Bahungaun Village, Katunje (7 VDC) Dhading
The region of Dhading in Nepal was one of the worst hit in the April 25th 2015 earthquake. Every single house was either destroyed completely or partially collapsed. The most typical damage of partially collapsed houses was the collapse of upper levels while the lower floor/s remained intact. These houses have been partially repaired using recycled materials to be used for storing grain and the housing of animals. The people of the village were able to build temporary shelters made of tin and recycled materials for temporary housing.
It is our intention to provide every family a new house.
The size will depend on the size of the family. Where possible houses will be built in a dual-occupancy style on the boundary with neighbours. Houses will be built to earthquake proof design and consist of lower and upper levels, built of local stones recycled from existing housing with the addition of cement for strength. Roofs will be of tin with gutters and rainwater tanks installed to service bathroom and kitchen wet area.
We are in the process of working with engineers on a design set that can be used for all of the houses depending on family size. Typically consisting of 3 rooms downstairs (living and grain storage) and 3 upstairs (bedrooms and storage) with a small attached kitchen/bathroom wet area. This will accommodate an average family with children or extended family. A smaller 2+2 option for single families will also be available.
Local experienced builders are available in the district. The plan is to have our engineers work to train the local builders so we can reduce cost, ensure consistent buildings and provide employment in the local area. Our builders can then train local villagers to help with the construction process.
There will be an expectation that every family receiving assistance will provide help with labour as much as possible. If families wish to contribute funds to upgrade the houses then that is acceptable.
Materials will be sourced as much as possible by donation and working with local NGO groups. Houses will be build in groups (4 at a time) to keep building as efficient as possible and reduce cost.
We will be blogging every step of this process.
Our goal is to build houses for 58 families in this village, if the project is successful then we will be extending the project to surrounding villages.
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