Nepal Earthquake Recovery

Thanks to your support, children in the Everest region of Nepal are back at school in classrooms made safer and stronger than ever before.

The new classrooms at Thame school

Three years ago a series of devastating earthquakes struck Nepal. The earthquakes took the lives of almost 9000 people in Nepal, over 600,000 homes were destroyed, and roads, schools and health facilities were severely damaged.

Your response was amazing. Thanks to you, the Himalayan Trust provided immediate help to communities in the Kathmandu valley and the mountainous Everest region.

We provided emergency shelter, tarpaulins and tents, warm clothing, waterproofs, emergency beds and blankets and built over 30 emergency homes for families whose homes had been destroyed.

Many schools in the Everest region were badly damaged in the earthquakes. The Himalayan Trust immediately built temporary structures or provided tents for temporary classrooms, ensuring children could get back to class and some normality within weeks.

Building 150 safe classrooms at 36 schools

The Himalayan Trust went on to develop the biggest infrastructure project we have ever undertaken –.to build earthquake-strengthened classroom blocks to replace those damaged and destroyed in the earthquakes.

Khumjung: new classrooms to the left of the original schoolroom built by Sir Ed in 1961

Within three years of the first devastating earthquake, we have now completed 150 earthquake-strengthened classrooms at 36 schools, as well as toilet blocks and a water supply.

Thanks to you, more than 7000 children are now able to study in safe, strong classrooms. And their families and communities will benefit from these facilities for decades to come.

Find out more about the earthquake-strengthened design:

More than bricks and mortar

Tackling many challenges

This school rebuild programme has been the largest and most complex infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Himalayan Trust – and it threw up a good many challenges to tackle, including:

Despite the challenges, it has taken less than three years to complete the construction of 150 new earthquake-strengthened classrooms at 36 villages. 

Completing the water supply at Pike school.

Creating jobs and community knowledge

The rebuild project provided valuable employment to men and women in local communities, as families struggled to rebuild their homes and livelihoods. It also provided on-site training in seismic-strengthened construction to more than 150 local stonemasons – skills and knowledge we are hopeful will transfer to other future construction projects in the district.

Communities have been closely involved in all decision making, planning, financial management, and construction work at every school. They also make an important financial contribution of between 10-20% of the total cost. This contribution was made in cash or in kind, such as portering materials and equipment, supplying local materials or providing labour.

Through the consultation and project management process, communities have learned about earthquake-resistant building techniques and for many, the new classrooms are now the safest buildings in their village.

Thanks to you

“It is with a huge sigh of relief, mixed with immense satisfaction that the Himalayan Trust reflects on our contribution, in fact your contribution, to Nepal’s rebuild,” says Prue Smith, General Manager of the Himalayan Trust.

“We take comfort knowing the newly built classrooms will provide safe havens in times of future earthquakes – but hope that it is many, many years before another such natural disaster impacts the small mountainous region for which so many of us hold such deep affection.”

Thank you to everyone who supported the Nepal Earthquake 2015 appeal and made all this work possible.

Thank you from Thame school

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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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