Following the earthquake, the Government of Nepal prioritised the reconstruction of water supply systems so people could access clean and safe drinking water, and trail paths and bridges so that remote communities could get to school, market or work.
Purnima works with local governments to identify and prioritise activities that would deliver the greatest impact and benefit the most vulnerable in society, and helps them to select and contract local construction companies. It is also developing systems for overseeing this work, making sure the infrastructure meets design and quality standards and can be managed for long-term sustainability.
Reconstruction of water supplies was needed, both for people to use in their homes and for construction activities. Purnima is implementing water supply reconstruction programmes in four of the districts hardest hit by the earthquake – Gorkha, Dhading, Rasuwa and Nuwakot, and three more adjacent districts – Lalitpur, Makawanpur and Lamjung. By the end of 2019, Purnima had restored access to clean water to about 75,000 people, with schemes under construction or in the pipeline expected to bring supplies to another 75,000 by the end of 2020.
Despite rapid expansion of the rural road network, Purnima identified that there is still a significant need for trails and trail bridges particularly in the more remote, northern areas. Purnima has supported the construction of these, restoring remote communities’ lifelines to healthcare, markets, work and education.
Purnima is also supporting the rebuilding of primary schools and other infrastructure that has been identified as a priority through inclusive local planning processes.