What does that mean?
It means we aren't just giving handouts. We are employing locals. We are teaching them to produce strong, sustainable building materials. Then, we are teaching them how to build earthquake-resistant homes. One day, when we have taught all we can and when the business can stand on its own, we will become an unnecessary part of the equation and our work in Takure will be done. But right now we're still getting our feet off the ground and we need a little help from our friends.
We employ 10 local Nepalis to produce Compressed Stabilized Earth Bricks alongside our volunteers.
The CSEBs are made manually from local soil, sand and a bit of cement for strength.
Because they are not kiln-fired, they don't contribute to the massive deforestation problem in Nepal.
One CSEB is large enough to replace four standard bricks.
With one press, we can produce 500 bricks per day.
our Nepali and volunteer team are working tirelessly to produce CSEBs.
After a year and a half of living in temporary shelters, the people of Takure are preparing to rebuild. The government has distributed the first wave of foreign aid support from large NGOs and there is more to come. As villagers begin rebuilding safe, strong homes, they will receive further installments from the government.
Three rebuilding options have been presented to the community. Each designed to fit the individual needs the families and the culture by Frederick Dolmans, head architect of GroundUp, a registered architectural consultancy that offers professional design expertise and sustainable solutions in locations around the world.
GroundUp is was also our partner in rebuild the Siddhartha Primary School in Bimirie out of CSEBs.