Nelson-based Nepalese Director Heads Home to Help

“The Nepalese director of a Nelson based charity is heading home to get rural children back to school after the devastating earthquakes.

First Steps Himalaya charity director Durga Aran will go back to Nepal tomorrow and stay in the district of Sindhupalchok where the charity supports 22 schools.

The charity has gone into run-down government schools in Nepalese villages to revamp them. It recently built its first teacher training centre made from earthbag building materials. It was reported to be the only building still standing in the district and it only had a crack in it.

Aran planned to camp out at the charity’s project headquarters in Sangachok where over 100 people died.

“I need to assess all our project schools and classrooms. I understand they have all either completely collapsed in the quakes or are severely damaged. We will be returning after monsoon in September to rebuild permanent earthquake resilient earth-bag schools.”

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2 thoughts on “Nelson-based Nepalese Director Heads Home to Help”

  1. Hey Mr. Owen, I started an earthbag project in Hartsville, SC. Nobody around here, that I now of, has done anythig with earthbags. I’m doccumenting the whole process at would love for you to take a look if you have the time and provide some feedback. Thanks for all you’re doing to educate the world on earthbag construction!


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