The Yangri Hope Project
Shocked by the devastating 2015 earthquakes, the charity "Himalayan Life" decided to expand their activities beyond working with street children and began participating in reconstruction. Similar to our work in Romania, the Yangri Hope Project involves the introduction of wood, a structural material far better suited for seismic resistance than dry stone masonry.
The construction of a building for the repaired micro hydro-electric plant served to demonstrate the new material and technique, and a boarding school is now under construction.
As the project progresses, we are happy to see the people of Yangri building their own school and houses, but we are even more excited about what the project is offering along the way. With more reasons to stay in Yangri, bright and energetic youth are finding an education and a challenge in helping reconstruct their village. Instead of finding poverty, crime and pollution in Kathmandu, they are redefining their regional culture and maintaining their agricultural practices. Together, we are averting a pattern of cultural homogenization that we see around the world.