BACKGROUND of MERA GAON (MY VILLAGE):
The recent earthquake that struck Nepal has not only claimed thousands of lives and displaced many people, but devastated whole communities and villages. Families have been struggling ever since with meeting their basic needs when it comes to food, water, sanitation, and housing.
The rebuilding effort for Nepal is ongoing. This involves a wide variety of approaches and looking at the various components of devastation. Some of which are aiding people impacted by the earthquake, rebuilding Nepal’s history, and reinforcing monuments of faith in the community and so on. This will take years of concentrated effort.
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and his close family, his community have been deeply engaged in the humanitarian relief efforts for Nepal. They have been reaching out to remote areas of country that are harder for the government relief efforts to access and providing not only basic necessities and supplies as well as spiritual strength and prayers.
The scope of Mero Gaun Project includes the initial assessment, planning and designing of the model village, procurement of building construction materials, training, and construction of a Community Facility Center and two model homes under two model homes.
Mero Goan will rebuild the homes of all the village community using low cost housing models that are ecologically sound and sustainable built to sustain natural disasters like severe earthquakes and flooding.
Our one-year target is to construct 50 to 100 single-family homes, with 4 to 10 people in a family.
We will rebuild basic educational facilities for the children of the village, which also creates employment in local communities.
Mero Goan utilizes the following structure to implement its projects:
- Identity the village
- Understand the infrastructure and population demographics
- Propose community contracting versus contractor building based on the population dynamics, aimed at enhancing ownership, creating employment, and keeping costs reasonable
- Build structures that can withstand future earthquakes
- Create low cost housing in the range of $12,000 – $15,000
- Work in conjunction with other non-for-profit organizations (such as Habitat for Humanity) to provide structure, organizations and technical expertise, as well as amplify the project’s impact.