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Return to Nepal

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 current school - little more than corrugated iron and tarpaulin

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.”

TR Volunteer Matt Dowie getting schooled during the recce

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.

3 Responses to “Return to Nepal”

  1. Tom Martin

    Hello, is it too late to join the team? How long will the build last? Is it ongoing through the summer? I am a teacher (May-August), so summers are best for me to get involved.

    • Chris Lyon

      Hey Tom,

      Unfortunately the team left on the 20th, and was full up anyway. I don’t think you are signed up to our database yet… if you join the team you will get alerts about this sort of thing when they come up in the future.

      Also, long shot, is this Tom Martin of the 5th Regt RA Alpine Ski team fame?


  2. Lucy W

    Its great you are doing this for such lovely people in Nepal. I lived in Shyabrubensi for two years in the late 90s (just a short walk east of where you are at the moment) and the schools were in such poor condition - we funded the rebuild of the village school while we were there but after the earthquake the village and surrounds were really knocked badly, especially higher up on the Langtang trek route.
    At some point in the next few years when my kids are older I would love to support what you do if its feasible - I am not military, nor am I medically trained. But having lived in Nepal and then Uganda for a year (teaching) I wondered if you would consider my offer of help.
    Good luck with the rest of the build and great publicity for you to have Prince Harry supporting you so visibly.


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