First Post-Quake Visit to Darkha, Nepal

Nepali Engineers on our visit to Darkha
Visit to Darkha and Kuri, September 21 - 24, 2015 Colorado Nepal Alliance (CNA) has returned from a site visit to Darkha, a village in the Dhading District of Nepal. They were accompanied by Ajay Magar, an architect with Nepal-based Landmark Architectural Design Studio, and Sailendra Shrestha, a local building contractor. The primary purpose of the visit was to assess the damage at the Shree Ganesh Kunda Higher Secondary School, a school in Darkha that CNA has committed to help rebuild. Secondary School Rebuilding The earthquakes in April and May of 2015 destr...

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On the Ground in Nepal: Rebuilding a Secondary School

Secondary School age children in Darkha
Greetings to our supporters and friends! I am writing to you from Kathmandu, Nepal.  Cont...

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CNA signs contract with Landmark Architectural Design Studio

Executive Director Anne Hines signing a contract with Landmark Architectural Design Studio
  Colorado Nepal Alliance has entered into a contract with Landmark ADS to rebuild a number of classrooms at a school in rural Darkha, Nepal. Last year, the school educated approximately 600 students in all, grades K-12. The school is notable for being the only school in Darkha that serves older students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. The earthquakes in April and May of 2015 destroyed nearly all of the buildings on campus. The lone exception was a newly-built reinforced concrete building, providing a paltry two offices and two classrooms to ...

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Making Contacts at the Earthbag Rebuild Nepal Summit

The Colorado Nepal Alliance joined with Nepali architects, engineers, NGOs, and others this past weekend at the Earthbag Rebuild Summit at Kopundol in the Lalipur District of Nepal, to hear speakers, meet with experts, and evaluate the technique for use in rural villages devastated by the April 2015 earthquakes and aftershocks. CNA Director Anne Hines and Nepal Project Coordinator Gopal Tamang were joined at the summit by Rajan Simkhada of Mamata Volunteers, an NGO that will be partnering with our organization on rebuilding projects in rural Nepal. The main ...

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CNA Director Departs for Nepal

Colorado Nepal Alliance Rebuilding in Nepal
Colorado Nepal Alliance (CNA) Executive Director Anne Hines is on her way from her home in Colorado to Nepal to oversee CNA’s earthquake rebuilding efforts and attend a summit on rebuilding techniques.

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The End: Musings on Joy, Suffering, Gratitude, and School-Building

My Capitol-to-Capitol expedition took me across some of the wilder and more beautiful parts of the Western US and Canada. 3081 pedaled miles, four US states, three Canadian Provinces, seven national parks, nine flat tires, five moose, nine black bears, four trumpeter swans, one tandem-recumbent sighting, three (wild) bald eagles, one porcupine, one badger, a salmon run, countless new friends, and 61 days after setting out from Denver, I flew home from Juneau, Alaska. Through the generous donations of friends, family, and strangers I met along the way, together we raised ...

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58-61: Haines and Juneau

58: It was glorious to sleep in a real bed and get to sleep in as long as I wanted. I did all the touristy things in Haines - visited the Sheldon Museum, watched the afternoon feeding at the American Bald Eagle Foundation, wandered around the historic Fort Seward, spoke with local artist Tresham Gregg and watched totem pole carvers at work, and had an exceptional time at the Hammer Museum chatting with their summer intern. I ate marvelous fish'n'chips by the harbor and munched pastries from the Rusty Compass Coffeehouse while hoping the clouds would clear enough to see ...

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55-57: Whitehorse to Haines -42, 45, and 26 miles

55: If one needed more data to be convinced I am not a morning person, today provided. I didn't want to get out of bed because it was a drizzly grey outside. Even oatmeal and tea didn't perk me up. I dragged my heels, knowing at some point I would have to leave the warm comfort of Whitehorse. With ferry ticket booked for next Thursday and a 2-day weekend weather window to get over the passes on the Haines road, it saddened me to know more rest days weren't really an option. Still, it took me till 10am to get out of the house, after numerous scrambles for forgotten items....

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52 – 54: Rancheria to Whitehorse (6mi), Day trip to Atlin, and Rest Day in Whitehorse

52: When I woke up, the weather was still dismal. Upon entering the cafe for breakfast, the ladies asked incredulously if I was going to ride in this. As I cruised through my Yukon Platter     (3 eggs, 6 bacons, 2 pancakes, 2 toasts and hash browns...and this very hungry caterpillar could have eaten more) I made up my mind to find a ride to Whitehorse. I finished eating, packed up my things, and parked my bike in the rain in front of the cafe with a dripping paper reading "Whitehorse." After chatting with many Eastbound folks, finally Blair and Candace, a ...

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50 & 51: Jade City, BC to Rancheria, YT – 62 and 67

50: I’m resigning myself to sleeping in and riding later into the day, because I just can’t get up with my alarm. I’m still sleeping poorly with the long daylight hours (sun sets after 10 and it gets light by 4, even during the night it is twilight, not full dark) and an air mattress that has sprung a slow leak I can’t locate and needs reinflating 2 or 3 times a night. I didn’t get on the road until 9, but it didn’t really matter. The first 20 miles were all cruisy downhills out of the Cassiar Mountains (namesake of the highway and ghost town at one of the ...

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