After attending our post-Nepal Earthquake masonry training, seasoned local mason, Phurba Tamang realised that he had not been using construction techniques that could withstand disasters.

“I know now the reason the houses collapsed. I will use the knowledge, skills and techniques I learned from this training to construct earthquake resistant buildings. I can teach the other villagers too.”

The 36 trained masons currently take on an active role in rebuilding their community and enjoy increased job opportunities.

In April 2015, Durga Rana’s world collapsed around her when the Nepal Earthquake struck.

“I am lucky to be alive.”

Despite losing her home and having to move into a makeshift tent by a jungle, Durga is determined to continue to provide for her family. Choosing not to wait for handouts, she works tirelessly selling pigeon feed to tourists in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.