Since we returned from our trek close to a week and a half ago, much of our efforts on this blog have been focused on recounting the incredible experiences we had and information we gathered along the way, yet don’t let that fool you into thinking that we have been idle in the meantime. Much of this time has been spent searching for, and acting upon, different projects through which CCF can branch out into long term earthquake recovery, of which only a portion could be fit into our last post.
Any remaining time has been spent attempting to prepare a plan for our next bout of field work. Until just a few days ago, we had planned to work with a local NGO, TEAM Nepal, during their construction of a model earthbag house in Sindupalchowk. This had seemed like the perfect opportunity to observe the construction of an earthbag structure similar to what we hope the clinic will be, while simultaneously observing the effects of financial support which CCF had provided to TEAM Nepal during the immediate earthquake recovery process. But, as so often happens here, the best laid plans went awry…
In a complicated blizzard of serendipity and circumstance, we realized that, due to forces beyond our control, TEAM Nepal’s earthbag project was being pushed back to a point at which we would have a very small amount of time during which we could actually contribute to construction before moving on to the Baseri Project. Yet, as luck would have it, scarcely had we begun to fret over this unfortunate realization, then a friend, Michael, from the earthbag building class we had taken in early October, contacted us. As it turns out, he was in search of two willing volunteers for their own earthbag construction project in the village of Ghyampesal in Eastern Gorkha, and asked if we would be interested. You can learn more about this project and the organizations involved at their website here: http://www.permacultourism.com/nepalresilience/
Holding to the hope that somehow the TEAM Nepal opportunity would work out, we left this invitation until a day and a half ago, when it became apparent that we were getting nowhere fast. With little time to spare, we rushed to prepare for this new project; conducting several final meetings, finding transportation, and rushing through Thamel in search of the usual necessities: food, cooking supplies, etc.
So here we sit, with our bags fully loaded, in possession of a 6:15 AM bus ticket to Ghyampesal, ready once again to drop of the face of the earth, and with Pradeep as our trusty guide. Our goal for the following weeks is to observe and participate in earthbag in action. With any luck, Grant and I will be able to see the finer details of this building style so that we in turn can bring them into consideration during the construction of CCF model earthbag houses and the Baseri Clinic!
Here we go again!