In March 2016 – nearly a year after the tragic earthquake that struck Nepal, a group of Team Rubicon volunteers will be heading back to the region to undertake a much-needed service project.
As part of Operation: Nirman (the Nepali word for build) the team will be helping a group of determined villagers to rebuild a school that was destroyed by the earthquake. Since then the young students have been taking their classes in makeshift classrooms made of poles, tarpaulins and cheap tin. These look like little more than cattle sheds, provide about the worst learning conditions possible, and are little defense against the frequently harsh weather conditions.
The team will be trekking 2.5 hours into the mountains with all their own gear as well as Solar equipment donated by Your Power to provide electricity for the remote school.
As well as the school rebuild, the Team Rubicon volunteers will be turning their hands to a wide variety of rebuilding and repairing activities, as well as travelling further into the valley to assess further needs that other communities in the surrounding areas may have.
Following an assessment visit in January, Simon Clarke, Director of Field Operations, said “It is heartrending to see how much work still needs to be done nearly a year after the earthquake. By providing a proper school for the children of this remote village, and repairing basic services such as a hydroelectric turbine, we will be able to make a real difference. We can restore these essential resources from a practical perspective, but perhaps also provide hope for this resilient community.”
The group of volunteer veterans and first responders from the UK will be joined by members of Team Rubicon from Australia and Canada.
You can support Team Rubicon in this project and other areas of their disaster response work at home and abroad by donating here.