Gorkha and Nuwakot, Nepal. The project will provide agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilizer, livestock and improved technologies); business and financial support for micro, small and medium business enterprises (65% of recipients are women); and labor market skills training for hundreds of community members.
World Bank –CAD$4.7 million over 5 years
This contribution brings Canada’s total funding to the World Bank’s Rural Housing Reconstruction Multi-Donor Trust Fund to CAD$14.7 million to support the effective implementation of the Government of Nepal’s Housing Reconstruction Program. The World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund aims to help restore more than 80,000 households that were damaged by the 2015 earthquakes. It also aims to improve the country’s resilience and capacity to manage future emergencies.