GLOBAL BUILDERS - NEPAL

 
We work closely with the Christian church in Nepal to build homes with all people in need as an expression of God's love. Despite being where the Buddha was born as Prince Siddharta Gautama in 563 B.C., Hinduism is the predominant religion and Christianity, though small, is growing quickly. 

Its land is extremely mountainous, as it is home to 8 of the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world, and has 240 peaks over 20,000 feet. This makes transportation throughout the country highly challenging, which along with political turmoil, had slowed the pace of Nepal's development.

Then the big blow came. On April 25, 2015 a powerful 7.8 earthquake epicentered in Nepal took the lives of over 9,000 people. Hundreds of afterschocks have followed in the months ahead, some of which have been stronger than 7.0, which was the strength of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. With the traditional homes using poor building materials that were locally available --such as using mud as mortar between bricks or stones -- hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed.

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All 23 of the homes built by the Fuller Center prior to the earthquake withstood the disaster in pristine condition. This includes the 11 that were completed in Trishuli in the Nuwakot district, which was directly in the heart of the earthquake zone. An estimated 80-90% of the homes were destroyed in the district, and housing is now the biggest need.

Our mission is to share better building methods in the villages throughout the district through demonstrating how to build better. Our goal is to build as many as 200 homes, funds permitting.

Getting involved
There are several ways that you can get involved. Donate to support this specific partner. Volunteer on one of our Nepal Global Builders teams, which you can learn more about below. Or join a trip as a virtual volunteer, choosing to donate your travel costs instead of making the trip. We make that fun!
See virtual volunteering explained here.

House sponsorship cost
Urban - $5,000
Rural - $3,000
 


Learn the Basics - Area Info

Language:             
Nepali (Official) Maithali, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang, Newar (Non-official)
Age Structure:
0-14 years 32.5%, 15-54 years 57.5%, 55+ 10%
Population:   
30,430,267 (2013 est.)
Life Expectancy: 66.86 (Male 65.57, Female 68.19)
Climate: 



                
November - February           March - October
  Day: 60s to 70s                Day: 70s to 80s
 Nights: 30s to 50s             Nights: 50s to 60s

Rain Season: June - September
Currency:
Nepalese Rupee (NPR)  $1 USD = 101 NPR
Literacy Rate:
60.3% (Male 73%, Female 48.3%)
Religon:  

Hindu 81.3%, Buddhist 9%, Muslim 4.4%, Kirant 1.4%, Christian, 1.4%, Other  2.5%

For centuries, Nepal was ruled by kings. But, after years of fighting communist rebels, King Gyanendra abdicated his throne in 2006 and a secular, democratic republic was declared. In 2000, Millard Fuller met the then King Birendra while on a tour of Habitat affiliates in the country. King Birendra was later assassinated along with his whole family on June 1, 2001.

Nepal is a landlocked nation of 27 million residents that is sandwiched between India and China. It has good relations with both countries. Since the revolution that led to the removal of the king, it has enjoyed peace, but frequent strikes make progress difficult. Meanwhile, in the remote hills and valleys, isolation has limited successful house building. Participants will have the unique opportunity to work side by side with these families and other locals to build safe, decent and affordable homes for these hardworking families.



About volunteering in Nepal

Each trip to Nepal will be with a group of mission-minded volunteers -- typically 8-20 total -- who want to experience the world, meet new people, and make a difference. No skills required. Trips last 1-2 weeks and include local sightseeing.

Global Builders teams will work in the town of Trishuli or the surrounding area, which is about 50 miles north of bustling Kathmandu and in the midst of the earthquake's devastation. Set in the Himalayan foothills with the world’s tallest mountains as a distant backdrop, you’ll be working in one of the most picturesque locations on earth.
 



Pricing - What's Included

Trip Length: 7-14 days (price varies depending on length)
Materials Provided:



 
-In-depth Guidebook outlining what to expect
-Pre-trip safety training
-Fundraising guide
-Option to create online fundraising page
-T-shirt and hat
Trip Support: Yes - from trip leader and Global Builders staff
Clean Drinking Water: Yes    
Food: Yes - 3 meals a day are provided
Transportation: Yes - to and from the airport and work-site
Lodging Accommodations: 
Hotel
Meaningful Work:             Yes - led and coordinated by dedicated Nepali
Travel Medical Insurance: Yes
R&R Opportunities: We'll assist you in setting up sightseeing and cultural opportunities


Upcoming Trips

Click on the leader's name to learn more about the leader and each trip. Click Join to apply for their trip. Have a spot reserved on a "Full" trip? Complete your registration here.

