Building with CSEB
It has been two years since the ground shook and hundred of thousands of families in Nepal lost their homes. Now the dream of rebuilding is finally coming into fruition. The government recently began distributing foreign aid funds for reconstruction, which will be allocated overtime to insure earthquake resistant construction.
The process of rebuilding is slow but one we are committed to. We are excited to share that this year five families chose to build with sustainable, locally-made CSEB.
The Siddhartha Primary School
Completed July 2016
Our volunteer team worked alongside local skilled masons to rebuild the Siddhartha Primary School using CSEBs produced in Takure. Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEBs) are load-bearing. However, the existing steel structure survived the earthquake, but the stone walls, which were built around the steel, were badly damaged. Our team demolished the remainders of the previous walls, built extensive retaining walls around the site, and prepared foundations for the new CSEB walls. We built three units which provided six classrooms, an office, and three latrines. The school, reinforced with rebar, now provides a safe learning space for approximately 60 students and was our first demonstration of alternative building techniques.
Many thanks to architect Fred Dolmans, of GroundUp, a registered architectural consultancy that offers professional design expertise and sustainable solutions in locations around the world.
Everest House Children's Home
The 2015 earthquake in Nepal left hundreds of thousands of families without homes, and powerfully transformed the lives of millions of people across the country – none more affected than the children who overnight lost their families and their communities. In the months following the earthquake, eighteen of these children were brought to Mother Sister Nepal (MSN), a non-profit located in Nawalpur, the largest town near Takure. For the last 2 years, the children have lived in a temporary space on rented land about 1 hour walk from the Conscious Impact camp in Barigaon VDC.
Now, it is time for a new home. CI has been deeply involved in the design, engineering and resource management for the project. Our wonderful architect Frederick Dolmans of GroundUP with the support of architects Satwika Taduri and Oliver Atwood designed a beautiful building to meet all of the needs of the children’s home. With 8 rooms, a library, 3 toilets and a kitchen/dining hall, the orphanage will be ready to house as many as 30 children by July 2017. The project construction was managed by Conscious Impact engineer Mariana Jimenez, architect Laura Villasante, and a team of masons from western Nepal.
Our hope is that this new orphanage will be a home to children in need for years to come, and will also represent one of the most beautiful and earthquake-safe structures in the region.
Youth & Community Center
Completed June 2017