Following the 2015 earthquake, Pipaltar was one of the worst-hit villages in the Kavre district – only two out of its 89 houses were left standing.
Down but not out, the villagers partnered with local volunteers mobilised by Habitat for Humanity Nepal to remove tons of rubble. Some of the rubble was used to rebuild roads and widen walkways resulting in greater communal space for the villagers.
Each of the 87 families who worked with Habitat Nepal to rebuild their homes put in more than 500 hours of their own labor, also known as “sweat equity”.
In April 2017, two years after the earthquake, Habitat Nepal celebrated together with the 87 families at a house dedication ceremony. Among them were Niru and her husband Sajan. She said: “My family was involved in rebuilding this house and helped with everything from the foundation to the roof. I am blessed to have a new home.”
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