Please, click here to support free trainings in Nepal: www.youcaring.com/earthbagnepal
All of us were heartbroken over the recent earthquakes in Nepal. After the initial shock at what had happened, my first thought was what can I do to help rebuild Nepal in the safest, most effective way? I believe the best solution is to train Nepali builders and other construction professionals in earthbag building techniques, and provide paying jobs through NGO partners.
Update: 150 people have already signed up for these workshops! We’ve off to a very good start. Our goal is 450.
After the general public learned about the 50-60 earthbag structures that survived the earthquakes, there has been overwhelming interest in building this way in Nepal. In cooperation with several NGO partners, I’ll be training builders in earthbag construction methods at sites near Kathmandu for two months. The emphasis will be on hands-on learning – “learning by doing” — because that’s how people learn best. Training will also incorporate brief video clips, short white board presentations with a translator, question and answer sessions, and a 70-page training manual with complete step-by-step directions. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to practice their skills and gain confidence at a nearby construction site building actual earthbag structures under the guidance of a professional earthbag supervisor.
With this plan, twenty builders can be trained during each two day workshop. That would be 60 builders trained per week or 240 per month. Training the builders and trainers is in my opinion the most effective way to spread earthbag building in Nepal. They will take what they’ve learned and immediately apply it to projects with paying jobs in their villages that are already being planned by NGO partners.
This fundraising event will cover the expenses of the trainings to allow Nepali builders/participants to learn this great technology for free in Nepal during September and October, 2015. Please support this project and share with friends so we can spread safe, earthquake resistant sustainable building to those in need in Nepal.
Youcaring link: http://www.youcaring.com/earthbagnepal
Total fundraising goal: $10,000
Video credit: Special thanks to Good Earth Nepal who donated their time and effort to make the video.
And special thanks to Vava, the coordinator in Nepal who’s putting a massive amount of work into this project for free to make it possible.