Let’s start with some good news for a change….

On the trail from Lhasa to Kathmandu, in the district of Kathmandu, stands the village of Nanglebhare (Ward 6). Pilgrims and merchants travelling down to the city or up to Tibet would stop here, gathering and resting at the Ganesh temple. This community meeting space and a historic landmark was established 100 years ago and had been renovated quite recently. Although the particular clay pot for giving water to travellers has now disappeared, the temple still stands proud with merely some small cracks. The school building of this village also survived well, with some cracks, but no structural damage. Villagers say school will be reopened in a weeks time.

View of the village school

View of the village school

But the houses here are older than the temple or the school and are built of stone, wood, and mud; 110 houses did not survive the earthquake.

Six representatives of the municipality of some five hundred mainly Tamang people met the scouting team on 26th May and shared their ideas and concerns. Initial help with tents and food came from private organizations; now villagers need nails and other material for reconstruction.

Village representatives meeting scouting team

Village representatives meeting scouting team

Wood and stone from the rubble can be reused and there are around one hundred and seventy five men that are ready to work and put money and materials to good use, ready too to put their own money and effort into rebuilding. In the meantime they are working to make temporary shelters.

Reclaimed wood and stones

Reclaimed wood and stones

However, the village is uncertain about the reconstruction because there has been talk recently about the government expanding the road. Ward 6 is located partially above and partially below the road. The governments of Nepal and China plan to build a road, 30 meters wide, going directly from the Boudha gate to the Chinese border. It is said all the houses which are now near the road will be removed. We will be investigating further, and hopefully helping kick-start the rebuilding of at least some homes.

 

 

Written by CGLF

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