Rebuilding Nepal in Solidarity

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Introduction

Rebuilding Nepal in Solidarity

What

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.

Where
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.

When

The time is now !

Group size

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.

Cost

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.

Accomodation

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.

Activities

Rebuilding Hope!

DAY 1

ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

You will arrive at Kathmandu Airport where you'll be greeted by a member of the Inspired Escapes team. We will transfer to our hotel. (Meals: none)

DAY 2

BRIEFING AND EXPLORING

BRIEFING AND EXPLORING

After breakfast we will have a briefing from the local staff where we will go through safety procedures, the work you will undergo and answer any questions you may have. You have the afternoon free to explore Kathmandu city, ask our team for ideas for places to visit. Overnight at hotel. (Meals: B)

DAY 3

TRAVEL TO CAMP

TRAVEL TO CAMP

After breakfast we will depart to one of the earthquake affected villages of Nuwakot District. The journey from Kathmandu to the villages takes between 5 and 6 hours and involves a drive and walk. Our focus is on six villages: Sundaradevi, Thaprek, Samundratar, Ramati, Dhandkharka and Rautbesi. Depending upon the size of group, we will decide whether your group will go to one village or two more. We will reach where we will be staying for the new 2 weeks, a tented camp. (Meals; B, D)

DAY 4-16

REBUILD A COMMUNITY

REBUILD A COMMUNITY

Our work at the village will start today and will continue for the next 13 days. Some of the activities you will partake in are: drafting of an action plan, holding meetings, designing buildings, carrying building materials like timber, stone, sand, cement, iron rods, corrugated tin sheets etc, mixing sand and cement and painting the walls of the houses. For activities needing technical skills, we will seek help from local masons, carpenters and other technicians. But those of you having these skills, you can help them with their work and make things easier. We will be focusing mainly on re-using the local resources like wood, bamboo, stones, iron rods, corrugated tin sheets especially from the damaged houses which will reduce the cost of building new houses and the fund can be utilised in buying other materials. For this we will work with the locals to re-use what resources we can. The new houses will be more eco-friendly by utilising the local materials so the homeowners can repair their houses themselves in future . We will draft a plan of action in consultation with the local bodies and people. Innovative and environmentally friendly ideas are most welcome. Once the plan is developed, building can begin. You will spend nights in the tented camps and eat meals prepared by cooks. (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 17

THANK YOU CEREMONY

THANK YOU CEREMONY

Today, after all your hard work it will be time to hand over the homes made to families. Firstly, we will monitoring and evaluate the houses. Later you will be part of a small ceremony between volunteers and the local community to thank you for your hard work. This will be your last night in a tent. (Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 18

SAY GOODBYE TO THE LOCALS

SAY GOODBYE TO THE LOCALS

Today will be your final meeting with the locals and time to say your goodbyes. We will make our way to Pokhara and check into our Hotel. (Meals: B)

DAY 19

FREE DAY

FREE DAY

Today you will have a free day in Pokhara to explore the city. (Meals: B)

DAY 20

NEPALESE DINNER

NEPALESE DINNER

Transfer to Kathmandu for final evening. Tonight we will have a traditional Nepalese dinner at a restaurant. Overnight at hotel. (Meals: B, D)

DAY 21

FINAL GOODBYES

FINAL GOODBYES

Today at a time that suits you we will transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (Meals: B)

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