Can you help build homes in Nepal?

Homes destroyed: young people in Chuplung take shelter
Homes destroyed: young people in Chuplung take shelter

Tradesman with house building experience are being invited to share their skills on a trip to Nepal in order to help people rebuild their homes following the recent earthquake.

The trip is being led by semi-retired farmer Ian Banks, from Beeford, who needs volunteers to help build a “demonstration house” in the remote Himalayan village of Chuplung which will be copied by hundreds of villagers.

Ian, who has formed ties with the village through trekking there in recent years, said almost 90 per cent of houses in Chuplung were now uninhabitable following the earthquake in April.

He said: “The demonstration house will be an approved design built with the aid of UK and Nepalese volunteers, including skilled stonemasons and other craftsmen. This house will be seen and copied by the hundreds of people who visit the weekly market, so potentially many hundreds of people will be able to benefit.“

But the trip will not be all work and no play - because volunteers will be able to enjoy trekking and sight-seeing in Nepal for more than half the three-week trip.

Ian is also appealing for money to buy, sand, cement, glass and corrugated roofing material for villagers to rebuild their houses as well as to employ local craftsmen.

He has set up a Just Giving page at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/i-banx for anyone who is able to donate.

Over recent years Ian raised around £25,000 for a local hospital in the village only to see it raised to the ground in the earthquake. He raised the cash through the sale of Nepalese crafts and hand-made clothing from his home at Dunnington Grange, and through Nepalese evenings featuring traditional food and dance, assisted by Gurkhas from RAF Leconfield (before they were disbanded).

The group will fly to Kathmandu on 29 September. For more information contact Ian on (01262) 468237 or 07705 411678 or by email ibanx@hotmail.co.uk.