The devastation of the 2015 earthquake which, in a few seconds completely destroyed the entire village of
Yarmasing, (222 houses) is requiring monumental efforts to reverse. A second official geological survey
was completed in 2017 and several areas of the upper part of the village were determined unsuitable for
rebuilding. Seven of the original fourteen neighborhoods have had to relocate. Families who owned
houses in those areas, have had to negotiate the purchase of new plots from villagers owning land in areas
safe for reconstruction, get the new plots surveyed, obtain bank loans, register land titles of ownership
and secure building permits.
After villagers moved from the temporary shelters in Kathmandu, to temporary shelters in Yarmasing,
Namlo Europa has continued to support them in a variety of ways including agricultural training to ensure
they can grow their own food during the reconstruction period. After we completed the necessary road
work to open access from the main road to the village, we purchased 25 tons of rebar to be used in the
construction of the house foundations. Currently, villagers are working hard digging and preparing their
plots and ordering additional materials needed to begin construction of their concrete reinforced
In June 2017, Namlo Europa finished the construction of its second school in Nepal, in the community of Kalesti.
The construction of the school, which has 4 classrooms for 200 students between the ages of 14 and 16, began in September 2016, thanks to the completely voluntary help of Catalan engineer Mauro Bravo. Community residents also participated in the project, which is a requirement of Namlo for building schools in Nepal.
This school was built in accordance to new building safety requirements of the Nepalese government following the earthquake of 25 April 2015. This way, the school is fully prepared to support potential earthquakes in the future.
For the 2017-2018 school year, Namlo Europa has also invested in the purchase of tables and desks, and in the construction of a water drainage system so that the school can support monsoon rains.
In August 2017, two teachers, one from Catalonia and another from the United States, organised training workshops for Nepalese teachers in this school, to improve their teaching methods.
At Namlo Europa we are aware that children and adolescents will be the leaders in the creation of a better future and therefore their preparation is of great importance.
In 2017 we have set up a scholarship programme in memory of Sushil Tamang, one of the students who received a scholarship from the NGO and who lost his life during the earthquake in Nepal on 25 April 2015.
The Sushil Tamang Scholarship Programme will allow 3 children (Apil, Shilshila and Sanjit) from the Kyamin school (built by Namlo in 2017) to make their educational dreams come true and become better prepared to help their communities. Among other things, we have provided uniforms, personal clothing, school materials and rucksacks, as well as additional tutoring if they need it.
Next year, the objective of the Scholarship Programme will be to continue to support these three students, and provide three more scholarships for 6th grade students.
Nepalese celebrate 9 different new years because they have dozens of ethnic groups with their own unique calendars. While Nepal uses a solar calendar with fixed dates for most purposes, it reserves the traditional lunar calendar for religious festivals, birthdays, and “death anniversaries”. The Nepali New Year generally occurs between April 11th and 15th on the Gregorian Calendar and this year it falls on April 13. It is an official public holiday which marks the country’s 1st day of the year 2074.
Yarmasing villagers have continued to live in the temporary camp shelters in Kathmandu, waiting for the second geologist evaluation which needed to be done after the 2016 monsoon. Earlier this month, this new evaluation was completed and the section of land deemed safe for reconstruction was marked.
The land in the upper slopes, where villagers had their houses prior to the earthquake, has been determined not to be safe to rebuild. The families whose houses were in the upper slopes have had to negotiate the purchase of new plots from the owners who have extra land in the lower part of the village, which the geologists have marked as safe for reconstruction. This has been quite a difficult process but the final list specifying the exact location where each villager plans to rebuild their home has now been completed.
We are currently working on surveying and issuing the transfer of land ownership titles to the families who have to build in the new plots. The next step will be the registration of the land titles with the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), the Nepali Government agency which was created after the earthquake to assess and regulate all aspects of reconstruction. The official final geologist report has already been filed with the NRA and as soon as the land ownership titles are registered, we expect the NRA to issue the building permits.
In the meantime, in anticipation of getting the green light from the NRA, we have already completed the necessary road work to open access from the main road to the village to enable vehicles to reach Yarmasing and deliver construction materials.
Most of the villagers have already moved to temporary shelters in Yarmasing to start preparing for reconstruction. A few adult family members are staying in Kathmandu to take care of all the community children who need to stay in town in order to finish the school year at Samata school, where they were enrolled after the earthquake.