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Dashain festival at Bhaktapur

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Dashain festival at Bhaktapur

Dashain festival here in Nepal is a wonderful celebration of families coming together - on the 10th day the elders give a Tikka/blessings to younger members in the family symbolising good health, abundance & renewal of family/community ties. I celebrated with our Bhaktapur Orphan Home family in Sipadol village where we are now back in our Home newly structurally repaired…

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Step by Step

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Step by Step

 We still have heaps of work to properly finish our home but the structural work is now complete - thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this!!! Dashain festival is upcoming and we are in our "home" for this important festival.

 It's not completed yet, but we could not wait to move back to our home anymore. Lots…

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ICT for Agriculture – Sibjan in Sweden for intensive Social Entrepreneur training

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ICT for Agriculture – Sibjan in Sweden for intensive Social Entrepreneur training

Sibjan Chaulagain's important work developing communication of weather, markets news, disease management and more for rural farmers in Nepal has been recognised by Sweden Social Entrepreneur Forum as they invited him to be one of only eight selected participants worldwide for an intensive training program to further develop healthy social impact business initiatives. We are super proud of Sibjan, who…

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Next eco-friendly, earthquake resilient buildings are in planning progress

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Next eco-friendly, earthquake resilient buildings are in planning progress

We are well on the way with our plans for 2 school rooms and 3 (different) houses, designed by Abari, that will be built in Sindhulpalchok with Team Nepal's overseeing while Abari team facilitate on the job training so that we continue to expand the knowledge of safe rebuilding in earthquake impact areas. In progress is bamboo planting in local…

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Our Repairs are progressing at our Bhaktapur Children Home. Oh and a wedding!

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Our Repairs are progressing at our Bhaktapur Children Home. Oh and a wedding!

After the devastating damage from the 2015 earthquake it is such a relief to see our buildings' repairs progressing. We are thankful that we still have the Domo tents as our temporary home as our buildings are essentially being rebuilt from the inside out. It looks quite possible we will be inside the buildings for Dashain festival in October, although…

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8 schoolrooms at Narayansthan village in Kavre are now in use!

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8 schoolrooms at Narayansthan village in Kavre are now in use!

After several months of building and training local villagers in various adjoining VDCs in earthquake resilient building techniques the school rooms are now truly being used for their end purpose – safe and secure rooms for education of children! A big thank you to Sathsathai Mundi foundation with whom we collaborated with and to Abari team who provided the majority…

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Dining room, kitchen and Bio-gas upgrades at our Annapurna Children Home

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Dining room, kitchen and Bio-gas upgrades at our Annapurna Children Home

With our expanding family (we now have 33 children & 5 live in mothers) our daily needs have been also expanding. The last several months we have created a covered dining room that adjoins the kitchen, enabling expansion of the kitchen facilities and we have added in a chimney so that we can use indoor fire cooking instead of outside.…

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Many helping hands!

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Many helping hands!

Our Children at Bhaktapur Children Home are now cosy & secure ready for the monsoon as our building continues to be repaired - thank you Paulo & your friends for the work helping to make that happen! 

I just love it when helping hands come together to make a difference - big thank you to Paulo & his friends…

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Earthquake resilient houses ­-yes it is possible

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Earthquake resilient houses ­-yes it is possible

The first example stone masonry earthquake resilient Home Building is almost completed (in Timal, Kavre), inspired by Abari and completed by local masons in the village. New examples are in planning to begin after monsoon in Sindhulpalchok District with TEAM Nepal & Abari. If we can give healthy resilient examples and trainings to show how safer buildings can be accomplished with local materials then perhaps it…

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Narayansthan School building almost completed!

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Narayansthan School building almost completed!

Although progress slowed as a consequence of heavy monsoon rains, the school buildings have almost been completed and will be ready for use very soon! There were some changes to the roof design dictated by Stichting Sathsathai Mundi, however in reality we have lovely new school buildings that will be safe, dry and cosy for the young student to study and develop within - for…

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