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New Year – New buildings!

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New Year – New buildings!

Happy New year to all our Nepali friends ... we sincerely wish & hope 2073 will be a MUCH better year than the past year with its earthquakes, border blockade, politics etc!! We spent this day very much enjoying a NEW view ... of building earthquake safely at our project with Sathsathai Mundi (Ben & Tanja) in Narayansthan, Timal, Kavre…

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Wonderful day visiting our children at Bhaktapur Orphan Home

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Wonderful day visiting our children at Bhaktapur Orphan Home

Wonderful day visiting our children at Bhaktapur Orphan Home Bhaktapur - some of children still have one more day of exams & then school holidays begin for 15 days - so tomorrow we will be planning some celebratory outings that includes fun & new experiences! The repairs to our Homes are going really well - still quite some work to…

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Our next Microcredit outreach has begun!

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Our next Microcredit outreach has begun!

Our approach with microcredit is to reach people who are truly the marginalised poor, primarily women. We combine microcredit with a variety of skills trainings to step by step empower participants to both understand their own capacity and implement businesses that can truly sustain them into the future. We aim to educate the women in financial literacy so that they…

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Our sustainable Rebuilding initiatives with Abari

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Our sustainable Rebuilding initiatives with Abari

Some great news on February 14th the Nepal government has approved the ABARI school design – using compressed earth bricks and bamboo as their main building materials. This is a huge step forward in our promotion of rebuilding in Nepal using local materials! The Abari team spent many hours in both the design, engineering specifications as well the numerous government…

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The repairs are steadily continuing at our Bhaktapur Children Home

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The repairs are steadily continuing at our Bhaktapur Children Home

The work is progressing steadily with the engineered repairs for our Home damaged in the 2015 Earthquake. Firstly the foundations have been dug out deeply and refitted with additional supports. We were praying while the foundation was exposed that there would be no major after shock as this was a very vulnerable time of the repairs. Thankfully that part has…

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Repairs have started on our Bhaktapaur Children Home in Sipadol village

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Repairs have started on our Bhaktapaur Children Home in Sipadol village

The reconstruction work has now begun on our Bhaktapur Self-Sustaining Orphan Children Home in Sipadol village that was very badly damaged in the earthquake. First they breakdown the damaged sections and dig right down into the foundations to essentially rebuild our structure from the bottom up. Our engineer uses new technology to evaluate and simulate potential future earthquakes on our…

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Sustainable rebuilding options in Nepal

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Sustainable rebuilding options in Nepal

Since before the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal I have been passionately researching & exploring practical, sustainable rebuilding options in Nepal that can be earthquake resilient and easy to build by local villagers as well being affordable lovely homes. I met Nripal Adhikaryalmost four years ago & have followed his developments of his company/training centre ABARI and now I partnering…

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Empowering local people & communities

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Empowering local people & communities

Imagine for a moment your house has crumbled around you & your family, as has almost every other house in your community, due to a powerful earthquake - now some months later the options for rebuilding are A) rebuild the same unsafe way; B) build according to *safe* methods involving resources not available in your community & if you can…

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Our Student Hostel is now really being lived in!

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Our Student Hostel is now really being lived in!

I am super happy to see the students in Talamarang village enjoying the comforts of the Hostel that TEAM Nepal ( Neel & Bikash) have worked hard to help create. Thank you also to morethanshelters for their wonderful Domo tents that will serve as 'Home' for the months ahead. Supporting education to continue and safety of children is of primary importance to…

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Setting up student housing hostel in conjuction with TEAM Nepal and Talamarang upper secondary school

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Setting up student housing hostel in conjuction with TEAM Nepal and Talamarang upper secondary school

During the earthquake many of the schools in the Sindhulpalchok district were completely destroyed, at some of the schools even the land upon which the buildings had been is split/damaged and may not be able to be built upon again. Schools that have safe ground HandswithHands has helped where we can to build temporary structures to ensure classes can resume.…

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