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Nepal earthquake: one year on

Building safer, stronger schools

Building safer, stronger schools

school-designs-2The rebuild and recovery programme is now in progress and will see the rebuild of at least 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.

One year on report: April 2016

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