In April 2015, the most powerful earthquake to hit Nepal since 1934 struck near Saurpani, between capital Kathmandu and tourist town Pokhara. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, more than 10,000 people are believed to have died from the devastating natural disaster. Since then, many aftershocks have caused further damage with many historic buildings & historic temples completely destroyed and wide spread damage causing homelessness amongst rural communities.
The earthquake has had a devastating impact on both life and property. The scale of destruction is unimaginable. To the people who have worked their lifetime to create build a home for their family, the loss of basic necessities such as drinking water, education and shelter is incalculable. Many of these families live in inadequate accommodation and children attend school in crumbling buildings.
The Community Reconstruction Project focuses on providing these families with basic housing, secure learning facilities for children, and much needed sanitation facilities.
Role of the Volunteer
The majority of work will consist of unskilled manual labour: digging holes, mixing cement and the carrying of construction materials together with the locals. Construction projects that you will be helping with include: soak pits, libraries, compound walls and classrooms. After their construction, it is also helpful to provide teaching sessions about the significance of these new constructions. Due to the nature of manual labour, this volunteer program is one that challenges both your mental and physical tenacity.
Underprivileged and extremely remote communities do not have proper or sufficient housing. Volunteers can help with building roofs and walls, painting, and installation of housing components. Lack of standard housing is a major issue, and volunteers are needed to assist communities who do not have access to necessary resources.
Water and Sanitation
Inadequate sanitation facilities and clean sources of water are difficult to come by in remote Nepalese communities. Adults and children across Nepal to suffer needlessly from illnesses associated with poor hygiene and contaminated water facilities. Volunteers can venture out into villages and help construct toilets from scratch, dig holes for sanitation structures, build clean drinking water storage units, and assemble water tanks for rainwater collection.
Children living in impoverished areas are being denied access to quality education because their communities do not have schools, or if there are schools, these schools are uninhabitable. Volunteers can help perform critical school repairs or assist with the construction of brand new classrooms & much needed school facilities.
Level of Fitness & Special Skills
Although all levels of fitness are certainly welcome, we recommend that MyGapYear Adventurers be moderately fit for this project as your days are often filled with physical labour & considerable time spent up steep inclines & over uneven surfaces.
Another request we make is for you to notify MyGapYear of any special skills or trades that you may have in advance, including but not limited to plumbers, carpenters, irrigation specialists, electricians, etc. This will allow us organise your skill set to be put to good use directly where it is needed.