Mero Gaon – My Village, is a project of Ripa Sidhi Sangathan in partnership with Ripaladrang Foundation.
It was founded by Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche.
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was present in Kathmandu when the massive earthquake hit Nepal On April 25th 2015, when a earthquake of magnitude 7.8 followed by 7.4 Richter scale devastated the lives and physical infrastructure of Nepal. He and his family along with the monks of Ripa organization rushed to help in anyway they could in reaching out to the people with basic supplies as well and prayers. He toured the destruction and talked to many people offering not only material help like tarpoline and rice bags, but offered his prayers for the families who lost loved ones. This inspired him to help further by adopting a village and rebuilding it fully by providing basic shelter. Mero Gaon thus was started and its first adopted village is ‘Kulay’.
Kulay, a community predominantly populated by Tamang, is located in a beautiful location overlooking mountains in Okharpauwa Village Development Committee, Nuwakot about 12 km North-West of Kathmandu. In Kulay (Ward no. 5), the entire community of 55 houses were partially and totally damaged resulting in uninhabitable houses.
ABARI (the architechural firm working with mero gaon) aimed at designing a model village that will serve as an example for post-earthquake reconstruction and sustainable development. The model village will celebrate the vernacular architectural tradition of Nepal by using sophisticated traditional knowledge of natural materials while incorporating contemporary design and engineering practices so that they are hazard resistant. The project aims to facilitate the construction of the model village through an Owner Driven Reconstruction approach.