Exclusive: Eco-Friendly Building Still Standing After Nepal Earthquake

This earthbag school is in a remote village in the Solkhumbu District of Nepal.

This earthbag school is in a remote village in the Solkhumbu District of Nepal.

By Alec Cope
We Are Change

Chloe and Olivier are a couple who are creating a documentary project about natural, and alternative building methods around the world. In February, 2015 they took part to a building site in rural Nepal – it is still standing. 

Chloe and Olivier had this to say about their time building the eco-friendly buildings:

We helped to build a teacher training center with earth-bags. We have made a short video to present: the work of the First Step Himalaya’s NGO promoting education in Nepal – the Earth-bags building process and some of the advantages of this kind of building ( cheap, simple and eco-friendly…)
After the terrible earthquake, this earth-bags building is still standing, like the other sixty which are in Nepal. This is an evidence of the great resistance of this construction, as a lot of people are proclaiming for years, without the financial (capability) to organize large tests. Amongst the disaster, which has hurt the Nepalese (in the) last few weeks, there is a glimpse of hope to avoid future victims in Nepal or in any seismic area in the world. We can’t prevent an earthquake, but people are dying because of the collapsing of the buildings rather than seismic (activity) itself.

Chloe and Olivier were in Sindhupalchok, Nepal; in February of 2015 with the First Step Himalaya’s NGO project to create the buildings and also record the progress as part of a documentary project the couple is working on. The project was perfect for their documentary, which is based upon natural and alternative building methods from around the world.

Few days after the achievement of the teacher’s training center, the Sindupalchok region was strongly damage by the earthquake of the 25th april 2015 and aftershocks. Among the debris – this construction is still standing. To the adventurous and compassionate couple, this is evidence of the practical resistance and obvious benefit this inexpensive method of building offers. Today more and more Nepalese and NGOs are choosing this technique to rebuild the damaged areas.

To know more about their amazing project click here and check out their Facebook page here.


Chloe and Olivier

So what do you think about this building method as well as what has unfolded in Nepal? Leave your comments below!

After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.





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