CAN are very honoured to be associated with WYG who have won the International Charity Project Award at this year's British Expertise International [BEI] Annual Awards ceremony.
Soon after the 2015 earthquake CAN was contacted by Peter O'Kane when he asked how BEI could help. As well as committing funding to support CAN's reconstruction efforts, Peter and Tracey Smith, BEI's Chief Executive, gave CAN a wonderful opportunity at a meeting of leading construction companies at the House of Lords in June 2015. Our Patron, Sir Chris Bonington gave an assessment of the impact of the earthquakes on CAN's projects, all of which were damaged and half destroyed.
As a result of this event CAN established an excellent relationship with WYG which has greatly helped us to put into practice the principles of "Building Back Better". Over 30 projects have now been repaired or rebuilt incorporating earthquake resistant methodology. We are proud of our reconstruction efforts but this would not have been possible without the support of WYG and the facilitation of BEI.
The principles of "Building Back Better" can best be explained in a comprehensive paper produced by WYG, Final Construction Ethos. The report can be read by clicking here.
CAN would like to thank WYG's Directors and Andrew Fotherby for the company's 100% commitment in support of the mountain people of Nepal. WYG have provided generous "in kind" support enabling us to benefit from Glyn Utting's prodigious project management and structural engineering skills, the expertise of Cara Buchan [an architect with seismological expertise] as well as Will Pearson and Simon Eden, both well-qualified geologists. The WYG team waded through monsoon rivers, coped with blood sucking leeches and faced extreme cold whilst working in partnership with our Nepalese colleagues.
We would also like to thank two other members of our team who represented CAN at the BEI awards. Ex-BBC journalist Mike Wooldridge and his wife Ruth visited Nepal on the first anniversary of the earthquake and produced a moving video, "The Day the Mountains Shook" highlighting the work of recovery and hope in the remote communities CAN supports. The short video can be viewed by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.
CAN would like to reiterate our grateful thanks to Peter O'Kane and Tracey Smith, to other BEI members and to WYG for their continuing support.
Images from the awards ceremony are posted below.
Operations Director, CAN UK