Disaster Preparedness and Awareness Raising Program (DIPICHO Program)

  1. Objectives
  • To reduce vulnerability of the poorest community through prevention/mitigation of floods in selected 4 VDC’s of Mahottari.
  • Increased awareness and preparedness of people of selected VDC’s on water induced disaster.
  • Increased livelihood opportunities for the dalit and women flood victims and flood-affected people of Mahottari through income generation, appropriate land and water management, sand resistance farming and market based development.
  • Increased coordination/linkages with stakeholders and line agencies, to contribute to appropriate changes and formulation of disaster management policies and practices.


  1. Duration: 1st May 2006 – 30th June 2007


  1. Coverage: Dhirapur, Gonarpura, Matihani, and Simardahi VDCs on Mahottari District


  1. Partner Agency: OXFAM GB Nepal


  1. Current Status: Completed


  1. Major Outcomes
  • In total 75 hand pumps are installed in proper places and managed in a way that those hand pumps can be use for safe drinking water in  flood period.
  • In total 4 emergency shelters established in different parts of  the project area which are helpful to use in  disaster period
  • The awareness for flood control and relief fund at the VDC level and a preparedness plan at the district level if completed will certainly have an extra impact.
  • The targeted 471 households in 4 clusters were made aware on flood preparedness. Advocacy was carried out at both the district and VDC level for different purpose. Moreover the volunteers were trained to do advocacy.
  • 74 families have initiated different income generation activities.
  • The awareness of poor women and men and children have increased on preparedness from floods and they now pay attention on hygiene but 5.5 month is a short time to assess real change.
  • Men and women have started sitting in the meetings together which is not a custom in the terai where women live behind veil and their movement is restricted.
  • The VDC and the district level stakeholders are committed to establish a flood control and relief fund at the VDC level and disaster preparedness plan at the district level.
  • The project has been highly cost effective as it spend only NRs415 per targeted population.
  • The employment of the local field workers and staff helped in the smooth implementation in   spite of the political turmoil in the country. 

Program area

Dhirapur, Gonarpura, Matihani, and Simardahi VDCs on Mahottari District

Budget Needed

Project Period

1st May 2006 - 30th June 2007