Current living conditions at Nurbuling village

The pictures below show the current living conditions and temporary shelters at the Nurbuling village. Villagers are using materials from the collapsed houses to build their temporary homes. These pictures were taken on May 5, 2015 by Chiring.
Monsoon season has arrived. We are uncertain how the monsoon will affect their food storage, shelters, health, and living condition.

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Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school

Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school on May 26, 2015. Chiring Lama, our local champion, was able to safely deliver $1000 worth of food relief, including rice, beans, lentils, oil, salt, and sugar. Classes successfully started on June 1. These photos were sent with the functioning wifi signal at school! The recovery process is in progress.

Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school on May 26, 2015.

Our food supplies arrived to Nurbuling school on May 26, 2015.

Update on Nurbuling School May 10

Through our local champion Chiring Lama, NEIO engaged Sameer Bajarcharya, our new engineer friend, to perform the building assessments for Nurbuling school and to draft the recovery plan. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Sameer Bajarcharya for accepting this important role.

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In the office building, the earthing electrical wire fell off but the earthing is still intact.

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The office building corner cracked.

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In the NEIO building to the right, the outer wall needs repair. The inner wall was not damaged. Wayne and Chiring agreed no one will use this building until it is fixed.

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya discussed about the foundation and building structure.

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya discussed the reparations needed.

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Chiring explained to Sameer Bajracharya how the new building was built (load bearing).

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Chiring discussed with Sameer Bajracharya the possibility to build a teacher quarter for 8 teachers in this open space.

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya looking at the government building (2 classrooms).

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Chiring and Sameer Bajracharya discussed the construction design.

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Chiring is working with NEIO’s on a future project to build a seating terrace in front of the basketball court, which will also function as an outdoor picnic and study area.

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Measurement of the terrace.

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Measurement of the terrace.

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Measurement of the terrace.

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Crack in front of the government building that did not affect the building structure, as assessed by Sameer.

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Half classroom and half living space.

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The new Nurbuling building (8 classrooms).

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Additional cracks in the old hostel building.

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Cracks within the old hostel building.

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More photos of the old hostel building.

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Sameer Bajracharya assessing the damage of the old hostel building.

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Chiring showing the earthquake damage in the old hostel building. No one is allow to be inside.

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Gentleman in the suite is the assistant principal, Sameer Bajracharya and Chiring.

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The kitchen collapsed.

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Kitchen water tank is still standing and working.

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The buffalo shelter collapsed.

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NEIO Biogas and septic tank still working. There is no leak or crack.

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Locals set up the temporary kitchen next to the damaged hostel building. After Chiring, Wayne and Sameer’s discussion, all parties agreed to move this temporary kitchen to a safer location.

Update on Nurbuling Village

Sharing pictures that were taken in Nurbuling and Shyugenche village on 5/10/15. Chiring Lama (our local champion) and Sameer Bajracharya (engineer) went to Nurbuling and assessed the Nurbuling school and got back some pictures for us. The description of the pictures are in the order they appear. 1. Shyugenche village, close to Nurbuling School. The house by the left building was where Nurbuling principal passed away. 2 and 3. Shyugenche village (closer view). 4. Chiring’s mom’s house that was all destroyed except for the sole toilet standing. 5. This is the tent where Chiring’s mom now is staying with 15 or so other people till things stabilize again.

Shyugenche village, close to Nurbuling School. The house by the left building was where Nurbuling principal passed away.

Shyugenche village, close to Nurbuling School. The house by the left building was where Nurbuling principal passed away.

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Shyugenche village (closer view).

Our own local team, Chiring's mom house that was all destroyed except for the sole toilet standing.

Our own local team, Chiring’s mom house that was all destroyed except for the sole toilet standing.

This is the tent where our own local team, Chiring, mom now is staying with 15 or so other people till things stabilize again.

This is the tent where our own local team, Chiring, mom now is staying with 15 or so other people till things stabilize again.

 

Update from Nakote school and community

We have not heard directly from Nakote school. Community members in the vicinity have said that all the roadways are blocked, and there have been conflicting reports on the extent of damage to the school buildings. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nakote community.

