1 December 2015
It’s been seven months since the earthquakes in Nepal and our ‘man on the ground’, Glyn Utting, Principal Project Manager has recently returned from a visit, reeling with positivity and optimism on the progress made so far.
With the monsoon season coming to an end, reconstruction can finally begin on Community Action Nepal’s (CAN) nominated projects. During Glyn’s latest visit, time was spent undertaking thorough assessment of potential rebuild projects, analysing further damage following the monsoon season. We take this opportunity to revisit some of the sites and look at plans for commencing the more major reconstruction work over the coming months.
Working from CAN’s Kathmandu office, Glyn is involved with recruiting for engineer and overseer roles for CAN, meeting candidates and conducting interviews. These roles are key for the rebuild as they will carry out the designs for the buidings and oversee the construction of the project from start through to completion.
He takes this opportunity to meet with the CAN team to discuss project progress since July and as a result maps out a programme of works for the next few months.
Whilst in Nepal’s capital, Glyn also meets with Caritas, an international charity, to discuss collaboration to build the school at Melamchi Ghyang. The outcome is positive and they agree support via sponsorship.
Leaving the city, the next point of call is a trek to the Helambu region to visit the villages of Milarepa, Melamchi Ghyang, Kutumsang and Bahrabise.
In Milarepa, the team meet with local villagers to agree a location for a new health post as the current location is deemed unsafe due to potential landslide risk. They also quantify the reusable material at the damaged health post site which can be re-used on the new build.
The subsequent four days are spent at Melamchi Ghyang carrying out measured surveys on the school and health post. The old triangular method is relied upon due to lack of technology and having limited access to transport modern equipment. Glyn meets with school, health post and mothers group committees to discuss requirements for rebuild. This is scheduled to be built by the scouts next year.
Over to Kutumsang and more measured surveys and meeting with villagers to discuss the health post rebuild. Glyn takes the time to work out approximate costs for the rebuild and prepares a proposal for sponsorship for the charity CAFOD. They will reuse the timber and stone from the damaged building for the rebuild.
The deaf school at Bahrabise as previously reported is badly damaged and beyond repair. During a brief visit, the team conduct a full measured survey of the school land boundary and assess area to rebuild the entire school and accommodation block. They also produce a deconstruction plan for the existing building.
Back in Kathmandu, Glyn also meets with the DIO at the British Ghurkha HQ to discuss assessment of damaged MoD owned infrastructure in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The remainder of his time in the capital is spent working with the office director creating a work programme and action plan for the next 2 years and writing up and issuing the assessment reports for the visited sites.
Then follows another whistle-stop tour with visits to Ghunsa and Lapcha, where meetings are held with the school committees and damage assessment of the schools is made. The team also make sure the repairs to the health post are safe and secure at Ghunsa.
As previously reported, the school at Ghyamrang remained intact but the surrounding area suffered numerous landslides across the valley where one corner of the school was affected causing a stability risk. The team spend their time measuring up and designing a retaining wall to front of school. They also hold a meeting with the school committee to discuss repairs and the future of Ghyamrang school.
Last stop before returning to Kathmandu is a visit to Rohiguan where the team reassess damage post monsoon to the retaining wall.
Upon Glyn’s return, Doug Scott, Founder of CAN commented: ‘I would like to thank WYG for their extraordinary generosity in working alongside CAN and for enabling Glyn to develop the management of the project. Everyone who knows the projects will understand the huge amount of work which lies ahead. We are raring to go and look forward to the new year where we can continue to make things happen.’
For more information about Community Action Nepal, visit www.canepal.org.uk
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