April 2016: News about the house in Taku, Nepal

Dear All,

Our last information message of January 2016 was all about how difficult it was to try to start building a house: We had no petrol, no transportation and earthquakes keep coming.
Now India has stopped the petrol strike but it is very difficult to catch up on the last 5/6 months.
Yet our Nepali fathers got things going:
Sandip has a friend who owns a hardware store, who is willing to sell bricks, cement, beams etc.
He also helped get a truck to transport the material as close as possible to the village.
From then on Min has organised people from the village, carrying the materials on small paths to the construction site.
We are therefore happy to announce the construction of our first house since the earthquake. Hopefully many more will follow.
Here are some photos of the progress up to end of March 2016.

Foundations of
the new house

Support pillars

Windows, Walls and doors

Setting up the roof

Finishing exterior facade
(end March 2016)

January 2016: Letter from Mette regarding the HCH Nepali Earthquake Relief

Dear All,

I would like to update you on the events in Nepal, since you haven't had information from me for some time.
As you all know, on April 25, 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8Mw hit Nepal, killing over 9,000 people and injuring over 23,000.
On Tuesday May 12, a second 7,4 Magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, triggernig landslides and further damage and destruction of buildings. This was followed by a large number of aftershocks, the monsoon, heavy rain and many mud-slides.

Our donation collection has been fantastic, you were all very generous. We cannot thank you enough.
We are directing our efforts to help Taku, hometown of Min and Sandip and their parents
The village lies about 3 hours bus ride plus 4 hours walking from Gorkha and 80% of it was destroyed.
The house in Taku of the brother of our guides
before the earthquake:
Their house in Taku
after the earthquake

People have been living in makeshift tents/houses and under any available shelter.
The roads connecting the villages are very dangerous, nearly impracticable.
The parents of our guides now live in this shelter

We plan to build permanent homes from the start, rather than improvising temporary shelter and then trying to improve them later. We have to bear in mind that Nepal is not a wealthy country, and its residents must rebuild with whatever materials are available to them

But Nepal is not at the end of its difficulties.
To compound the problem India is refusing to send petrol, gas, medication, provoking a critical shortage of life-saving medicines and fuel, because the Madhesi tribes on the Indian border do not agree with the new Nepal constitution.

The resulting black market prices for petrol and diesel, sell for up to five times their normal price. in addition electricity power is cut for nine hours every day adding to the worsening plight of residents.

In this situation price of transport would double the cost, therefore we have to wait and hope the situation will calm down. Nevertheless,we want the buildings to resist earthquakes, and so we propose a single-storey building, with metal poles to support the roof.
This is the type of house we would like to build (costs about 3000.-CHF):
The kind or house we would like to build

We would have loved to show you a finished home, but that will have to wait. We hope for your understanding of the difficulties we, and Nepal, presently face.

With our best wishes to you
The Happy Children's Home committee