More reporting from Ishu in Kathmandu:
While distributing the relief materials, we are continuously working out on our second phase approach. Gradually, we have started to focus on rehabilitating and rebuilding response to the ground. As monsoon is approaching it has become urgent need to build a shelter for thousands of people living in an open space.
A group of volunteers from USA and India joined hands with ICA Nepal and local community to clear up the rubble and debris in Changu Narayan Bhaktapur.
We started with helping an old man (aged 82 years old) named Mr. Purna B. Tamang to clear up the rubble of his house which is completely damaged. In coming days, ICA Nepal will continue to work with local community and Progressive Women Group in Changunarayan to help the neediest people to clear up the debris.
Our effort does not end here. ICA Nepal team is taking a step ahead and building a house for Mr. Tamang in Changunarayan using Earthbag Technology. The effort is reinforced by international volunteers from US and India (Sierra, Randy, Manba, Karthik, Sandesh, Yomri), Dr. Subas Risal (Pro Park Pvt. Ltd), Progressive Women Groups, Engineers from Khwapa Engineering College and many others.
Earthbag homes are houses built using rice bags filled with soil for the walls. The rice bags are held in place and strengthened using barbed wire and covered with plaster or adobe to shed water and to prevent any degradation from solar radiation. This construction technique can be used for emergency shelters, temporary or permanent housing and barns. It is frequently chosen for many small-to-medium-sized institutional structures in the world. Earthbag homes are claimed to have economic, social, environmental and logistic benefits.
ICA Nepal Volunteers is currently working on building such house in Changu for 82 years old man. He is partially blind and living with a married daughter. He does not want to leave his house (though completely damaged) and go at his daughter’s place for shelter. His daughter along with her husband and children are also living in a tent. There is no other family members to take care of him.
In your desire to help victims and survivors of this awful disaster, you may donate through the Jean Houston Foundation to send a message to our colleagues in Nepal that we are with them in their time of need.