By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, April 3

German Ambassador to Nepal Ms. Verena Orafin von Roedern visited Sankhuwasabha district from March 31 to April 2, 2009, to asses and acquire first-hand information about the benefits and achievements of the six-month long Food Aid and Social Rehabilitation project in Nepal, that will be finalised in April 2009. During her visit, she inaugurated and inspected a school building, a rural road and a drinking water system constructed through funds provided by this project. Addressing the inauguration function, the German Ambassador stressed the importance of a close collaboration with the local authorities with an aim to enable effective delivery of social services. “Although the support was made only on a short-term basis, it shall have a sustainable impact on the livelihood of people through improved local infrastructure,” she said.

Regional Director of Deutsche Wehhungerhilfe (German Agro Action) South Asia, Dr. Bernhard Hoper, who also joined the field visit, expressed his gratitude towards the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for the substantial support at these critical times and congratulated Rural Reconstruction Nepal and affiliated local communities for their commitment and achievements in the Food Aid and Social Rehabilitation Project, according to a press statement issued by the German Embassy.

The Ambassador also held meetings with the various government officials, leaders of the political parties and members of the civil society in the district and appraised herself with the political, social and economic situation in this remote hilly district.

The “Rural Reconstruction Nepal” has been implementing the six-month project in fourteen districts including Sankhuwasabha, for which the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) had provided Euro 1.1 million in November 2008 through Deutsche Wehhungerhilfe, the statement said.

The beneficiaries participated in the programme, in which they constructed rural roads, public school facilities, irrigation canals and other infrastructure with the help of technical and material support provided by the project.

In Sankhuwasabha, 3,445 households will benefit from the project including those affected by the conflict by involving them in different rural infrastructures development activities. The project is hereby supporting the peace building process in the post-conflict situation of Nepal.

Dr Arjun Kumar Karki, President of the local implementing partner RRN, shed light on the activities of the project and emphasised that the project not only helped building rural infrastructure but also the poverty-trodden and marginal groups facing food scarcity, the statement added.

Source: The Rising Nepal (3 April 2009)