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Rebuilding a School in Nepal using sustainable Earthbag technology

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In April of 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal. Over 25 buildings built with Earthbag technology survived the quake and it's aftershocks, with no structural damage... I have visited Nepal and Gorkha area after the earthquake to provide an emergency relief. During my trip in May I was staying in the village Ratamata (Tandrang) near Arugat. 90% of the houses in the village are completely destroyed. I have visited a school that hosts 600 children and used to have 15 classrooms. The school was turned into rubble after the earthquake. Now the children are studying in tents and makeshift shelters. We have decided to help the school. In order to get experience and train locals we have built a small model Earthbag house this summer for a widow and her 2 daughters in the same village where the school is. The locals absolutely love the new Earthbag house that looks just like a normal house, but has earthbags inside instead of typical rocks and mud. Now we would like to fund-raise money to rebuild the school in the same village. We already have a team of engineers and trained locals. Inexpensive and sustainable, Earthbag technology uses soil from local backyards, thus minimizing the consumption of valuable resources such as wood, cement, and the fuel needed to transport them. This significantly cuts the cost of the construction. Building with Earthbags costs roughly 60% less than traditional building methods. It employs local labor and requires only simple building tools and techniques. Now proven to be earthquake resistant, Earthbag buildings are also fire and flood resistant, and rodent-proof. In order for us to continue our work of rebuilding Nepal using sustainable Earthbag technology, we need your help and support. Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation or become a supporting partner, and click here to learn more about how you can get involved.

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