Dipak has already renovated eight old houses and built 10 earthquake resilient houses. The villagers are so impressed by his work that everybody wants Dipak to build their houses.
At a young age of 24, Dipak Charmakar of Champadevi Gaunpalika-3 of Okhaldhungahas become an inspiration for his fellow villagers.
Dipak never hesitates to get new skills. He used to work as a carpenter and sometimes as an electrician before he took 50 days mason training provided by Jhapa Technical Institute, a partner of Employment Fund/ HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal, funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
After taking the mason trainingin December 2015, Dipak has been in demand to reconstruct the houses damaged by the earthquake in April 2015. As Dipak now has all the skills required to rebuild a house, he hardly gets a free time these days.
Dipak had earlier taken six-month furniture making training in Kathmandu and had even opened his own furniture factory but he always had an interest in masonry. Hence, he used to follow his father who works as a mason and help himin building houses. As he is not skilled in masonry, he used to be paid only Rs. 600 a daybefore but after acquiring the necessary skills he now earns Rs 1,500 a day.
He no more tags along with his father and works on his own. He has already renovated eight old houses and built 10 earthquake resilient houses. The villagers are so impressed by his work that everybody wants Dipak to build their houses.As he already had skills in carpentry and electrical works, he can take care of all aspects of building a house.
“The training has helped me to learn new technology of building earthquake resilient houses and has also increased my earnings,” says Dipak. “It has also provided skills training to unemployed youth in our village and made them employed and independent.”
Dipakis now taking contracts to build houses and provides employment to others. “This was a dream for me. I am very happy that I am now working as a contractor,” he said.
He also wants to take training up to level III and become a trainer. Even though he has passed SLC examination, he does not want to study further as he sees future in the sector. “I do not want to take formal education anymore but excel in this sector, as I see my future bright working as a mason and being a trainer in the days to come,” he said.
Dipak has also worked as a community supervisor with Employment Fund /HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal for two months. As a community supervisor, he assisted the community people in taking the photos of various levels of their houses and linking them with the technical team of the project in case assistance was required.
Had he not taken the training, he would have still been working as an unskilled mason and earning lesser than what other masons are earning.
“The training has not only given me skills and increased my wage, but has also helped me make my dream come true as a contractor,” he said, confidently.“It also motivated me to learn more and to do better in this sector.”
“Now, I am happy that I am not only building a normal house but a safer and earthquake resilient house that brings smile on faces of my fellow villagers.”