Our Lead Engineer Discusses Homeowners' Needs
“All this destruction is due to the fact that houses were made out of mud, actual mud, that you can breakdown with your own hands. To help Nepali homeowners rebuild their homes Build Change is introducing earthquake resistant construction methodologies using cement…”
-Noll Tufani, Country Director
Led by Nepalis, Driven by Local Culture
Build Change has grown a structural engineering team who has vast experience and knowledge of building types and techniques in Nepal. Our safe design guidelines for cement and stone, cement and brick, as well as, cement and hollow block housing construction are under review by the Government of Nepal. The guidelines will empower Nepali homeowners and masons to build back safer.
Building Local Capacity
To make sure that an adequate supply of skilled builders is available in rural areas Build Change created a training team. To date we have trained 182 local builders in earthquake resistant construction techniques. Build Change subscribes to a competency-based training program, where local builders are identified, their skill sets are measured, and they receive both practical and on-the-job training to increase their understanding of and capacity to build earthquake resistant houses.
Supporting the Government of Nepal
Build Change supports the Government of Nepal by active participation on technical advisory committees and by manning the technical information desk of the 1st enrollment center in Kavrepalanchok District. So far, we have reached over 500 homeowners with technical advice and promotion of safe construction. Once reconstruction subsidy disbursement begins, homeowners will have access to the technical resources required to build a safe house through the enrollment center and Build Change’s technical resources.
Putting Children’s Safety First
Build Change has received government authorization to begin retrofitting a school in Sindhupalchok District. Once completed, over 160 children, aged five to thirteen will be able to attend classes in an earthquake safe building instead of the inadequate shelter of temporary learning spaces.
Building Awareness through Posters and Street Theatre
Everyone can build a disaster-resistant house. The first step is to believe it can be done. We have reached over 4,000 community residents with Build Back Safe messages through Community Theatre, including 1,384 women, 1,597 children, and 1,064 men.
Salvaging Materials and Reducing Costs
Some materials from collapsed buildings can be reused, reducing costs and impacts on the environment. See our Flyer on safe demolition and materials reuse, which has been distributed to over 32,000 homeowners in highly affected areas.
The Way Forward
The destruction of the April 25th and May 5th 2015 earthquakes in Nepal was massive and, sadly, avoidable.
Almost 9,000 people lost their lives and tens of thousands were injured.
Over 500,000 houses were destroyed and another 250,000 badly damaged.
Over 6,000 schools were destroyed or damaged leaving 1.4 million affected.
Nearly three million people were displaced.
Thanks to your generous support, Build Change had boots on the ground days after the first earthquake, and has built a permanent program in Nepal with over 30 team members. Our goal is to continue to provide technical assistance to earthquake affected families and change Nepali construction practices permanently.
One year later, while much has been accomplished, so much more needs to be done. Build Change promotes homeowner-driven reconstruction and the Government of Nepal has put such a system into place; we believe reconstruction is on the right track. We need your continued support to:
- Provide technical assistance to over 700,000 Nepali families who are about to start rebuilding or retrofitting their homes,
- Train the hundreds of builders needed for safe reconstruction,
- Identify and reconstruct or retrofit schools,
- Continue Build Back Safe awareness activities,
- Support the Government of Nepal’s long term institutional capacity to prevent and respond to natural disasters.
Nepal will remain a seismically active country. Natural hazards are not preventable – natural disasters are. Help us empower Nepal to build back safer and safe lives.
Mason Trainer Demostrating Wall Construction
Homeowners Receiving 1 on 1 Technical Advice
Children Enjoying a Build Back Better Production