Cycling for Sanitation

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NCRR Formed after the April 26th 2015 Earthquake which hit the central region of Nepal. After giving Aid and relief to many regions, the NGO group decided to rebuild all seven schools in the Sikhra Besi, Nuwakot District in a project titled “Seven Schools in Seven Weeks

As the schools are now presently under construction, a group of Dutch cyclists has formed to raise money to build toilets and supply water tanks and water filtration systems to the schools. The back story behind the group is that they where shedualed to start a mountain biking tour with Himalayan Single Track, who are the founders of NCRR on the day the Earthquake Struck. The group was actually in the airport when it happened and despite the confusion managed to get out and deliver some small form of Aid via Cycle to the Southern Parts of the Kathmandu Valley. After staying in the capital for only four days, the group left and resolved to come back to Nepal to complete their cycling tour and also give something back to the communities that where so badly effected by the Earthquake.

Rural Nepal suffers for disease spread by open defecation and it is very rare to find toilets in remote areas. Open defecation has a direct impact on the natural water sources especially during the heavy rain falls incurred in the monsoon.

Teaching hygienic habits and the use of toilets in schools is small step in the right direction to healthier kids and healthier villagers.

NCRR have chosen to work on the rebuilding of village schools as part of our building phase. School buildings within Nepalese villages are an integral part of the social network, community and social structure of a village. Not only are schools a place for education and a safe, supervised place for parents to leave their children, they also represent community centres. They are more important now than ever as they are a safe place for children to go to while parents clear and rebuild.

Shikhra Besi VDC is located about 120km North of Kathmandu (by Road) at base of Langtang Lugri Himalaya in Nuwakot Jila (District), one of the most heavily affected areas after the earthquake. The terrain is steep and rocky. 50% of the VDC has rough jeep road access. 80% of the wards are only accessed by walking.

BUDGET (Provisional Estimated Budget)

NCRR – To Proivde 90% of the funding. Local people to provide 10% of the funding this creates ownership of the project. 10% can be in the form of materials, labor and other help

Transport – US$1775
Estimated 5 trips @ US$355 per trip includes Jeep, Heavy Truck and Motorbike. 4 tonne of materials can be transported per trip.

Labour – US$400
Labour – $10 per person per day
Estimate 4 workers – 10 days

Rain Water Harvesting System –
US$800 (Water Tank) x 7 schools (US$5600)
Filtration system US$250 x 7 schools (US$1750)
Quoted by Smart Pani

Toilets (Dry Bio Toilets) – US$1000 per School = US$7000 (Includes all materials, foundations etc)

When building the schools and toliets we plan to use local manpower as labor for carting goods, manual work and also employ skilled local people for carpentry , masonry etc.

A REPEAT EVENT – As Nepal is a geographically unstable country, there is a high probability of a repeat event. NCRR are very mindful of this probability in any rebuild, ensuring that the rebuild phase is done following the best earthquake resilient building practices.

To help the team “Cycle for Sanitation” you an donate today via our page on Youcaring

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