While the debate continues on how best to rebuild Nepal, ABARI is leading the way forward with providing Owner Driven solutions through Community Facility Centers.
ABARI’s team of architects can’t wait for monsoon to end so they can get started on trainings and building! Site assessments have been made for 3 areas where there are both the natural resources available and interest of the villagers to participate in creating a value chain for sustainably rebuilding their communities.
"ABARI envisions a series of public Community Facility Centers established in earthquake-affected districts which can serve as combined temporary learning centers and vocational training centers” says founder, Nripal Adhikary.
Owner Driven Reconstruction is a dignified approach encouraging individual homeowners to implement designs they choose, economically built with sustainable local natural materials such as earth, stone, bamboo, adobe and reed. These homes are far safer and sturdier than concrete for a country where earthquakes are to be expected.
This is how it works: The ABARI team members engage the community with ‘on the job training’, showing them how to make Compressed Earth Block and Mud and Stone Housing, which the community can then continue building until all families are sheltered. Many salvageable materials are also utilized in these permanent house structures.
ABARI will assist the community to build a school, part of which will serve as a Community Facility Center to house tool libraries and training workshops and space for social enterprise, where local resources are used, and everyone benefits. ABARI are forming committees to engage with the communities for periodic evaluation and value addition for their outreach and entrepreneurship plans.
The first Model village in Kulay, Nuwakot. Kavre (Timal) has also been identified as a Model Village site, and there are several possibilities in Sindalpchowk, where ABARI are working with NGO Hands With Hands. Here’s where you can learn more about ABARI’s Model for Permanent Home Reconstruction Through Community Facility Centers.
While the building permissions in the process of being approved, ABARI also continue to focus on other foundational projects: Trainings for NGO’s and growing natural building materials!
Trainings for Volunteers
ABARI is preparing for a series of trainings with NGOs and volunteer organizations to work with rammed earth and stone. These trainings will start as soon as the rains ease in September, mostly at their training center in Dulikhel, located closer to village communities.
ABARI are also sending out a call to the architects and civil engineers with experience in natural building and bio architecture who would like to come join hands in rebuilding Nepal. Please send you resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bamboo Plantations For Building
Chitwan is ABARI’s center in the south, where their hand driven factory for yurts and furniture production and a large bamboo plantation is located. This is where the frames for #TentsToNepal yurts are put together, and where the experiments in community enterprise with bamboo are made. The yurt frames will be sent from here throughout the earthquake affected areas. There are also designs being experimented with for fancier designs that can be used for visitors guest ‘yurts’ and furniture.
In collaboration with WWF Nepal, ABARI is now planting 10,000 bamboo plants in the Maadi municipality of Chitwan. The Hariyo Ban Program also aims to reduce adverse impacts of climate change and threats to biodiversity in Nepal and is funded by USAID Nepal, and implemented by a conglomerate of WWF, CARE Nepal, National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), Nepal and Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN) with WWF as the lead.
Nepal’s newly created National Reconstruction Authority will hopefully begin approving plans to start constructions from October onwards. Just this week, the UN-Habitat jointly with Department Of Urban Development And Building Construction, Institute of Engineering Pulchowk Campus and Asian Institute of Technology held a three-day exhibition on "Safer Sustainable Housing." Here’s how ABARI participated in the exhibition to create awareness among general public and practitioners about various local and sustainable construction materials and safer building construction techniques.