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The Altruistic Traveller Blog
Last month I had the pleasure of interviewing Pratik Karki and Trish Dixit, friends, teachers and earth bag constructors in Nepal with a vision that aims to assist in rebuilding the 700,000+ homes that were destroyed in the devastating 2015 earthquake.
When not providing value (ethics) education to the students of Nepal, Pratik and Trish have been working in remote villages of Nepal in the area of Earth bag construction. This warm hearted duo was driven to make sustainable change in their country after witnessing the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings, including homes and schools, and shockingly 2 years on only 5% of these ruined buildings have been rebuilt.
"Our people are in trouble and they need help. We can't just wait for our government to jump in as it's been 2 years already and people are still suffering. This is what inspired us to intervene. We went to many villages and have found that the villagers are very motivated to rebuild their homes. They have hope and we want to help them" - Pratik
Strength is a key point when it comes to building in high seismic areas like Nepal. Earth bags are strong, cheaper to make and much easier to carry the materials, making it easier to reach remote areas. - Trish