Spreading sustainable building in India! Our team gave just a lecture and interactive session on Earthbag Technology to 50 post graduate students and faculty at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University). SRM is one of the top ranking universities in India with over 38,000 students and more than 2600 faculty across all the campus, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in Engineering, Management, Medicine and Health sciences, and Science and Humanities.
Many Earthbag projects begin with architectural blueprints, so it was a pleasure to conduct a 6-Day Earthbag workshop for agroup of student architects from the
School of Architecture (SAL) in Ahmedabad, India.
An added pleasure-by the end of the course SAL students finished building a public
toilet, which was then donated to kids attending the Butterfly Learning Center in
We are proud to announce that our article "Bringing Earthbags to the People – A New, Democratic Approach to Sustainable Building" has been published in Consilience Journal - The Journal of Sustainable Development. The journal is run by a team of undergraduate and graduate students, under the guidance of faculty from Columbia University in the City of New York.
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We are proud to announce the completion and opening of Belingtar Primary School in Dhading District, Nepal. 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.
Under our supervision the local community in Bolgaun, Sindhupalchok just completed the walls and bond beam of house #7. Great job team! This community housing project is sponsored by Nimbin Health and Welfare Association Australia-Based non profit.
Teaching Nepali Civil Engineering students Earthbag Technology. We had a full house this week at our Earthbag Trainings Lecture in our Kathmandu office: 15 senior Civil Engineering students from Kantipur Engineering College.
Our team just got back from Bolgaun village in Sindhupalchok where we have completed Earthbag houses #5 and #6 together with locals and Australian volunteers. This community housing project is sponsored by Nimbin Health and Welfare Association Australia-Based non profit.
We are excited to announce that Butterfly Learning Center is finally opened! The Center is built using Earthbag technology and will serve as a community building and learning center for adults and children. In collaboration with various NGOs, Good Earth Global will be running workshops such as Adult Literacy Classes, Women empowerment, creative and fun classes for children, health and hygiene, etc...
We would like to say special thanks to the sponsors Jennifer Dahlem and Kevin L.H. for making this project happen! We are also grateful to our Good Earth Global team and volunteers who managed to overcome all the obstacles and complete the beautiful building that will serve the community.
In November Good Earth Global held its first annual fundraising event, at the C24
Art Gallery in Manhattan. Almost a hundred people attended, including Madhu Marasini
the Nepal Counsel General, and his wife.
The event featured musical performances, fashion and great food, all donated, and a
short talk and slide show about Earthbags and the work we've been doing.
Thanks to those who donated and bought tickets, and we hope to see you next year.
Nepal recently became the first country on Earth to officially recommend and approve of Earthbag technology; our Earthbag designs have been published in the federal government's official Reconstruction Catalog and ordinary Nepali families can now build their own Earthbag homes, with government rebuilding aid.
With these developments Nepal has emerged as a world leader in sustainable building for the masses.
We now seek to export these breakthroughs to other developing countries, and with this new challenge are changing our name from Good Earth Nepal to Good Earth Global.
As reflected in our current project roster Good Earth Global's commitment to assisting Nepalis most in need is stronger than ever, and we thank the Nepali people for providing us and those around the world with enlightened leadership and renewed hope for a safer, cleaner planet.
We were honored to present at the International Conference on
Sustainable Development in New York City, sponsored by the Earth Institute of
Columbia University. The topic of our presentation was "Bringing Earthbags to the
People: a New Democratic Approach to Sustainable Building".
Following the approval of our Earthbag design by Nepali government we hosted Earthbag Approval Appreciation Ceremony that honored high officials of the Ministry of Urban Development and assisting technical experts whose collective efforts allowed Nepal to achieve this great victory. Our guests included Bishnu Paudel - Under Secretary of National Reconstruction Authority, Renaud Meyer – Country Director at UNDP, Ar. Kishore Thapa - Ex-secretary and mayor candidate of Kathmandu municipality, Er. Kishore K Jha - Urban Planner, Former general Secretary of Nepal Engineers' Association (NEA) and other Delegates from Different INGos, Urban Planners and Experts.
We were invited to present Earthbag Technology and share our experience with the team of Rotary Club of Thamel
Last year we have completed an Earthbag home for Sherpa family in beautiful Chaurpatal village, Ramechhap district. This year our technical team has revisited the project and was happy to find the family has fully settled and happy with their house. This project was sponsored by Himalayan Home Trust.
We are building six houses for our first community-based housing project in Kaule, Nuwakot. The project was sponsored Carisimo, a German-based non-profit, and Kaule Environmental Nepal provided local support.
We are proud to announce the completion of our first hyperadobe toilet in India. 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.
We completed our model Earthbag Meeting Center on the flagship campus of Anna University in Southern India, in conjunction with university faculty and administration.
