The Raise The Roof project has spanned over two years. With the support of generous donors and supporters, Operation Hope Foundation (OHF) has built 115 rice bag (earthbag) houses. Moving forward, OHF will focus on training villagers on the earthbag building method as the Nepal Government has approved the design of the house, and affected villagers will be granted 300,000 rupees (S$4,000) to rebuild their own houses.

Operation Hope Foundation, Singapore


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115 Operation Hope Foundation Earthbag Houses — 6 Comments

    • Same thing. They used recycled rice bags and filled them with soil. I know, it’s confusing. People keep using all sorts of different terms.

  1. This is confusing. Is it a house made of bags filled with earth or bags filled with rice husks? They are not the same! An earthbag house in my experience (I have one of these too) would not be as good as a ricebag house as it would be very damp in the monsoon in Nepal, as it is in this country. Damp is not a factor in ricebag houses which keep the air inside nice and dry.

    • They used recycled rice bags and filled them with soil. I know, it’s confusing. People keep using all sorts of different terms.

      No problem with dampness in earthbags in Nepal. There’s maybe 1,000 earthbag houses now in Nepal without problems. With government approval and the growing number of NGOs involved, we hope to see major NGOs get involved soon. Where are they??? This is what the people want. It’s government approved. Proven safe. It’s simple, low cost and effective. Where are the big NGOs that get billions?

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