Located in southern Asia and couched between India and China, Nepal contains eight of the 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.
(16 day itinerary)
Day 1 (Friday, February 1): Depart from home.
Day 2 (Saturday, February 2): Travel day.
Day 3 (Sunday, February 3): Arrive in Kathmandu; welcome and general orientation; overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 4 (Monday, February 4): 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, February 5 –Friday February 8): 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, February 9 –Sunday, February 10): Free days; cultural activities or day trips.
Days 11-14 (Monday, February 11-Thursday, February 14): 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, February15): House dedication; farewell lunch; drive back to Kathmandu; free time and overnight there.
Day 16 (Saturday, February 16): Depart for home.
Note: There will be time for some cultural activities after certain work days to visit a school, orphanage, etc.
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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Team leaders: Ashley McCabe and Meg Lelli
Ashley and Meg met while on a Global Village trip in Kauai, Hawaii in 2010 and became fast friends. Their shared love of travel and working with Habitat has taken them collectively to Molokai, Guatemala, New Zealand, Mississippi and Thailand. Ashley lives in Upstate New York and works as an interior designer at an architectural firm specializing in commercial and educational environments. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors hiking, kayaking and taking photographs. Meg currently lives in Michigan and works as an event planner. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her two dogs. You can contact them by email at Kavre2013@hotmail.com