The Himalayan Trust has funded the construction of 25 emergency houses in the Chaurikharka district for families who lost everything in the devastating earthquakes earlier this year.
In the Solukhumbu region where we work, over 6,000 homes were damaged and more than 1,500 completely destroyed by the earthquakes, leaving an estimated 12,000 people homeless.
The Himalayan Trust responded immediately, distributing tarpaulins, tents, bedding and other essential items to provide emergency shelter for affected communities.
The small village of Thulo Gumela in Chaurikharka was completely destroyed. The village is off the beaten tourist track, and the families there earn a small income from agriculture.
Kumle Bika was one of the villagers who lost his family home: “After the house got destroyed, we had nowhere to go. I was really worried about my family. We stayed under the sky without any roof above our heads for some days.”
Many families have spent months living in tents at high altitudes, especially difficult during the monsoon season.
The Himalayan Trust has funded the construction of ten relief houses in Thulo Gumela- Kumle and his family were able to move into theirs in early August. The design is earthquake resistant and the dwellings are located on land that is not threatened by landslides and avalanches. They are steel construction with corrugated iron roofing and steel sheet cladding. The walls are insulated with glass-wool and the interior lined with plywood sheeting.
“I want to thank Himalayan Trust for helping us in providing the relief house. Our community have no words to express how happy we are to get this new relief house. Thank you for helping our community.”