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Kavre, Nepal

September 16, 2011 to September 26, 2011

Sustainable building. Beautiful setting. Helping families. Helping the earth. You will experience all this and more with this 11-day build in Nepal.

Our team will assist Habitat Nepal in their efforts to expand the production of sustainable bamboo homes throughout the country. Upon arriving, we will be welcomed and fed by our hosts, and will receive an orientation to Nepal. We will spend Monday through Friday building homes and will work in fun activities. Your team leaders, Krista and Sarah, are experienced Habitat staff who have led many GV trips and who will do their best to keep you laughing as you build.


At work on a bamboo-built house in Nepal.


About Nepal

Located in southern Asia and couched between India and China, Nepal contains eight of world’s 10 highest peaks — including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga — the world’s tallest and third-tallest, respectively.

Nepal is as ethnically diverse as its terrain. The Nepalese are descendants of three major migrations from India, Tibet and central Asia. Nepali is the official language, but more than 100 regional and indigenous languages are spoken throughout the country.

Religion is also diverse in Nepal. Nepal is roughly 81 percent Hindu, 11 percent Buddhist and 4.2 percent Muslim.

About Habitat for Humanity Nepal
Nearly 90 percent of Nepal’s 22 million people live in the rural plains and mountain areas, primarily as subsistence farmers. Forty-five percent of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line, with one infant in every 10 dying before the age of five.

A lack of employment and poverty has forced one in 10 of the rural population to migrate to the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities — resulting in a shortage of adequate housing in towns and cities, crowded living spaces and the growth of substandard housing.

Habitat for Humanity Nepal builds in every major geographic area of the country, providing an affordable and decent house using the resources available in each location. This may mean mud-and-brick, bamboo or “green” clay bricks. These houses replace the thatch, straw, mud and bamboo houses that are now just pieced together. Habitat Nepal also partners with other nonprofits to help teach families how to build homes, provide disaster-response help to communities affected by flooding and to provide clean water and proper sanitation to families in need.

About Kavre
We will be building in the Kavre district, located just north of Kathmandu in Nepal’s central region. At the foothills of the Himalayans, this area includes many of the country’s Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples. It also includes many small villages with families in need of better housing.

Types of construction for volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, Nepal has been a leader in promoting Bamboo housing technology. It is a sustainable form of housing that can last for a generation if treated and maintained properly. It is environmentally friendly, can grow anywhere and also protects against the harms of earthquakes. All these features make it very cost effective for families.

Bamboo housing has been a successful concept in eastern parts of Nepal such as Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Ilam. The Everest build in September 2011 created another new opportunity for bamboo housing in Pokhara. We have been trying to promote this technology in other parts of Nepal as well. The Green Build in September 2011 is our attempt to introduce and promote this technology in Kavrepalanchown, Dhulikhel.

Standard itinerary
Friday, Sept. 16:
Depart from the United States.
Saturday, Sept. 17:
Travel day.
Sunday, Sept. 18:
Arrive in Kathmandu; travel to Kavre; orientation; dinner.
Monday- Friday, Sept. 19-23:
Build days from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; cultural interaction.
Saturday , Sept. 24:
House dedication, R&R.
Sunday, Sept. 25:
R&R; travel to Kathmandu.
Monday, Sept. 26:
Departure to home country.

Lodging will be provided in a local hotel with participants sharing double-occupancy rooms and shared bath. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, as well. Lunch, snacks and bottled water will be taken on the worksite. Dinner will be eaten either at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Trip cost
For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village trip cost.

Team leaders
Krista Padgett and Sarah Brachle are both long-time Habitat-ers who met as Habitat AmeriCorps construction volunteers in Americus, Georgia.

Since then, Krista has worked in various capacities with Habitat for Humanity International, currently in the Learning and Organizational Development department as a trainer and project manager. She is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Krista is an avid rock climber and plays a mean game of table shuffleboard.

Sarah has also worked for Habitat for Humanity for many years, and is now the executive director of DuPage Habitat. She lives outside Chicago. Sarah likes running and spending time with her dog, Cornbread.

If you are interested in joining this trip, email Krista and Sarah at They are excited about building a diverse and enthusiastic GV team and look forward to hearing from you!

To apply for a GV trip, please follow the Application Instructions.

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