POST-EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY INITIATIVES
After the two back-to-back earthquake shocks in April 25th and May 12th, the numbers that emerged in Nepal are staggering: more than 8000 deaths, three million displaced, 700,000 homes destroyed, 20,000 schools in ruin, more than 600 rural clinics leveled, several massive landslides (more than 500), picturesque towns obliterated, and many cultural heritage sites (more than 500) damaged reduced to rubble. After carrying out the initial rescue and relief efforts to supply food, shelters, and medicine by the government and relief agencies, Nepal is gradually entering into a phase of recovery and reconstruction. The success of Nepal’s recovery effort from this calamity will depend on our ability to understand the way our communities had co-existed with its physical and biological environment.
PNMF has reached out to its network of scholars, experts and professionals, both domestically and internationally, seeking their help to study various recovery-related initiatives, especially in regard to the sustainable housing designs. Collaborators: Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM), Nepal Study Center (UNM), UNM4Nepal, Kathmandu University, Nepal Engineering College, Lumbini Center for Sustainability, Construction Management Technologies (CMT) (Pvt.) Ltd just to name a few.
National and International collaboration to Design Sustainable Housing: Project Himali Dream
PNMF has joined forces with its national and international collaborators (University of New Mexico, Nepal Study Center, UNM4Nepal group, Nepal Engineering College, Kathmandu University) to come up with a housing design that is affordable, sustainable, locally sourced, and replicable….Read more.
One Clinic, One School, and One Temple
PNMF believes that a community in the context of Nepal derives its strength from the clinic, the school, and the spiritual shrines to form its social capital. So, going to the heart of a community is the best way to bring back the community….Read more.
Immediate Relief Effort
On 25th April, 2015, an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude and multiple aftershocks devastated Nepal leaving millions of Nepalese homeless, and thousands dead. PNMF immediately rallied volunteers to support victims in nearby villages (Bhaktpur and Khawa, Dhulikhel). Following the two massive earthquake shocks, PNMF sent its volunteers to the nearby villages to provide some relief supplies….Read more.