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Education for education 
During the training in carpentry and masonry in the scope of the “Help Nepal” project, masonry trainees constructed a two-level school building using earthquake safe practices and the carpentry trainees produced desks, benches, chairs, beds, cupboards, footrests, computer table, windows and door frames for the school building. In the process of the training they built a new school building that is already in use in the village of Aisselukhark. During the project the participants obtained knowledge on safe design and construction practices, training in earthquake awareness and learned about common mistakes in construction practices and quality control in construction. After the successful conclusion of the project participants received training certificates and their own tools at the closing ceremony. The »Help Nepal« project finished successfully before the foreseen conclusion date, due to the high motivation of the participants and willingness to put more hours a day into work. In the period between 4 February and 21 March the 12 participants (aged 17-46) finished the 390 fixed mandatory hours of theoretical and practical training. The training was evaluated by the participants and the trainers involved as successful and long lasting effects are expected. Students should now be able to enter the job market, start their work in their respective fields and help with the rebuilding of Nepal. The trainers will continue to be available for additional help and assistance. The 61. meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Alpine Conference took note of the report and concluded the project.
 
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Update on the Help Nepal project

The training of the 12 participants in our “Capacity training for Reconstruction in Nepal” is fully under way. To be part of the group they had to pass the written examination where they were asked among others:

  • How many inches are in 1 meter?
  • What types of woods are used for making furniture? Name any three.
  • Name the five instruments, which is useful for carpenter?
  • Which tool is needed to support the door and window of house to wall?
  • What do you understand by earthquake resilience?

In this phase the trainings are ongoing, including theoretical and practical parts. In the practical part, the participants learned how to collect proper sand for masonry, dig foundation and properly mix mason as well as how to layout a building construction site, install doors and windows and how to build earthquake resilient stone walls. The training will finish in a few days! 

 


First steps of the “capacity building project in Nepal” 
Since November 2015 activities to carry out the project were ongoing – apart from procedural and organizational activities a committee from the local community (composed of men and women of all ages) in Aiselukharka established selection criteria for trainees and started promoting the training positions through the local community as well as on local radio. Selection of the 12 trainees was finalized at the end of January and the trainings have already started.  An article about the start of the project was also published in The Kathmandu post, one of the major daily newspapers in Nepal.


Selected project in the Help Nepal initiative

Based on its “Call for Help Nepal” the Alpine Convention got contributions in the sum of 15.000 € that were granted to one project through a call for projects. Projects in the fields of education and training; local economic development (small businesses) and/or the field of healthcare; preferably done through a trustworthy local organization, were being looked for. The project “Capacity training for Reconstruction in Nepal” from “Öko Himal Gesellschaft für Zusammenarbeit Alpen – Himalaya (EcoHimal)” as the grand recipient was selected. After the official decision by the Permanent Committee meeting in Berchtesgaden the project started and will be carried out until April 2016.  
 
About the project:
The project foresees education and training of a group of 12 trainees from the village of Aisselukharka, in masonry and carpentry as well as in the (re-) construction of seismic resilient buildings. The training lasts for 3 months and consists of theoretical and practical part. With their knowledge the trainees will be able to support the reconstruction after the earthquake in the following years and wider post-disaster livelihood recovery. Furthermore they will contribute to the community building in their villages and help with the raising of awareness on earthquake issues.




Help Nepal!  
Call for help from one mountain region to the other! After the devastating earthquake Nepal urgently needs our help and assistance. “Please support the Nepali people in their time of need!” Minister Barbara Hendricks, president of the Alpine Convention, and Markus Reiterer, the Convention’s Secretary General, jointly call for support! Your donation matters!

Please check the webpages of Nepali Embassies in Paris (F) and Berlin (D) for additional information. A list of organizations active in the support efforts can also be found here. Nepal will need our support for years to come. Therefore we have started to work towards a longer-term contribution to that end. We will keep you posted.



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