We would like to thank our engineer, Arna Raj Silwal, who helped us bring forth the school engineering concepts to the Helambu region. We thank the dedication and hard work of Arna, his staff, Jimmy (our local champion) and the Nakote people. If anyone has updates regarding Nakote school, please inform us.

See more on Nakote school projects on our blog and below are some highlight projects links. All pictures were taken in 2008 and 2010.

Nakote school 2010Nakote school 2010Dec 2010Arna Raj Silwal sharing the new construction design with Nakote villagers.

School completed: http://www.neio.org/…/06/13/nakote-school-project-completed/
Hygienic toilets: http://www.neio.org/…/06/11/hygienic-toilets-for-the-school/
Water tank and running water: http://www.neio.org/…/06/11/water-tank-and-running-water-t…/
Library project: http://www.neio.org/blog/2010/04/16/library-project/
Hygienic training: http://www.neio.org/…/every-student-has-1-toothbrush-and-1…/
School 1st floor: http://www.neio.org/blog/2009/03/31/the-new-school-building/

Updates from Sermathang (Yangrima School)

Thankfully, the students are uninjured. The school buildings have been completely destroyed. The focus now is on providing sufficient food, clothing, and shelter. Tashi, our close friend and school director, is doing much of the food coordinating, and is currently directing the efforts to provide 30 kg of rice to every villager in surrounding villages.

Tashi and his physician brother have helped with medical care and helicopter transportation for 10 people so far, especially in a nearby village that saw more than 200 people die and 300 injured and under treatment. This village has been isolated as roadways have been completely blocked ground transportation.
Tashi is now planning to build a temporary place to continue educating the Yangrima School students.

Update on Singhadevi school and community

Our contact, Shrestha, at the Singhadevi school has informed that the school building was damaged during the earthquake, his house as well as 151 other houses in the community have collapsed, and that food is in shortage. We were told that no relief items have been distributed to the village except for a small tarp for shelter they received from another organization.

NEIO has provided $2500 to the Singhadevi community for the purchase and transportation of food due to the shortage. This amount is enough to purchase 1 bag of rice,1 liters of oil and 2 kg of salt for each of the 151 households which will last them roughly 40 days.

Update on Nurbuling School

The following pictures were taken on 4/28/15 (Nepal time). The kitchen has collapsed, but the rest of the school remains standing with no visible structural damage. For that, we would like to thank the engineer, Arna Raj Silwal, who helped us with the construction of the Nakote and Nurbuling schools. Without the help and dedication from him, his staff, Chiring (our local champion) and local villagers, the schools would have been destroyed or severely damaged. Read more @
http://www.neio.org/blog/2011/…/19/nurbuling-school-project/
http://www.neio.org/…/19/sanitation-and-biogas-project-upd…/

On May 5th, we sent $1000 to our local staff member, Chiring Lama, to purchase food and $150 to rent a truck to deliver the food to Nurbuling school. The food will be distributed to the 4 teachers and 40 children who currently live at the school. However, we expect our other teachers and students to arrive soon, increasing the food needs. Students living with families in the community have improvised huts from wood and CGI sheets collected from the destroyed houses.

We are committed to providing food to the students at Nurbuling school for at least the following 3 months. Food will be delivered at the beginning of every month.

Chiring has also been meeting with engineers to assess the damages to the school building and plan for necessary repairs and reconstruction.

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Sermathang and Yangrima School Update

The following pictures show the Sermathang area which is on the other side of Helambu. The Yangrima School,almost like a sister school to the NEIO schools in Nurbuling and Nakote, has been completely destroyed. We are continuing to get news from the NEIO schools as well as neighboring areas to see how we can best help. Please continue to donate to www.neio.org.

 

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Map showing earthquake effects on NEIO schools

The map below shows the schools NEIO has a working relationship with, and their closeness to the epicenter of the earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th. Although on the outer rind, Nurbuling was very close to the aftermath area and suffered great damage. We continue to collect funds to show our support for the survivors and help make a difference. Please stay engaged with us throughout this journey and donate at www.neio.org.Earthquake map