Earthbag Building Spreads in Nepal

We have been following the building of a school in Nepal with earthbags and just got the following note from one of the organizers of that project:

I just wanted to thank you for all your efforts and work in documenting and promoting earthbag construction.  I am working with an organization in rural Nepal to build schools in areas where timber is scarce and skilled labor is limited and we have started building with earthbag construction. Your websites, reports, video’s, etc. have been an invaluable resource and I think I am safe to say there is no way we would be where we are today without your resources.

Not only are we just building schools but more importantly we are training the local NGO (non-profit organization) to build with earthbags, who will in turn educate all of the local villagers of an alternative building method to the traditional stone and mud.  The areas we are working are only accessible by foot (8 hour hike from the nearest air strip) and all materials not found in the natural surroundings have to be hiked in by porter or mule.  Due to this restriction building technology in general has not advanced and villagers are still building the same un-reinforced stone and mud structures they did centuries ago, even though they are in the highest of earthquake zones.

Anyway I just wanted to say thank you again and let you know of the impact and reach of your work.
Travis Hughbanks

A previous blog post about this project explains more about this project.

3 thoughts on “Earthbag Building Spreads in Nepal”

  1. They’re building three schools that they hope to finish by mid-2012. Way to go guys! Looks to me like you’re doing an excellent job. Keep us posted.

    Note the bamboo scaffolding in the first photo.


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