Another Earthbag School in Nepal Nears Completion

New school building under construction in Nepal using Earthbag technology.
New school building under construction in Nepal using Earthbag technology.

“The previous construction experience in Community Health Centre and Community Centre Buildings became a great source of learning for JVF-Nepal. It was from these construction experiences that the architect started exploring best-suited technology for the site location and opted for Earthbag Technology instead of the traditional construction method. Ar. Magar utilized his Australian stay in 2013 to learn the environment-friendly, fast construction and low-cost building technique, Earthbaag technology that seemed appropriate for the new school building in Jhumlawang.

It is a pride for JVF-Nepal to introduce and implement new building technique which is natural building type, and also best suited for the project site. The Earthbag technology was specifically suitable for the project due to following site conditions:
1. There is no stone-query close to the project site that would increase the cost of the project if carried from a long distance; however this technology does not involve mason work.
2. Soil excavation was required in the site thus the technology would use the on-site soil for construction in spite of stones.
3. This technology would complete the school building in lesser time than traditional technique that would minimize the cost of the project and also lessen the burden of the community contribution.
4. Since the community members would be engaged in the work, this technology is simple, flexible to modify and easy to learn which would easily involve any member in the construction work.
5. This technology is resistant to harsh climatic condition which would be able to resist the chilly weather of the village.

The new technology introduced in the community has fascinated and inspired the locals in construction technique. The same effect has reached the neighboring villages and even district authorities who are enthusiastic to visit the building and learn about the new technology. During the construction of the school building, Ar. Magar not only supervised the building construction but also trained the community people about the technical know-how and the benefits of the new technology.”

Building is almost completed: April, 2015

Jhumlawang Village Foundation

7 thoughts on “Another Earthbag School in Nepal Nears Completion”

  1. Dear friends
    namaste from saathii swanaam, kathmandu nepal.
    i am chairperson of a social orgnisation called marxian gurukul a ngo where we learn and teach dialectics.we also practice yoga and/or meditation.
    we are planning to build a few buildings office ,halls , dormitories on our land in kathmandu valley with natural building materials as far as possible. will you kindly suggest us where we get the required knowledge.
    with regards

    • Our websites provide almost everything you need for free. This blog and the links on the right hand side of the page will connect you to all of our resources. We have free step by step directions, free videos of every step, etc. Just keep searching our sites. Also I sell an ebook and DVD that summarizes everything and will save you time surfing websites.

      Then I suggest talking to one of the groups who have already built in Nepal. There are at least 4 projects so far in Nepal. For starters, I would contact the architect of this project:

  2. I appreciate construction method. of Ar. Magar utilized Fast construction and low-cost building technique, Earthbaag technology,

    Tauseef A Meer

  3. Attitude of Gratitude for your “Planet Warrior” way of lives. You are the the difference, that makes the difference.
    Continued blessings and success,
    John P Iniguez
    Oceanside, California

    • This one caught me completely by surprise. Never heard anything about it until it popped up in google last night. It’s very encouraging and heart warming to see earthbag spreading to those who really need it. This community now has a school that it otherwise could not have afforded. And now locals may start building houses this way.


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