Ten Brinke Foundation - Current projects23.09.2016

Reconstruction project in Nepal


The rehabilitation and training project in Timal (Nepal) is completed after 13 intensive years.


Sixteen months after the first earthquake in Nepal (April 21, 2015) and ten months after the start of the project 37 masons and carpenters from Timal have learned how to build “earthquake resistant” with the use of local materials. Under the guidance of experts they have learned to build an earthquake resistant model-school and a model house. Meanwhile the school has been transferred now, so more than 400 students are able to go safe to school again.


In addition, 6 woman have learned how to make self-pressed bricks from local clay.


In the 16 months of project, there were several downturns like the political conflicts between Nepal en India. It was hard to receive building materials, fuel and realize transportation. After building the constructions of 4 buildings and 8 classrooms - including plastering, gutters and electricity – they were completely finished in July.



The project ‘growing herbs’ was completed in 2012, but is restarted with 50 woman from Timal who learn how to let grow herbs and spices, and how to process and sell them. They learn how to focus on products with a higher market value, low transport costs and maximize operations in the geographical region of Timal itself. The l3 years during project, will be for the remaining 2 years transferred to Herb Nepal from December 2016.

We are grateful and happy to had the opportunity for meaning something for the Foundation Sathsathai Mundi and it’s effective and intensive work all these years.


The History from this project


The devastation is so large, because the houses were built from traditional materials with natural stones and some clay, especially in the mountains. The earthquake has shown that these houses have the absence of missing links between the walls and the roof structure not kept the quake. Because there is a fear that Nepal will also suffer in the future under earthquake, the Foundation Sathsathai Mundi has a reconstruction program developed to show the population in the mountain area Timal to show with about 35,000 inhabitants how they can build their houses earthquake resistant again. The project was continued in cooperation with the Nepalese architectural firm designed by Abari (www.abari.org). Special feature of this architectural firm is that it has developed methods to build as much as possible with locally available materials (85%). That's also the only way to build affordable houses. Core of the construction method is to erected foundations, the walls were reinforced with horizontal bands of steel and the roof as a sort of cover will be anchored to the walls.
During the project, 40 local carpenters and bricklayers are trained to build the basis of a sample project quakeproof, namely a school with two classrooms - it depends on the further financing - also 1-3 model houses (learning-on-the-job). Because it should be model homes for the residents, they will use different materials. In addition to natural stones and locally produced claybricks and bricks, as well as bamboo and the locally available wood to be checked for its quality and applicability to use this instead of bamboo, because bamboo is not sufficiently available presently.

It’s new for Nepal to set up and launch is a joint workshop where machines can be collective be shared, such as a saw, slicer and drills. A facility to accelerate the construction process.
The Ten Brinke Foundation supports this project, which is expected to begin in March next year and has the following objectives:

- Training of 40 carpenters and bricklayers, who are then able to build earthquake-resistant houses and engage to share their knowledge and experiences (train de trainer)
Constitute and sell starting a small business by 6 women, which manufacture and sell the bricks
- A model school with 8 classrooms
- Creation of 1 or more model homes
- Establishment of well-resourced workshops where roof structures, windows and doors are made

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