Tirtha's husband died of cancer two years ago. She has 6 kids - 5 girls and 1 boy. The oldest son is 15 years old and youngest girl is 2 years old. The house she used to live was damaged by the earthquake. She does not own any land so she has to work as a farmer for other people. This is the only source of her income. There are times when she does not have work and she does not have enough food for her family. In this case her neighbors give her rice and lentils.
We are happy that now Tirtha and her kids have new beautiful and safe house to live in.
This project is sponsored by Help Kids in Nepal (HKIN)
As a part of "Single Women” project we are building a house for Kalpana BK and her 3 kids. Kaplana’s husband died 12 years ago. Her house was damaged during the earthquake. She received $500 from the government as a first installment and started building conventional house. She did not realize that just a foundation cost $1500. Now she is in debt of $1000 and with no house. Kalpana works in the farm of other villagers as a labor.
Sponsored by American School of Dubai we are building a house for Him Kumari and her 10 year old son.
Him Kumari’s husband left her 10 yrs ago after she got pregnant with his son. She was left completely alone to raise her child. She worked as a farmer for her neighbors. In 2015 her house was destroyed by the earthquake and soon after she fell off the cliff and injured her leg. Now Him is disabled and can not work. Her 10 years old son cooks and takes care of her. He grows green leaves and vegetables in their small piece of land. There is no other source of income for the family. Villagers help them and give rice, lentil and other food items to eat. They are still living in small tin shade. As soon as the earthbag house is finished - they will have a safe place to live.
Completed Earthbag Projects
Good Earth Global designed, sponsored and built an Earthbag Meeting Center on the campus of Anna University in Madurai, India. The project will serve as a sustainable building model for future generations of Anna engineering students.
In Dhading we completed construction of the Belingtar Primary School. Thanks to our team, volunteers and sponsors Kimberly and Becca for making it all happen and giving the children a safe and beautiful space to study.
Kamala, a widow, has two daughters, Nabina and Rabina. We have built an Earthbag house for them.
Kamala and her daughters live in Tandrang, a small village in Ghorka, their house was destroyed by the earthquake. Village elders chose Kamala’s family, among many in need, to receive the first house.
The Karki Family Earthbag House was a collaborative project with ANSWER Nepal, a US.- based non-profit helping underprivileged children in Nepal, especially young girls, obtain a quality private education.
The construction of an Earthbag Elderly Home in Lamakhagar was sponsored by INRAA , a Taiwan based organization which focuses on helping people in the Himalayan areas of India, Bhutan, and Nepal. Our engineer Ram says this project was great because "... the villagers of this community were very cooperative and hardworking. Also the volunteers from Taiwan and Bhutan are very hardworking."
Good Earth Global designed and supervised the reconstruction of a two-classroom primary Earthbag school in the village of Samundradevi, VDC-4 , Nuwakot, Nepal. The hilltop school was sponsored by Birds of Passage, an Australian non-profit.
We completed eleven houses for our community-based housing project in Bolgaun, Sindhupalchok in collaboration with Nimbin Health and Welfare Association, from Australia. Our community-based model is proving successful, and in Bolgaun and perhaps elsewhere we plan on building many more.
In partnership with the Open Institute of Social Science we have built an Earthbag canteen for students. This project has a unique shape that combines 2 semi-circles. The canteen also has 3 attached toilets/showers. This project serves as a model of sustainable building.
Good Earth Global designed, sponsored and built a two-room Earthbag primary school in Agra, Makwanpur, Nepal. The cooperative effort brings to life the "Dream Village" vision of Expansion Nepal, a Kathmandu-based NGO.
Good Earth Global designed and supervised the construction of a model Earthbag home for sherpa community, Ramechhap.
The project was sponsored by the Himalayan Homes Trust, a non-profit devoted to building safe and sustainable homes in Nepal. All building was done by local villagers; the workmanship is exceptional.
In Nuwakot we built the Butterfly Learning Center. The Butterfly serves as a safe and appealing space for kids to do homework, read books, and pursue various forms of artistic self-expression, and will also host adult literacy, health and hygiene classes, and women's empowerment workshops.
Noted artist Sushil Babu Chhetri conceived the project, and we thank Jennifer Dahlem and Kevin L.H. for their sponsorship.
Good Earth Global designed and rebuilt a two-room primary school in Phulping, Sindhupalchok, Nepal. The Earthbag school was funded by the 108 Lives Project/Three Jewels Outreach Center, a New York City non-profit.
For this project we reused the original foundation, windows, doors, metal roofing and steel posts. Wrapping the Earthbag courses around the posts, "The design is very strong because the steel frame braces the Earthbag walls, and the Earthbag walls and buttresses reinforce the steel posts", according to Dr. Owen Geiger upon his evaluation of the progress made.
Following the Gorkha Earthquake, thousands of schools were left in a similar state as Shree Seti Devi, with walls crumbled but the foundation still in tact.
Making use of the original school's foundation, windows and roofing allowed us to achieve considerable cost savings.
The toilet will be used by homeless people rescued from the streets, orphans, mentally ill and elderly who live in “Hands of Compassion Home”, run by Emmanuvel Charitable Trust. Currently 50 residents live in the home and the organization provides them with food, clothes, rehabilitation and medical services.”
Good Earth Global supervised the reconstruction of two homes for sisters Goma and Taku and their families, previously destroyed by Nepal's 2015 earthquake.
The project was done in collaboration with the Conscious Connections Foundation, a U.S. non-profit promoting education among young Nepali girls and providing primary health care to rural villagers.
Good Earth Global partnered with German non-profit Carisimo and Kaule Environmental Nepal to design and manage the construction of six Earthbag homes using community-based model.
With our supervision, six families volunteer for one another to build their own homes.
Click Here to read the stories of some of the families.