Kuri Project Details with Jeremi Poulin

After nine weeks in Nepal, Colorado Nepal Alliance Director Anne Hines is back home in Denver, but our organization's work in Nepal continues to gain momentum. While Anne is focused on fundraising during the holiday season, the day to day details of our newly-announced Kuri School Rebuilding Project are in the able hands of CNA volunteer Jeremi Poulin. Among other things, Jeremi has experience with construction projects in India, and has traveled extensively in Nepal both independently and as the leader of trekking tours. We are so grateful to have Jeremi as a member of ...

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School Rebuilding Partnership in Kuri, Nepal

The Colorado Nepal Alliance (CNA) has established a rebuilding partnership with the Lower Secondary School in Kuri, Darkha VDC. The school teaches grades 1-8, as well as a combined pre-K and kindergarten “playgroup.” This is the second time we have built a school with the people of Kuri, and we're thrilled to work with them again! Our first building project in Kuri was partially completed during the winter of 2014/2015 and was waiting for concrete to be poured in the spring. That classroom was badly damaged in the April 2015 earthquake, along with nine others. ...

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Earthbag Building Workshops for Nepali Builders

Colorado Nepal Alliance sponsored ten local builders to attend two separate earthbag building training events in Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk District in early October. The builders were all from the highly affected districts of Dhading and Nuwakot. Classroom training The first workshop was a seminar taught by Owen Geiger, the world’s foremost builder of earthbag buildings. CNA has long had an interest in this building technology, since it uses local soil and can be more cost effective than other building techniques. It's also proven to be an extremely safe ...

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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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