projects of Hewa (Yawa)
Taksindu VDC 6, Solukhumbu, Nepal
accross Hewa Khola
Reconstruction of houses
Road from Chhulemu
Trecking route to Khumbu
|Project goals: The project has
three goals. First, the villagers get a place where they can practise
their culture and festivals and where they can cultivate the life of
the village community. Secondly, the infrastructure of the village and
the leisure activities of the villagers get further improved
(installation of lavatories and showers, meeting rooms for the village
elders, a small library and a computer room). Thirdly, the economic
opportunities of the villagers can be extended by attracting trekking
tourists to the village (alternative trekking route towards Everest,
guestrooms for trekking tourists).
Description of the project: The land on which the project has been constructed belongs to HSCC. It measures about 5 Ropani, i.e. about 2.500 sqm. The project has two buildings. Both have two storeys. The main building has a size of about 15x12 metres. The ground floor of this building will serve as meeting hall for the village people who will use it for diverse purposes. In the upper floor, there will be four rooms which shall be used as library, computer room, lavatory and administrative room respectively.
The smaller building has a size of 12x6 metres. There is a kitchen, a dining room and a storeroom in the ground floor. Upstairs are guest rooms, lavatories, showers and an indoor toilet. In addition, two outdoor toilets will be attached as they are typical for private houses in the village nowadays.
Design of the buildings: The buildings are solid stone houses as they are typical for this high mountain area. They have corrugated-iron roofs as it is normal for new houses in the village. The main building with the assembly hall has a big door and two big windows. Besides, the buildings have a number of smaller windows. All doors and windows have have been made of wood and were locally manufactured. The assembly hall, in addition, has a a steel girder that has been brought from Kathmandu.
Most of the construction work has been done by the village population on a voluntary basis. This has also included most of the handicraft work. Many villagers have intensive experience in the construction of houses, since most of the village houses have been constructed in a similar way with neighbourly help.
Funding: The construction of the procect became possible thanks to the help of the German Nepal Friendship Association (Deutsch-Nepalische Gesellschaft, DNG) that financed 85 per cent of the costs, partly supported by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation. The remaining money has been collected by HSCC in form of donations in the village as well as in Kathmandu. All in all, the costs were about 65.000 Euro.
State of the project: The construction of the two buildings has been completed in July 2016. The interior construction is still underway. The official inauguration is planned for autumn 2017.