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Brick by brick building a school house

Volunteering in october 2015

Some weeks after the earthquake in Nepal we decided to go for volunteering to give time and energy for helping people there. With Himalayan Glacier Trekking we found a very good and reliable partner for this venture. They organized the whole setting so that we could be focused on our work and on our contact to the people.

Our work area was a school construction site in Ashrang 5, which is near Gorkha and was the epicentre of the earthquake.

On site we daily made beton bricks, humped stones, riddled sand and helped the five Nepali men oft he builder team as good as possible. Since two years they build this new Secondary School brick by brick.

Earthquake proof designed by New Zealand engineer Jarle Raimon defied the building in the spring of the quake , while most houses suffered heavy damage and almost all schools in the Ashrang- part locations are no longer usable . We were amazed every day how the builders worked without machine and mix with immense physical strength , skill and improvisation concrete , pulled up walls , trees felled , sawn into beams or poured window and inserting . We quickly learned to adjust our pace of work in the heat , while interested schoolchildren watched our actions and asked us in English bombard .


We were accommodated in a wonderful family and were able to learn in addition to working a lot about the country and culture .

We enjoyed the warmth and kindness of the people in the village who opened their homes and hearts to us and touched us deeply.

Florian Kron and Edeltraud Vollmer,
CH- Hersberg

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