Some of the families in the earthquake affected areas have received tents, food, medicine and other relief materials. However, the plastic tents cannot withstand the downpour of monsoon. This is the immediate threat to the people in the earthquake-affected villages. A coordinated initiative can provide shelter to many families who otherwise are very vulnerable. This initiative requires skilled and semi-skilled volunteers from abroad, who can provide technical and manual assistance to build shelters using the local resources, provide health, safety and sanitation advices and provide post-disaster consultations. Volunteers are expected to stay for a month in a designated village and will deliver assistance in the form of skill and expertise. The volunteers, in close association with the local people and staff of Dupche Pratisthan Nepal, will draft their own plan of action, design the shelter, build it and deliver it to the families. Corrugated tin sheets and local woods are the primary construction materials to be used.
The volunteers will work at the villages in one of the districts affected by the earthquake. The district and villages are marked yellow in the map. We recommend the volunteers to contribute their work either in Gorkha, Dhading, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk or Dolkha district because of the magnitude of the impact and need of the support.
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A group of volunteers consisting of at least one civil engineer or an architect, a carpenter, one public health personnel and a few students or semi skilled people who are willing to do menial works are needed to build the shelters. Minimum size of the volunteering group is 10. If there are more volunteers we will form another group and depute to a different village.
The volunteers need to pay for their air and surface transportation, visa fees, accommodation, meals, insurance and all other personal expenses. Travel to and from the sites, coordination with the relevant villages, site visits, accommodation, meals will be arranged by Dupche Pratisthan Nepal on the basis of actual costs. The travel arrangement of the volunteers will be according to the following work schedule. Each group will be assigned two personnel of Dupche Pratisthan Nepal who will coordinate with the local people and authorities help acquire building materials, cook food and look after daily needs of the group.
For the most part you will be staying in a tented community. Sleeping in high quality 2 man tents equip with a mosquito net, snow-in ground sheet and beds. You can request to have your own tent. There will be toilet and shower tents provided. Whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara you will stay at comfortable 3 star hotels fit with standard western amenities.