The Global Citizen Foundation has donated funds to help rebuild Nepal after the devastating earthquake on April 25th, 2015.
In October, Arnaud Joakim, a Digital Marketing Manager at Arton Capital accompanied by his wife Grace Lin, an architect by trade, traveled into the jungles of Nepal. The rural village of Takure in Sindhupalchowk district, which was close to the epicentre of the 2015 earthquake, is still under reconstruction with the help of an organization called Conscious Impact.
For 2 weeks, Arnaud & Grace volunteered their time and skills to help in the fabrication of Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEB) and participated in the yearly community meeting with the locals to demonstrate the use of the CSEBs. This eco-friendly and anti-seismic building material was used to reconstruct the first school in Bimire, a village close-by. This alternate building technique was introduced to the locals for their home rebuilds and will be used to reconstruct the Takure primary school.
After their travels in Southeast Asia in 2013, Grace & Arnaud vowed to go back and aid those in need. Conscious Impact, founded by Orion Haas, Allen Gulla & Juliette Maas, is committed to serving the most affected victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Living within the community, Conscious Impact creates employment and educate the locals on this alternate method of construction. The volunteers become an integral part of the community and gain a better understanding of the people they are helping. This was a cultural immersion.
For more information about Conscious Impact and their story, please visit http://www.consciousimpact.org/
Photos by John Arvin Española & Jonathan H. Lee & Grace Lin