Funding education and providing supporting services to marginalized Nepali children have always been Kids of Kathmandu’s focus. After the devastating April 2015 earthquake, over 8,000 schools destroyed, we expanded our mission to partner with organizations with prior school building experience to help rebuild Nepal. Kids of Kathmandu enlisted best-in-class professionals, both Nepali and American, to ensure that the new schools would be safe, well-built, and efficiently built. At the forefront of our effort, we designed the schools to inspire the community and elevate education’s role in shaping Nepal’s future.
To start the rebuilding process, we partnered with SHoP Architects, a renowned NY-based architecture firm, to design a flexible “kit-of-parts” that is adaptable to the different, and often extreme, conditions across many sites. Our initial designs offered comprehensive solutions to a variety of community needs. The architectural plans consider the need for natural light, ventilation, community space, construction, and material transportation costs.
As our experience and partnerships grew, we realized a universal need to build sustainably to reduce the harmful effects concrete has on the atmosphere and help reduce transportation costs to the remote Himalayan communities. We also see this as an opportunity to push Design boundaries to showcase the possibilities of building sustainably.
In 2019 we broke ground on our first rammed earth school, DBS, with our partners, Acts of Kindness Collective, OSD Engineering, and Sustainable Futures. OSD Engineering and Sustainable Futures have been at the forefront of introducing the latest sustainable building technologies to Nepal and built many structures ranging from individual houses to large, internationally financed hospitals. Designed by Studio Rae – Marissa Feddema and Cycle Architects,
The hexagonal room design allows for flexibility in situating the building on terraced terrain. Simultaneously, the overly large roof covering the area between the two blocks of classrooms creates a perfect play space or outdoor classroom during monsoon and hot summer months.
In 2021 we are planning our first earth brick school in Southern Nepal. Like rammed earth in composition and residual benefits, earth brick is manufactured on-site using local labor and sustainable materials. We will be building five rooms, a toilet, and retrofitting roofs in four other buildings.
Kids of Kathmandu and our many partners have done a great deal of work to ensure that the schools we build in rural Nepal will be safe and affordable. Our design and engineering work allows us and other groups to maximize our donor’s dollars to provide a 21st-century educational experience to prepare the children for their future in this ever-evolving Nepal.
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