Shree Jana Primary School, Nuwakot: Open!!!

This Spring we celebrated the grand opening of Shree Jana Primary School, a two room school that Good Earth Nepal has built in cooperation with Australian organization, Birds of Passage, who funded the construction. The opening was a great success, attended by members of Nepal Reconstruction Authority, Nepal Engineers Association and journalists from leading newspapers.


We were also very pleased to have Dr. Owen Geiger join us for this great opening of our second finished Earthbag school. It looks like the children were happy to have him there!

Earthbag Tour with Dr. Owen Geiger

This Spring, Dr. Owen Geiger visited us in Nepal and spent three weeks working touring and evaluating Earthbag buildings in collaboration with Good Earth Nepal . His visit was sponsored by GLS Treuhand Bank and Schock Familien Stiftung and GEN is very grateful for their generous support in funding Dr. Geiger's visit to Nepal.

The first weeks of the tour were spent visiting current Earthbag construction sites around Nepal and evaluating the building practices, assessing building techniques and the safety of construction.

Among the villages visited was Mulabari, in Nuwakot District, where German non-profit Carisimo has built 30 Earthbag homes since September. The project emphasizes community and self reliance as the villagers not only build their own homes, but help neighbors in constructing theirs.

Good Earth Nepal is now partnering with Carisimo in a similar project where we will be building ten homes for families in the village of Kaula. More on this in the coming newsletter! 

                        Villagers in Kaule, where Good Earth Nepal will be working with Carisimo

With Dr. Geiger, we also visited a village in Sindupalchowk where New Zealand based non-profit First Steps Himalaya is building an impressive school, as well as a round kindergarten. Prior to the earthquake, this organization had just finished building their first school which completely withstood the shocks.

                             Round Kindergarden by First Steps Himalaya

The tour was a great success and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Dr. Geiger, Method Ambassador and Technical Consultant to Good Earth Nepal.

                                     Six Room School by First Steps Himalaya

Hands-on Workshop with Dr. Owen Geiger in Phulping

Together with Dr. Geiger, our Method Ambassador, Good Earth Nepal conducted a two-day hands-on workshop in Phulping, Sindupalchowk where we are reconstructing a school. This workshop was part of Dr. Geiger's three week tour of Nepal, sponsored by the GLS Treuhand Bank and Schock Familien Stiftung oundation.

       Trainees at Dr. Geiger's Workshop in Collaboration with Good Earth Nepal

       Trainees at Dr. Geiger's Workshop in Collaboration with Good Earth Nepal

This project is unique as we are reusing an existing foundation, metal poles, roof trusses, windows and doors. We are using Earthbags to reconstruct the old school with these recycled materials. 

Dr. Geiger was there to share tips and tricks and assist us in leading a more advanced technical workshop. Among trainees were Nepali architects and engineers, several villagers, and volunteers from Spain, UK, Israel, and USA.

Owen Geiger, internationally acclaimed Earthbag expert arrives to Nepal

Good Earth Nepal welcomes Owen Geiger, the internationally acclaimed Earthbag building author and instructor who just arrived to Nepal. He will teach Earthbag technology for the full month of September and the beginning of October. 

The training will be conducted at Osho Tapoban International in Nagarjun Hill (a short public bus ride from Balaju Bypass in KTM).  The duration of each training workshop is 2 days.

To learn more and to register for the workshops, please visit training Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1613996712180913/