Nepal Earthquake Recovery

Immediate-aidRebuilding Nepal

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015, followed just 18 days later by a second large earthquake. Almost 9,000 people lost their lives, over 600,000 homes were destroyed, and key infrastructure such as schools, health facilities, temples and roads was severely damaged.

Thanks to public donations and the New Zealand Aid Programme, we were able to respond quickly to provide emergency aid including materials for shelter and to set up temporary learning classrooms for affected communities in the Everest region.

One year on, our rebuild and recovery programme is underway. Over the next three years, we will focus on building seismically-strengthened school facilities, and bringing skills and training to help local communities recover.

Immediate response

Our immediate priority was to provide emergency aid including materials for shelter and to set up temporary learning classrooms for affected communities in the Everest region. Our response meant that over 6000 school children were back in class just three weeks after the second earthquake. After a disaster like this, it’s vital to get kids back to school as quickly in an effort to restore normal life and stability, and a way to help them cope with fear and loss. We provided training for teachers  in how to support traumatised children, and provided disaster preparedness training for children and teachers in the Solukhumbu District. We also funded the construction of 31 emergency homes for families who lost everything in the earthquakes

Sami Baraili, and Purnima Baraili, 7 inside the emergency relief home that was given to them by the Himalayan Trust after  their home was destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes, in Thulo Gumela, Nepal. Picture taken on February 22, 2016. The Himalayan Trust funded the construction of 25 relief houses in the Solukhumbu district after the 2015 earthquakes.

A safe place to shelter

The Himalayan Trust funded 31 emergency homes for families who lost everything in the earthquakes

When all the homes in the village of Thulo Gumela were destroyed, the Baraili family received a relief home from the Himalayan Trust.

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Building safer, stronger schools

school-designs-2The rebuild and recovery programme is now in progress and will see the rebuild of 120 classrooms, teachers’ quarters, student hostels and toilet blocks at 30 schools, including some of the most remote schools in the Solukhumbu district within the next three years.

The new school classrooms will have lightweight timber-truss roofs supported on reinforced stone-masonry walls. The construction incorporates reinforced-concrete horizontal bands and vertical members into the masonry walls. This design provides seismic resistance, while also maximizing the use of local materials as well as traditional building styles and techniques.

We have established a team of highly skilled and qualified Nepali engineers and building supervisors to manage the multi-site project, supported by New Zealand project manager Howard Iseli.

New skills and jobs

Local young people will be offered on the job vocational training as part of the rebuild. Skilled tradespeople from Kathmandu and elsewhere will work alongside local people. Not only will this help address the problem of labour shortages, but it will also bring in vital new skills and employment opportunities to the region.

Community connection

The local community will raise at least 10% of the rebuild cost of the school facilities. Some of this may be provided construction labour or portering equipment and materials to the rebuild sites.

From financial support to labour, consultation and leadership, the whole community play a key role in the rebuild and recovery programme.

Taking the lead to build back better

Meet Lhakpa Gelzen Sherpa, leader of the “Build Back Better” rebuild project for Chaurikharka High School.

Meet Lhakpa

Photostory: Building back better in Nepal

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What you can do

Please donate to help us continue our rebuild work in Nepal. Every contribution, large or small will make a real difference to the communities we work with in the Everest region.

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