Or learn about sending funds to support local labor by joining as a virtual participant.

City Team Leaders Dates of Trip Cost Status
Trishuli Janice Pettey October 1-8, 2015   Full
Trishuli Joan MacPherson and Gary Smith January 2-12, 2016 $1,350 Join
Trishuli Boots and Ramsay Walker Feb. 28-March 12, 2016 $1,700 Join
Trishuli Frederick Church of the Brethren April 2-15, 2016   Full
Trishuli Lynn Twitchell May 18-28, 2016 $1,330 Join
         


More Info - Learn more about what a trip is like


You will work in the village of Trishuli, about 50 miles north of bustling Kathmandu in the foothills of the Himalayas. Our covenant partner is led by Samuel Tamang, who is head of the Assemblies of God churches in Nepal and speaks good English.

Project and Country Background

For centuries, Nepal was ruled by kings. But after years of fighting communist rebels, King Gyanendra abdicated his throne in 2006 and a secular, democratic republic was declared.

It is a landlocked nation of 27 million residents that is sandwiched between India and China. It has good relations with both countries. Since the revolution that led to removal of the king, it has enjoyed peace, but frequent strikes make progress difficult. Meanwhile, in the remote hills and valleys, isolation has limited successful house building. The Fuller Center originally began working in Nepal in 2005 as our first international operation when a plague of fires during dry seasons claimed many wooden and bamboo homes.

We have already helped many families in the remote far western village of Kankad, but we have just begun in Trishuli, an area easier for work teams to reach. To accelerate the pace, we are in need of donations (give for Nepal here) and volunteers!

Typical Day

8 a.m. - Breakfast
9 a.m. - Begin building at work site
12 p.m. - Lunch
1 p.m.-3 p.m. - Continue building
4 p.m. - Evening free for dinner and relaxation

(Exact schedules can be discussed and set depending on the team's preferences.)

Type of work

We are making and utilizing concrete blocks, a new appropriate building technology for Nepal that is less expensive than the traditional fired bricks and better for the environment. In Nepal, we are primarily focusing on new housing construction. Like most things in Nepal, the houses tend to be vertical, so we are typically constructing homes with roof structures that will be able to support additional stories for future generations.

Work will typically involve helping the masons and carpenters - laying block, stuccoing, mixing concrete, etc. At times there will be painting, and any other work related to a particular build.

We will provide necessary tools, but as with most build sites, it never hurts to bring a few small hand tools with you.

Food and Lodging

Volunteers will stay in the simple, but decent Hotel Satanchuli Nuwakot, which has western-style toilets and air conditioning. It is just a short drive from the work site.

Breakfast and dinner are available at the hotel, and lunch can be provided at the worksite.

Transportation

A van or small bus will be rented to transport the group through the hills from Kathmandu to Trishuli, which takes 3-4 hours. From the hotel to the worksite, a local transportation shuttle will be utilized - it is less than a 15 minute drive. 

Rest, Relaxation, and Sightseeing

Nepal has a magnificent countryside with much to do. We expect each group to spend at least a day or two seeing the sites - or more if the group desires.

You can visit a temple, walk through an ancient palace, arrange for a guided hiking trek through the hills, or even attend a Nepali Christian worship service.  

Costs

Trips range from 7-14 days, and trip costs vary accordingly. Most two-week trips will cost $1280-1500; 7-day trips will range from $850-1000. More precise budgets are custom developed for each trip. Trips lasting 7-10 days will naturally cost less than 14-day trips.

Next Steps

As trips with openings become available, we will post them at the top of this page. To apply to join their trip, simply click "Join" next to the trip of your choice. To request more information or be put in touch with the team leader, click the "Request more information" button at the top.

If you're an experienced traveler or team leader, or if you have a group of your own (church, school, etc.), Propose a trip to let us know what you might like to do!

Trip Preparation

Are you unsure of how to prepare for such an experience or just looking for some tips on how to be better prepared? If so, we suggest you take a look at our Trip Preparation page where you will find a lot of helpful information and links - Preparing For Your Trip!

What happens after the trip?
Even after you return, your trip can have a sustained impact on both you and the community in which you served! Learn how on our Country Champions page.

Learn more
See pictures of our volunteers in Nepal in 2012 | 2013-2014