After the April 25th earthquake, an Earthquake Relief and Shelter Building program was established to distribute supplies and build temporary shelters for communities in Ghusel, Lalitpur District. CASD has distributed thousands of kilos in emergency food supply, mosquito nets, and camping equipment. The team is building sturdy bamboo and tin homes (withstood the second earthquake) which the villagers will likely call home for 1-5 years until they can afford to rebuild a more permanent structure. 81 shelters are complete, each housing up to 8 people. With ongoing government approval, CASD aims to construct 260 additional structures in the district (housing 2,000 people). The cost of each structure is as low as $150 USD.
In the immediate response to the April 25th Earthquake two of our American ambassadors traveled to Nepal to start what would be one of our most impactful programs: to distribute emergency supplies and build semi-permanent shelters for earthquake victims, This project was focused on the severely under served villages in Ghusel, Lalitpur District, a few hours outside of Kathmandu. With the support of volunteers and funders CASD has successfully distributed thousands of kilos of emergency food supplies, mosquito nets and camping equipment to families so rural that no other aid reaches, Each distribution and shelter location has been carefully planned to first serve the poorest families, identified form within the communities themselves.
A small but steady stream of volunteers form the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have helped local families build 84 sturdy bamboo and tin shelters as of August 2015. The material and design were chosen because they were readily available, familiar to the Nepali tradesmen and earthquake resistant. In fact these homes have already proven themselves strong enough to withstand subsequent earthquakes! Each shelter houses up to eight people, who will likely call it home for 1-5 years until they can afford to rebuild a more permanent structure. With on going government approval , CASD aims to construct 260 additional structures in the district (housing 2000 people). The cost of each structure is as low as $150 USD.