Namdoling monastery reconstruction
1. General Background:
The devastating earthquake of 25th April 2015 and its subsequent aftershocks have had a short-term and long termed historical impact on Nepal and its people. More than 8,700 people have been killed, more than 22,000 injured, over 500,000 houses fully or partially damaged, and nearly three million people have become homeless. Similarly public and private property, Gumbas/Stupas/Monastries, the basic infrastructures and historical and socio-cultural heritage have suffered huge loss, demanding better building Nepal.
Over 8 million people are affected in 39 of Nepal’s 75 districts, with over 8,600 deaths and over 14,000 injuries (as of 18th of May 2015). Over 2 million people live in the 11 most critically hit districts in the Central and Western region, including the capital city, the Kathmandu valley and 2 adjacent districts. In these locations, the 2011 census records 284,144 female headed households, 31,600 women with disabilities, 138,032 women over the age of 65; 609,247 girls aged 14 or under and 630,678 illiterate women and girls.
Current estimates suggest that approximately 750,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged. International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix has identified 234 displacement sites in the Kathmandu valley (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur), hosting 41,890 IDPs. Data on the numbers killed, injured and displaced has not been disaggregated by sex or age to date.
The specific conditions of women and girls in the displaced camps and amongst the wider crisis affected population has yet to be fully assessed. The experience for women and girls in Nepal prior to the earthquake was one characterized by low levels of access to education, healthcare, environmental, economic, social and political opportunities, recorded incidents of gender-based violence were high, with the National Demographic Health Survey (2011) indicating that 22% of women aged 15-49 had experienced physical violence and 12% had experienced sexual violence including numerous harmful practices embedded in society/community.
In addition large numbers of women and girls are marginalized in society b y caste designation and entrenched harmful traditional practices- such as child marriage, bonded labor and exclusion during menstruation. Other inter-sectional ties-such as age, marital status and disability-also exacerbates the level of discrimination. The ongoing crises are likely to greatly heighten the level of vulnerability amongst women and girls.
Considering these desperate needs of re-construction of the Namdroling Gumba-located in Khumbu-pasanglhamu Rural Municipality Ward No. 01 (previously: Juving-01), Solukhumbhu district, Nepal local sub-committee of the monastery in local community has been planning to reconstruct the monastery and better build the social asset and contribute in building social harmony and social integration with resilient community. In order to materialize this genuine objective, the Namdoling Monastery would like to establish partnership with the any individual, institution or government agencies.