Earthquake impact on CAN projects

for the most recent information Please see the report written in december 2016 following the trustees visit please click here - read report

Projects are listed A – Z by location.

Bahrabise: School for Deaf Children

It was so sad to see this school lost to the earthquake - where the buildings were not completely destroyed the concrete reinforcement was damaged and unstable . The miracle was that no child or member of staff was injured.

 So much effort had been put into making it “a palace for the poor” with its large light and airy rooms with parquet floors.  One room was devoted to IT with five computers purchased from the fund raising efforts of David Spear and his “Packet of Three” country and western group that gave all the money from their gigs across the south coast of England. They were also five laptops that had been donated by Wimbledon Primary School thanks to the initiative of Peter and Jane Thomson.

Not only do we want to get the school up and running for the benefit of the deaf children but also in tribute to and recognition of all its supporters who have contributed so generously in the past. Efforts will be concentrated on re-establishing the IT room since it was a wonderful medium for the deaf children to access the outside world and to learn the skills that help them find work on leaving school. Sadly, during the earthquake, all computer equipment was hurled from the desks and shelves and destroyed.

Bodhe: School

This secondary school is the furthest east of CAN's projects and is two-storey rebuilt 15 years ago which CAN has further supported with a science teacher and lab equipment. The school had been affected by earth tremors in the past but post the 2015 quakes the cracks had become more pronounced. 

Bushinga: clean water project

Ghunsa: School

The school was badly damaged and the 250 children were having lessons in temporary learning shelters; only one of the school buildings was easily repairable. Some of the other classrooms and the teachers’ hostel had already been taken down and materials prepared for recycling under CAN’s cash for work scheme. As everywhere else the rebuild has been delayed by the fuel crisis leading to a shortage of cement and other essential materials as well as skilled stonemasons and carpenters. At Ghunsa, and in all the surrounding villages, many houses had collapsed and have been condemned by the government.  A lot of the damage had occurred during the second shock on 12th May when the water table had been disrupted affecting the school and health post water supplies. Writing this update in February 2017 it is good to report that one of the damaged blocks has been repaired and reconstruction has started on a second. 

Ghunsa: Health Post

This is CAN’s “flagship” health post and it stood up well to the earthquake with only minor cracks appearing in the walls. The Nepal Project Group from Yorkshire did a good job patching up the walls with a strong cement mix and also in sanding down and painting all the woodwork with brown gloss paint. They also fixed all the gates and door hinges and latches. Former CAN overseer Govinda and local man Tej are to be congratulated upon the high standard of the building and, in particular, the carpentry and insulation.

Ghyamrang: School and Health Post

The Mahendrodaya Lower Secondary School at Ghyamrang escaped damage from the earthquake. Subsequently however a new road built by the community below the school caused a landslip which has been stabilised with gabions. Broken windows have been replaced. 

The health post provided health services to the community until 2013 when the government took over its running. In the main the building stood up well in the earthquake except that one of the gable ends collapsed. CAN agreed to support the refurbishment and to put thick internal wooden panelling on the gable end - solid wooden planks - from floor to roof - to safeguard against future shocks. 

Gokyo Lakes: Porter Rescue Shelter [4,890 metres]

The shelter stood up remarkably well to the earthquake although some of the bulging walls had to be repaired and earthquake resistant features installed. This shelter is becoming ever more important with the increase in the number of trekkers crossing Renjo La [5,260 metres].

Gorak Shep: Porter Rescue Shelter [5,140 metres]

The shelter was built by CAN in 2008 and is one of the highest situated buildings in Nepal - certainly one of the highest CAN has built. As at Gokyo the building stood up well to the earthquakes although, as with many buildings constructed of stone, the gable end collapsed. A temporary repair was in place very quickly, carried out by local lodge owners, and final works has now been completed. 

Karki Danda:  School sanitation

Update to come

Kutumsang:  School and Health Post

In the earthquake homes in the village were largely destroyed, with most inhabitants living in temporary shelters. Government grants to families and individuals to carry out repairs has allegedly been delayed by bureaucracy. 


The school is situated about 30 minutes walk from the health centre and was completely destroyed in the earthquake which was devastating for the children. However, as with all Nepalis they adapted very quickly to the relocation to temporary classrooms in Anderson shelters and CAN is grateful to report that a partnership between CAFOD, Trocaire and CAN is in place to rebuild the school. 

Health Post

This is badly damaged but possibly repairable as the foundations and roof are largely OK.
Two nurses are providing health care, including a birthing facility, from makeshift temporary timber and tin shelter and a tent. Equipment and medical supplies have been salvaged as much as possible.

Langtang and Mundu: Schools, Health Post and Income generation

Update to come

Lapcha: School

Update to come

Lihi Gaun: School and Health Post

Update to come

Machhermo: Porter Rescue Shelter

Update to come

Melamchigaun: School and Health Post

Murari Gautam visited Melamchigaun in February 2017 and sent images of the finished health post as well as pictures of the children watching a school performance in the school square.  Murari was also able to send a further image showing where the future kitchen garden would be situated. 

Images left to right:

1. New Health Post & Nurses Accommodation

2. Site of Health Post & Proposed Kitchen Garden

3. School children in the School Square watching a stage performance

4. Children performing on stage








Milarepa: School and Health Post

Update to come


North Gorkha: Health Posts at Bihi, Sama, Prok and Lho

Update to come


Puurano Duwar: School

Update to come

Riban: School sanitation

Update to come

Rohi Gaun: School

Update to come

Walung: School, Health Post and Community projects

Content to come

The Mahendrodaya Lower Secondary School at Ghyamrang escaped damage from the earthquake. Subsequently however a new road built by the community below the school caused a landslip which has been stabilised with gabions.