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From the Ground Up Foundation


The team of “From the Ground Up” has taken a hands-on approach in all stages of the project, from inception to actual construction; working alongside the people in need, sharing knowledge, concerns and a few stories in the process. They are driven by the vision of helping build sustainable communities. They support grassroots participation, engaging locals in the process to develop a case sensitive project and a sense of ownership towards the reconstruction efforts. Their work is supported by funds collected from our international representatives and through our own local efforts here in Nepal. They have also been working to extend this donation pool so that they can continue to organize and execute the projects, so that sustainable, cost-effective, earthquake resistant construction continues across the country. Hopefully, they will be able to help the people get back on their feet as soon as possible.

There have been aid and relief efforts throughout the country but most have focused on the construction of temporary relief shelters. The team of “From the Ground Up” however, are concentrating on building more permanent structures that can withstand against future earthquakes. To put it into context, the average earnings of a Nepali household is NPR. 30,121 per month which equates to $287.14 [USD] (according to the Fifth Household Budget Survey conducted by Nepal Rastra Bank on 2015). Their expenses evaluated against the averages of transport costs, food, and general rates and other consumptions would approximate around 85% of the total earnings. To build a traditional Nepalese village home would cost approximately 1 million NPR. which is the equivalent of US$ 9532.88, which is just not financially achievable for most of the Nepalese. Temporary structures are great for the short term, but there just isn’t an economy here to afford permanent structures so there is an obvious need for help. Thus, they are here to introduce low-cost, sustainable building alternatives to help the people in need with a better housing solution. They have a belief that the low-cost construction method along with sustainable practices is the answer to living in such an active place where shift in the tectonic plates has such an impact. A study was conducted in the village of Ghumarichowk and surrounding villages and it is estimated that the villagers won’t be able to rebuild their own homes due to the cost of their traditional and conventional construction methods of brick, stone, concrete and timber for at least 5 years possibly more depending on circumstances. This isn’t acceptable and something needs to be and can be done to provide adequate sheltering for victims.

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