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Houses’ Update: 28/02/2018

The core house has a gross construction area of 36m2. If you count the covered balcony (17m2) and the washing facilities (5m2) areas, the house reaches a total gross area of 58m2.

This core house is the same for every family involved, no matter their social or economic status. Alongside the architect and the engineers, each family will later personalize their own house, providing the construction with individual identity. Each family collected and stored the debris from their old demolished house, so that these elements could be re-used and integrated in the new structures. The purpose is to extend the heritage of the village, and rather than building ‘fabricated looking houses’, create ‘homes’.

According to the plot site and house placement, elements such as doors and windows and house direction might change, to reach the best compromise between the core house and site specifications. Apart from the foundation (which will be made of concrete), the main structure will consist of steel square pipes, in order to obtain a balanced expense and be earthquake proof. For the structure to be earthquake resistant, a light structure is recommended.

The base of each structural wall will be built with cement blocks, and the upper walls part will be covered with cement boards. The roof structure will be made of steel square pipes, covered with corrugated iron sheets (CGI sheets). The window frames will be aluminium and single glazed, and the doors will be wooden. 

The inside partition will have the main structure built, but may change according to each family’s needs. The washing facilities compartment will be made of stone, and the sewer and water supply system will be integrated.

Every villager will be involved in the construction of every house. The construction will go phase-by-phase, having the first phase for the total houses completed before passing to the next one. This way, we insure that everyone gets involved in the construction of every house.


1 – The values for the areas presented on the first paragraph are approximate. 

2 – Costing in USD is susceptible to change. Current values with rate 1 USD = 103.5 NPR. The values presented for the cost are approximate




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Geological Report and Houses Distribution: 27/02/2018

 The earthquake was of such magnitude and impact that the soil structure of the Sindhupalchowk has changed almost completely. One of he project’s first approach facing the villages reconstruction was through the elaboration of a geological and topographic detailed survey, in order to confirm and identify the low risk areas, and outline the final perimeter of the right areas for construction.

The original 14 villages will be reallocated into 7 locations, taking into account the limited space available, the local heritage and the community as a whole. The villagers have found temporary locations. They formed village arrangements close to their initial dwellings, as it is impossible to return to the original locations due to the extensive damage caused by the earthquake.

1. Yarmasing Tole:  44

2. Tauma, Thangsur, Chimmi Dada: 82

3. Duguna: 31

4. Dada Tole: 41

5. Kharku: 4

6. Tanga: 7

7. Tashitang: 13

Total: 222




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Japan’s Embassy trip to the villages: 21/02/2018

Today, some members of the Japanese embassy went to visit the villages. They witnessed first hand the progress of the construction work and checked the condition and operation of the truck and the bulldozer (both donated by the embassy). Above all, they felt the warmth and dedication of the villagers as they worked on the iron bars and on the excavations for the foundations.

Until the next visit! Arigato!

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Meeting at Dwarika’s: 10/02/2018

Another meeting with the Duguna Gadi Village Committee, Associação Obrigado Portugal, Namlo Europa and Dwarika's Foundation! Last Thursday we discussed some details about the progress in foundations excavations, the purchase / transport / confection of the rebar "cages" for the foundations, and the purchase of aggregates and sand also for foundations.

It should not be long before we see more progress in the villages! Stay tuned!


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A week in the Villages: 02/02/2018

This last week was spent in Sindhupalchok. We came back today with great news. The project progresses, with more and more houses with the excavation ready to receive the structure for the foundations, structure that is being prepared daily and uninterruptedly. We spoke with the local population and the committees of each region, keeping alive one of the great values of the project active: involvement, participation and auscultation of the population.

Moving, forward!

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Art and Resilience: 26/01/2018

One of the great partners of the project "Our Dream Village", in which we are working hard on, is Shanti Leprahilfe Dortmund. Shanti incorporates a centre that takes care of and integrates processes of dignification of people who have suffered the repercussions of diseases like Leprosy.

Some time ago, honouring the project and this collective involvement between NGOs and the Nepalese population, these patients and residents of the centre made and offered us this mantle, hand-painted.

Needless to say, there are no words to describe both the beauty of the piece and the gesture itself. We are grateful for every detail this work incorporates.


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Heritage and Memory: 22/01/2018




As the Our Dream Village project progresses, we re-focus the work on the design and construction of the houses. With this project, we not only intend to give a new home to the villagers, but also to preserve the cultural memory of this remote region of the country. The preparation of the inventory of the architectural elements of the houses that were destroyed by the earthquake adds priceless value to the project.




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Progress: 17/01/2018

The two engineers who provide constant support at the villages, Durba and Laxman, returned to Kathmandu for only a week. They brought good news: more than 50 houses have the excavations ready to start the foundations, and many others are in progress for the same purpose! Tomorrow they will return to complete this work so we can all begin the next steps of the project.

Good job! One step at a time, we'll get there, all together!