Anna engineering students helped construct the heart-shaped structure, with Good Earth Global training and supervision. The Meeting Center is shaping up to be the first of many collaborations with Indian universities, stay tuned!
When 23 year old Karchu Bomgyang was helping her husband, Sugyalbo, fill the foundation of their new Earthbag house, she suddenly let out a small scream and dropped everything she was doing.
Karchu had gone into labor and suddenly the need for a stable, permanent home was more urgent than ever before.
Joining her older sister, Sabina (age 4), baby Sompalmu had come into a world that had been neither easy nor kind to their parents. Two years ago, Karchu and Sugyalbo had left their family and village of Bolgaun to look for work in India. Abandoning everything they knew in Nepal for the sake of earning a living. Sugyalbo worked day to day as a farmer and laborer while his wife stayed home alone to take care of their first child. Each morning around dawn, Sugyalbo joined a whole truckload of other workers to be taken to whatever project needed employees on that day and would first come home late in the evening, with a small sum of money to help provide for his family. Days, weeks, months, and eventually years passed like this until abruptly on April 25th, 2015, everything came to a sudden halt.
On a sunny Saturday in India, Sugyalbo and Karchu felt a slight shaking from below. What felt like a minor tremble to them, however, had entirely leveled their village in Nepal, destroying their family’s home and ending the lives of nearly half their neighbors, friends, and family. Upon hearing of the magnitude of destruction, this sweet family was on the road again- headed back to Bolgaun to be with those dear to them.
Arriving home after days of walking, they recognized little of the village they once knew. The road to Bolgaun had been wiped away by landslides and the entire village had fallen to the ground, killing and injuring those who had been in the way. Karchu and Sugyalbo joined the community in the long wait for aid, food, and medical help, but nothing ever came until nearly 18 months later when Australian medical workers spied the leveled village from across the valley.
Helen Simpson began a long trek across the valley and made a connection with the village of Bolgaun that finally initiated the process of rebuilding this shattered community. Now, Karchu and Sugyalbo are the first of many families in Bolgaun to rebuild their home using Earthbag method and the first to have a permanent, sustainable, and safe home for their beautiful new family.
This project is sponosored by Nimbin Health and Welfare association.
Durga is 30 years old. At this age, many of us are just beginning what we consider our “adult lives” but Durga has already lived a lifetime. At 30, Durga is married, has fathered three beautiful daughters, has worked as a security guard in Malaysia for six years, created a home with his family, lost this home when the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake reduced it to dust, and has lived in a tin shack for over a year. Durga knows how to farm, how to do carpentry work, how to support his family, and now, he has learned how to build an Earthbag house.
Durga has been sleeping in a tin shack for the past 18 months with his wife and three daughters. The tin was a donation from an international relief organization and has been conveniently assembled in the front yard of a small crooked brick house, where his sister, his parents, and his grandparents all sleep. For the past week, Durga and his wife and kids have also been sleeping in this brick house, where they cook hot meals of rice and lentils for the six volunteers who have been kindly offered the tin shack during the building process.
But they won’t be homeless for long because in just a matter of days, Durga and the volunteers have built an Earthbag house with the help of neighbors from the community. The first one to show up in the morning and the last one to leave, Durga has taken charge of the build- advising his neighbors on how to sift the earth, fill the bags, and tamp them properly. He’s more than ready to move his family into their new home and his eagerness has led to a deep interest in Earthbag building techniques and a willingness to teach these methods to his community. Two courses away from finishing the walls, Durga turns to the volunteer by his side during their tea break and tells him he’s confident he can replicate this design.
We are proud to announce our new India Initiative, designed to bring widespread sustainable Earthbag building to India for the first time.
Partnered with government-sponsored Anna University, our teaching and building program are also expected to play a critical part in Prime Minister Modi's Clean India initiative.
Anna University is one of India's largest and most prestigious universities, with five regional campuses and 600 affiliated colleges. Good Earth Nepal is now building a model Earthbag conference center on Anna's flagship Madurai campus, and we expect to build more Earthbag structures on Anna campuses in the coming year.
Anna engineering and architecture students are building the conference center themselves, with training and supervision provided by Good Earth Nepal. Soon these young building professionals will be constructing their own Earthbag structures, all over India.
Kateryna Zemskova and Dr. Owen Geiger were also keynote speakers at India's first-ever Earthbag Conference, "Promoting Entrepreneurship In Innovative Construction Techniques". The two-day summit in Madurai was a huge success, with over 350 scholars, students, researchers and government officials in attendance.
Thanks to Dean Swarnalatha and our Good Earth Nepal staff in Madurai, India for making all this happen, and we look forward to further work with Anna University and the Indian government.