Rebuilding Nepal through Habitat’s Global Village Project
*A community presentation about the build experience and Nepali culture*
*Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St in Port Townsend.
It is free and all are welcome.
Thirteen local Habitat for Humanity volunteers recently traveled to Nepal through
Habitat’s Global Village program. Current and former board and committee members,
donors and other community members traveled to a small farming village outside
Kathmandu to help with rebuilding of homes destroyed following Nepal’s devastating
earthquakes and flooding.
More than one in four people live below the national poverty line in Nepal, one of the
least developed countries in the world. Nearly half of the country’s population lives in
substandard housing. This situation was made dramatically worse by the 2015 earthquakes
and 2017 massive flooding, destroying or severely damaging over 900,000 homes. Many
of those most affected by the natural disasters were from marginalized ethnic groups,
families with disabilities or severe health problems, and single-headed households.
During the six days of building, the team built the foundation and the lower half of a
brick-and-mortar house, no small feat for a group with a median age of 68.
Temperatures soared into the 90s during which bricks, and tons of sand, gravel and wet
mortar were carried using wheelbarrows, pans and shovels by this team of workers.
Volunteers from Habitat worked alongside the farmer and his family for whom the house
is being built. Neighbors joined in by cooking, cleaning, shuttling brick and sand, and
providing music and dance at the wrap-up celebration.
Nepal is one of three countries that the local Habitat partners with, sending ten percent of
all unrestricted donations to help build in Lesotho, Nepal and Ethiopia. These donations
are used to buy supplies, build homes, and leverage other funds available through various
grants and agencies. To date, Habitat has built 67 homes overseas through the tithe
About Global Village
Global Village trips expand Habitat for Humanity’s work around the world as short term
service trips. They offer opportunities to volunteer abroad or in one’s home country. They
include a mix of work and free time, and a chance to learn about other cultures. Above all,
they offer an opportunity to create an expanded community between the host country and
About Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County
All Habitat homeowners participate in financial education, work several hundred hours to
help build their homes, and pay an affordable mortgage. Since its founding in 1998,
Habitat has built 45 homes in East Jefferson County, including Port Townsend, Irondale
and Port Hadlock. Five houses are built each year in Port Townsend and the Tri-Area.
Additionally, low-income homeowners in Brinnon and Quilcene can qualify for home
repair projects. Twenty-four homes have been repaired to date, thanks to Program Sponsor
First Federal Community Foundation, the Quilcene Habitat Store, and other supporters.