Location: Bimire, Sindhupalchowk, Nepal
Partner: YUWA UNITY NEPAL
Project: Elementary school
Cost: 1 500 000NPR
Status: Complete
Area: 400 m2
Architect: Frederik Dolmans
Photographs: Jonathan H. Lee

SIDDHARTHA PRIMARY SCHOOL

Bimire was one of the hardest hit village during the first earthquake of 2015. This left most of the stone houses and community structures destroyed, including many of the education facilities. Conscious Impact and YUWA Unity Nepal were established to offer an alternative path to rebuilding in Nepal. A training center was constructed to produce and distribute Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEBs) for the reconstruction of local buildings.

Only the steel structure of the Siddhartha primary school remained after the earthquake. The dry-stacked stone walls had all crumbled out of their frames. Students have been using the shell of the old structure as their classrooms. The rebuilding of the school is intended to showcase the viability and advantages of construction with CSEBs. This represents a collaborative effort between local community members and international volunteers. The school will provide healthy and safe learning spaces for local children and to stand as examples of alternative building choices. Special care has been taken to design a resilient and earthquake resistant structure. It is hoped that this will be an inspiration for communities across the region.



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