Earthquake impact on CAN projects
VARIOUS REPORTS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN INCLUDING AN UPDATE FOLLOWING A TRUSTEES VISIT IN DECEMBER 2016 WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED HERE - read report 2016.
A FURTHER UPDATE WAS PROVIDED IN A FOLLOW UP REPORT PREPARED IN DECEMBER 2017 AND WHICH CAN BE READ ONLINE - read report 2017.
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 this school “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.
Now, three years later the children have been able to move out of their temporary classrooms and accommodation and into the new buildings where they have settled in with their usual philosophical aplomb. A group of Trustees visiting in December commented how it was always a joyful experience to visit Bahrabise and to come away inspired by the children, Bhoj, the SMC and the teachers. Since the earthquake funding has been obtained to support a 'livelihood facilitator' who has helped with the development of a mushroom farm. Sanjeev initiated the project with funding support of Global Giving and it seems that this is an exemplary income generation scheme. Kitchen gardens are to be set up and there has been a request for a recreational building which is currently being costed and under consideration.
A further update will be posted as a result of the team visit currently taking place when Doug will be visiting Bahrabise on Saturday, 5 May 2018.
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. Doug and team visited Bohde on Saturday 21 April so, when he returns an update will be posted.
Bushinga: clean water project
Following the earthquake the 250 children were having lessons in temporary learning shelters as only one of the school buildings was easily repairable. Repairs to this block are now complete and most of the recommendations to rebuild and repair in a manner to provide earthquake resilience have been implemented especially the lining with 1" timber planks to the walls and ceilings. Not only is this a significant safety feature but it also provides improved insulation during the winter months. The rebuilding of the damaged school classroom block has been completed.
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.
Ghunsa: New Demonstration Home: Funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) supported this innovative project. CAN provided training and coaching to local masons and carpenters throughout the building period and the construction was overseen by CAN overseer Suman Thapa Magar and Tej Tamang who made regular visits, along with CAN lead engineer, Keshab Adhikari. The construction followed recommended guidelines of building seismic resilient buildings to Nepali government approved standards and CAN's Construction Ethos.
Lapcha: Lower Secondary School
The school did not suffer anything like the damage experienced by Ghunsa and all damaged walls were repaired and rebuilt with cement mortar and included through stones. In addition, all rooms have been lined internally with 1" thick timber planks to protect pupils from stone falling inward and also to improve the thermal quality of the building.
The new school block has been well built although additional work was needed to ensure the roof trusses were fitted correctly.
In spite of the whole school having had to manage for three years in temporary classrooms and accommodation Purna Gautam, Melamchi's charismatic headteacher and his staff had ensured that educational standards had not slipped and the school remained one of the best performing rural schools in the country.
Photo gallery of Melamchi:
L - R: New Health Post & Nurses Accommodation; Site of Health Post & Proposed Kitchen Garden; 3. School children in School Square watching a stage performance; Children on stage
Melamchi: Health Post
Although the earthquake had literally flattened the original building it had been rebuilt in record time incorporating all the 'build back better' features and was being used for patient care in late 2016 although only formally re-opened on the 28 April 2017. The health post continues to be in good condition and is well looked after. A small kitchen garden had been established which was proving to be a great success with talks of expansion - land availability permitting.
Milarepa: School and Health Post
Health post: The health post had been damaged by the earthquake but had been repaired satisfactorily; the main concern was the fissure across the hillside above the health post and the danger this posed. Relocation had been under consideration and land had been purchased; currently this was being used for cardamom cultivation as further discussions regarding the rebuilding took place. As the health post was now 15 years old it was going to require significant maintenance or reconstruction. An interesting point to mention is that Helvetas Swiss had provided members of the community with 50 days of construction training (masonry and carpentry) and everyone was now working together cooperatively to rebuild each other's houses.
School: The school was being rebuilt by Caritas.
North Gorkha: Health Posts at Bihi, Sama, Prok and Lho
For the most comprehensive and relatively current update click here to read the CAN/WYG report from December 2017.
Purano Duwar: School
Riban: School sanitation
Rohi Gaun: School
Walung: School, Health Post and Community projects
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.