Thursday, January 16, 2014


On December 30, 2013,  
17 volunteers from USA  & Canada worked along with Habitat for Humanity Nepal’s partner organization Shrijana Development Center in Pokhara to build two cement and block houses for Man Maya Gurung and Saraswoti B.K. Throughout the 12 days, the team mixed mortar, laid the concrete blocks and carried cement blocks and water. The volunteers from older age group helped in building wall, plastering, flooring the two houses. 
Home partner Saraswoti B.K( middle) with her son Manish  interacting with the volunteers at the house dedication ceremony

Volunteers share a warm moment with home partner Man Maya (middle) at the house dedication ceremony


 Volunteers shared their experience:

The build was a great way to experience a new culture and to learn from all the folks who came to help and provide two new homes for the families.—Rebecca Heine


                                                                   My favorite memory about the build is the teamwork both among Habitat team as well as with the home owners and the local mason, Ram and his team. As simple as it was, even just passing cement block was special because it was an effect where we all pulled together to get a job done. I liked that we found solution to problems. Again, as a team and everyone was so collaborative. — Gary Exelbert (left)Team work made hard work a lot of fun. — Jeff Brohinsky (right)

The best part of the build was the team. I am so impressed with each members and their energy, commitment and compassion  
 – Douglas Campbell

Team Leader:
The warmth and love we received from the families made the build very special and we all appreciate the way Ram treated us as real partners and allowed us to participate in every part of the construction. –Colin Wild (left)and Janet Caffray (right):

What a joy it was to work alongside the lovely families getting these two houses. Work is not toil when friends are involved. –Susie Garczynski


I have too many ‘favorite’ memories from our trip to name one. I loved the kids at the site, the families who worked right alongside us during the build and the teamwork lead efficiently by Janet and Collin and our Habitat host coordinator, Amit. Proud to be a part of such an awesome group. – Pamela DiSalvo

The team working together on all duties was a great feeling – Wilfred London

I will remember all the help the young children gave to us and their wonderful enthusiasm –Nancy Matula


I will remember the team working together and getting progress made. I like when there is a plan for the day and we don’t have to wait to find jobs to do. Good to have a boss in charge. It is a great feeling to build a house with some family members. We had a warm reception from the community.—Monica Holmes


The amazing part of the build was watching the walls go up from floor to ceiling. This team was impressive to work with. The leadership was superb!—Daphne Lewis


I learned how to mix the mortar, dig and to work happily with the team and the Nepalese.—Valarie Lewis

Digging with beautiful smile: Susan Sluser

 The last day of build : House dedication ceremony


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