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Project Background

This project follows on from one previously funded, which is currently being undertaken by the AHF.

Since the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in April & May 2015, the Australian Himalayan Foundation has focused their efforts on rebuilding schools in the impoverished lower Solukhumbu region. AHF has been providing essential health and education services in the area for over ten years.

Out of the 281 schools in the Solukhumbu area, 213 were badly damaged and 48 require rebuilding after the classrooms were completely destroyed by the earthquakes.

While the immediate emergency situation following the quakes is over, the project is now working to implement a major rebuilding program in the area to restore infrastructure based on the principle of ‘building Nepal back better’.

The AHF is working in collaboration with Australian structural engineers, Nepali engineers and the Ministry of Education in Nepal to build low cost, earthquake resilient school buildings.

Project Objectives

  • Repair and rebuild 23 schools in the Solukhumbu area using innovative earthquake-resistant designs
  • Plan for a sustainable future by providing vocational training to local communities in trades such as masonry, plumbing and electrical works so they can assist in rebuilding these communities
  • Ensure children are able to keep attending school and receive a quality education in spite of the disaster that has devastated whole villages in this area
  • Create safe learning spaces in cooperation with our local NGO in Nepal with whom AHF has been working for the last 12 years.

Community Involvement

The AHF is working with local partners to plan and implement the rebuilding of schools in the lower Solukhumbu region; employing local builders, engineers and designers. As each school is completed the AHF will train locals in practical construction skills. This will provide much needed employment for the local people and ensure that the community can take ownership of the rebuild and maintenance process. The program is being run in partnership with the local District Education Office. 

About the Australian Himalayan Foundation

Formed in 2003, the Australian Himalayan Foundation has delivered sustainable health, education and conservation programs across the Himalaya. These projects focus on the poorest, most under-resourced areas of the region. Thousands of tourists visit the Himalaya area to trek the worlds highest peaks and experience some its most hospitable cultures. The AHF provides the opportunity for these travellers, among others, to give back to the communities in the area who desperately need it.

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