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. HFH 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.
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
Volunteers may work on new construction or renovation of homes. Construction materials depend upon locally available materials: bamboo, brick, stone, cement blocks, sun-burnt brick etc. The construction tasks will vary depending on the stage of construction.
Day 1 (typically Friday): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday): Travel day.
Day 3 (Subday ): Arrive in Kathmandu; welcome and general orientation; overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday): Breakfast at hotel; half-day free time and sightseeing; drive to Kavre; check into hotel; welcome with local host program staff.
Days 5-8 (Tuesday -Friday): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Days 9-10 (Saturday-Sunday): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11-14 (Monday-Thursday): Breakfast at the hotel; construction and safety orientation; work from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 15 (Friday): House dedication; farewell lunch; drive back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday): Depart for home.
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.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Ready to join? Need more information? Team leader Matt Liberatore will lead this team into the field. Matt can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Matt’s favorite Global Village memory: ”Imagine not seeing a body but only Indian red sand flying up and out of a 5-foot-deep hole, only to find out that it was your team member with the least prior building experience setting the tone and motivation for this build. The host family was beaming with joy just seeing what would become the foundation of their future home. The least experienced member can make the biggest difference.”
Matt Liberatore is a passionate school counselor thats lending hands are not confined to the school walls. Over the past eight years, he has lead Global Village builds across five continents visiting Guatemala, Chile, India, Hungary and Kenya. Nepal is going to be a trip that is life-changing.