Wednesday, May 6, 2015


When the teachers training centre was built, the earth quake resistance factor was not even considered, but now it makes perfect sense as an affordable and safe and environmentally friendly habitat plan for the future.



Our logistics are just about complete for the construction of an earth bag school in Sangachok
Becky & Tim Rippel
Peak Freak Expeditions Operators
situated in one of Nepal's most devastated regions east of Kathmandu.

We are building a school in conjunction with New Zealand based First Steps Himalaya while locals learn from the process to build their own homes. Earth homes have proven to withstand a 7.8M earthquake. They are finished with mud and chicken wire. The dirt bags and wire allows the structure to stay intact while moving.  The current Teachers School that FSH built still stands and is currently being used as shelter for the homeless in this village.

We've been getting messages from other earth bags establishments in the Himalayas reporting that their structures also stood throughout the earthquake with only minor amounts mortar cracking off the wire finish.…/earth-bag-building-still-standing-…

We are currently running with 1 team of 12 volunteers November 2, 2016. If everything goes to plan the walls will assembled in 10 days with this many people helping and with the help of the locals.

  • 10- Day volunteer work project - registration $500US pays for local transport to the village and back, three meals a day, camp facility and camp crew expedition style- in tents. 
  • Meet in Kathmandu no later than November 2, 2016.  Flexible departure, at your leisure. 

To donate for building, supplies and school materials.

Kudos, hugs and big thanks to each and everyone of you who have stepped up to the plate and donated so far.

Know Your People

We first met Durga Aran, Founding Director of First Steps Himalaya back in 1991 in Nepal when he worked as a waiter at the hotel we frequented, everyone loved his big smile and eagerness to assist.  He won the lotto when he met Fionna Heiton during her time working in Nepal.  More about FSH, Durga and Fionna.!about-us/c14c3

For more information, please email us.

Tim and Becky Rippel

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