As the monsoon season comes to an end in Nepal, the Himalayan Trust is moving into the long-term Rebuild phase of its earthquake response.
The devastating earthquakes earlier this year left 2.8 million people across the country in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Our immediate priority was to provide emergency shelter and relief for affected communities in the Solukhumbu region where we work. The Himalayan Trust distributed tarpaulins, tents, bedding and other essential items to those communities, funded the construction of 25 emergency houses and provided temporary classrooms in 30 schools.
Now the monsoon is ending, our long-term response is getting underway. Following thorough assessments of the affected communities, we will be rebuilding classrooms, teachers’ quarters, student hostels and toilet blocks in at least 22 schools across the Solukhumbu district. We are working with our local partners and the Government of Nepal to make sure designs for the new school buildings meet disaster resilient building codes to better ensure the safety of children and teachers in case of a similar disaster. New Zealand engineer, Howard Iseli, has recently gone up to Nepal with the Himalayan Trust to provide technical and project management support to our partners. We are estimating that it will take five years to repair and rebuild all the damaged buildings.