In April 2015, an earthquake devastated Nepal. In Kavre, in the Kathmandu Valley, there is still a great deal of work to be done. With support from volunteers like you, communities in Kavre can continue to rebuild and prepare themselves for the future.
Depending on the area of greatest need at the time of your trip, you will complete jobs such as rubble clearing, material hauling, stone wall construction, toilet construction and house construction and house repairs and renovations. You’ll work closely with the community, who will help in all aspects of the build. In one week, you will forge a close bond with your teammates and the families whose lives you are helping to change. This is a great way to make a real difference and see this amazing country at the same time.
The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015 caused serious damage and significant loss of life. Much of the country was affected, including the area of Kavre, where it is estimated that 20 000 people have been left homeless by the earthquake.
The Kavre district is just North of Kathmandu in Nepal’s central region. At the foothills of the Himalayas, this area is home to many of the country’s Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples. It also includes many small villages with families in need of better, disaster resilient housing. In Kavre community, people from different ethnic groups are dependent on agriculture. Most of the existing houses consist of just one storey and one room, where families with an average of 10 members tend to share their space with their livestock. The most immediate problem with these houses is the roof structures made of hay – a material that is leaky, temporary and very flammable. Many families attempt to better the condition of the roofs by repairing on their own, however their lack of financial resources is a significant hurdle.
The Namaste team will have the opportunity to assist with ongoing recovery efforts for communities affected by the devastating April 2015 earthquake, giving them security and peace of mind for the future.
Meet your team in Kathmandu and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Discover the local sights with your team and then travel together to Kavre, where you will check in to your accommodation for the week ahead
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building
Full days of building with your teammates
Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to our partner family
Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations.
Click here for an information pack about the build that includes the project info, detailed itinerary, costs and stories from past volunteers – take some time to read about the build and see how you can help change the lives of families in need
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