There is an urgent need to rebuild after the earthquakes that devastated all north central Nepal this spring, causing extensive losses of life, property, and livelihood. The site for this pilot project is Phyukhri Ridge, which lies on the boundary between Rasuwa and Nuwakot and is home to some of the greatest poverty in central Nepal. This area has also suffered some of the highest levels of earthquake loss and damage, and has often come last to receive official relief efforts.

The Training Rebuild Project is a single time-bounded project intended to pilot:

  1. a participatory, inclusive and locally managed approach for
  2. developing and sharing knowledge and skills pertaining to earthquake-resistant construction, in a process that results in
  3. the production and distribution of building designs for earthquake-resistant structures which reflect local use needs & sustainably available materials,
  4. hands-on training in safe earthquake-resistant techniques to local stone masons, carpenters and iron workers from all over Phyukhri Ridge
  5. the reconstruction of two local community structures in the village of Mhanegang and
  6. expanded capacity of the women's community associations on Phyukhri Ridge to organize and manage collective projects.

This Project will be comprised of three discrete stages:

  1. Revise existing architectural plans for earthquake-resistant houses in consultation with villagers to: (a) reflect local use needs, resources & traditions, and (b) compile a construction manual that can be understood by non-formally trained masons, carpenters & iron workers.
  2. Train local construction workers (masons, carpenters & iron workers) in earthquake-resistant techniques in a two-week hands-on training camp, utilizing & strengthening the capacities of the local women's associations.
  3. Rebuild two community structures using two different construction techniques in a two week training camp with local masons, carpenters, iron workers and volunteer labor.

Please use the PayPal button below to make a gift in support of this Project! It's secure, fast, and easy - and you do not need to have a PayPal account, you can just use your credit card. Your support will be used specifically toward the rebuilding of Mhanegang. Your gift will also be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law: Educate the Children, a 501c3 organization (tax ID 16-1383981), is acting as fiscal sponsor for this Project.