Shelter Provisions for the Most Vulnerable Before and During the Monsoon, Nepal


More than three quarter of a million houses collapsed or are damaged during the recent earthquake in April 2015. To respond to this enormous task, the Government of Nepal appealed the international community to support country’s emergency shelter needs. These needs were particularly vital on the onset of the monsoon season, in order to avoid protracted risks, particularly for the most vulnerable people including women and children.

Therefore, in response to this appeal, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nepal implemented a project funded by the Government of Japan that provideed shelter provision for the most vulnerable populations across 10 priority neighbourhoods in five most affected districts: Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts


The overall goal of the intervention is to provide life-saving support during the 2015 monsoon to the most vulnerable households in five districts and to enhance their capacity to engage in community-led recovery.


  • Five most affected districts with updated vulnerability maps (shelter situation and vulnerable household clusters), for targeting immediate assistance and informing emergent recovery initiatives;
  • Ten Community Information Centres, two in each selected districts, established and served neighborhoods highly impacted due to housing damage and having significant number of vulnerable population;
  • 10,000 households provided with Information, Education and Communication materials on ‘building back safer’ and the community-driven approach;
  • 2,200 very vulnerable households provided with shelter support. Of which 1600 households targeted for temporary shelter provision prior to the monsoon and an additional 600 households provided shelter solutions (repair, rental subsidy, host family);
  • 1,200 very vulnerable households facilitated to participate in emergent community-led shelter recovery initiatives.

Donors and Key Project Stakeholders


Government of Japan

Key Project Stakeholders:

Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development, District Disaster Relief Committee, District Development Committee, National Disaster Relief Committee, Shelter Cluster, Community Groups

Relevant Links

UN-Habitat Nepal: Emergency Shelter Project

Relevant Publications

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