Posted on May 23, 2015
Today we traveled to Ningale Village for a site survey together with our contacts from HCI – Resilient Homes, Saurav Rana and Aditi Shrestha. The metal frames and roofs for the rebuilding process is being supplied by Resilient Homes.
Getting to Ningale is an ordeal, and the monsoon is not even here yet! It is a four-hour drive on a treacherous, and often scary, mountainous dirt road from Kathmandu, followed by an hour’s hike through a forest and some cornfields.
Despite the entire village being in shambles, the locals greeted us with typical Nepali hospitality consisting of ‘khadas’ (scarves presented as a way to show respect), garlands, and more importantly, warm smiles. You know that they would do everything to help you if you were in their shoes, reminding us again of why this rebuild project is so important.
After the site survey, we identified three different plots on agricultural fields where the new homes will be built for now. These houses will then be relocated to the owners’ respective lands once existing debris from fallen homes have been cleared over the coming months. The modular homes take about 3 hours to dismantle and 5 hours to rebuild.
During the rebuilding, we will train the villagers so that they can learn how exactly to dismantle and rebuild their homes. We explained to the villagers that they will be responsible for this process and also for the maintenance of their homes.
All in all, today was one of those days where you feel proud to have such a great and supportive network of people all around the world trying to make a difference for a small village in Nepal.
Let’s rebuild Ningale!
Photos from today has been uploaded here on Flickr.