Budhathum 6: After the earthquake in Nepal

The two earthquakes that occurred in Nepal in April and May 2015 resulted in numerous casualties. To date, 9,000 people have died, 14,500 were injured and thousands of Nepalese are living in precarious conditions.

We chose to help the village of Budhathum 6 because we already knew the area surrounding the village, and it was hit particularly hard.

Located 140 km North West of Kathmandu in Dhading district, the Budhathum village is divided into 9 hamlets. It is in Budhathum 6 that our efforts are concentrated. This village has seen 110 homes damaged or completely destroyed. To date, the villagers live in precarious shelters.

This village of 600 people, including 110 children, is located in the mountains. The villagers normally provide for their needs through agriculture (rice, millet, wheat, corn) and animals (goats, buffalo, cows, chickens) but much of the village was destroyed by the earthquake and farmlands were washed away by landslides.

The Project: To build a community Centre

In December 2015, a reconnaissance mission has allowed Ayala’s founder, Martine Breuillaud and Benoît Laurin and André Bergeron of Engineers Without Borders Québec (ISFQ) to make a first assessment of the situation, look at realities of infrastructure design in Nepal. It also allowed to build a network of contacts with local organisations, and a close relationship with the local community of Budhathum 6 village.

The need to build a community center for the residents of Budhathum 6 quickly arose. The community center can house:

  • A nursery / kindergarten for the children of the village

    The 30 young children from 4 to 8 years of Budhathum 6 have only tarpaulins and sheets to shelter and study.

  • A room for community activities, religious ceremonies and training workshops.

    These trainings, especially for women in the village, will enable them to vary income sources and ensure greater stability to their livelihood skills.

  • Space for access to water

    Toilets, showers, drinking water, etc.

En janvier 2017, deux des membres de la Fondation Alaya se rendent à Budhathum 6. Se crée alors le Comité de construction du village. C’est l’occasion de voir les villageois rassemblés et unis pour exprimer leurs propres besoins. Une écoute attentive est apportée à chacun et une confiance s’installe en vue d’une étroite collaboration. Ce séjour sera aussi l’occasion de remettre des vêtements de sports aux enfants offerts par une organisation française l’USMEF (Union Sportive Mesnil Esnard Franqueville). Mr Farès Abi-Saleh du magasin Soccer Experts à Kirkland (Québec) a aussi contribué en donnant des ballons de football et d’autres effets ont été donnés généreusement par les donateurs privés.

The project at present:

Afin de construire le centre, nous avons renforcé nos liens de partenariat avec les Népalais et conclu un accord avec un organisme local afin d’assurer la viabilité et la pérennité du projet. Ainsi est née l’ONG Budhathum Welfare Society composée d’hommes et de femmes afin que la population puisse s’approprier le projet et l’intégrer à la vie quotidienne du hameau.

Des plans de construction pour le centre communautaire ont été établis par l’ingénieur Prakash Silwal, spécialisé dans la construction anti-sismique. Ces plans répondent au nouveau code du bâtiment Népalais, à la culture et aux besoins du village.

La Budhathum Welfare Society assure la gestion du chantier et l’équipe d’Alaya s’occupe de la transmission des fonds et de leur utilisation.

Community involvement

Residents of Budhathum 6 chose the location of the community center together. They set up a construction committee, including one of the women in the village. Men and women will work equally and receive equal pay during the construction of the community center.

The construction committee has also set up an NGO, the Budhathum Welfare Society, which became the local partner.

The construction of the Center will allow the transmission of basic skills in earthquake-resistant construction to the workers in the village and, consequently, will enable some villagers to find work, locally or regionally. The construction will also be an opportunity to promote mutual aid in the village as well as exchanges of services between residents, while maintaining an ecological concern where the recovery of materials from the old village is prominently encouraged.

During the trip in December 2015, ISFQ donated a prospectors’ tent for the first necessities of the villagers. This tent will also be used by volunteers to assist in the construction of the village community center. We thank them for their collaboration. We also thank the Angels of Hope (Quebec organisation) for distributing clothing to the children of the village during this same trip. We also brought school supplies.

2017-2018 : The Final Phase

Construction started October 23 2017 and will finish in may 2018.

Update :

  • Prakash Silwal’s construction plan has been approved by the construction Committee and by the NGO BWS in octobre 2017
  • The construction permit was issued
  • The construction budget has been revised and approved
  • A new approach in our fundraising campaign is in place to allow for any amount, within your own budget
  • Identification of major sponsors.
  • Making funds available to start construction in October 2017

Financing of the Budhathum 6 project :

We need 26 000$ (17 405,00 Euros) to complete the project by the end of May 2018.