Gorkha was one of the most severely impacted districts by the earthquakes in 2015. As many communities in the villages of Gorkha rely upon local agricultural produce for their livelihoods, the disruption to farming in Gorkha has put the daily survival of families at risk. Additionally, in the villages of Kashiguan and Manbu existing livelihood projects were stalled. Livelihoods opportunity in Gorkha quickly became almost non-existent after the earthquake. However, under the Rebuilding Communities project – PHASE are working in the villages of Kashiguan and Manbu to help rebuild livelihood opportunities. As part of this, PHASE aim to employ agricultural workers to provide training programmes for farmers to support their recovery of the earthquake.
Shanti, a young Junior Technical Assistant, has been working across the villages of Kashigaun and Manbu to provide agricultural training for local farmers. Particularly, Shanti has been delivering training to many local women farmers in effective farming techniques, irrigation, seasonable vegetable production and soil fertility. Shanti has played a vital role towards rebuilding livelihood opportunities for families in the Gorkha district, gaining trust and respect by working in the heart of the communities. Working directly with and for the community strengthens the bond between PHASE and the isolated communities of Gorkha that have been damaged by the earthquakes. PHASE have worked to ensure that the communities of Gorkha have not been alone in their recovery.
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