On the 25th Aril 2015 Nepal was hit by a strong earthquake registering 7.8Mw, whose epicentre lay in the area near the village of Barpak, approximately 100km west north west of Kathmandu. Almost another 100km west of Barpak as the crow flies lie the group of villages supported by Okhle Village Trust. The initial tremor and aftershocks caused widespread destruction; worst affected were built up areas with a dense population but many rural areas also suffered. In the area around Okhle village, a number of houses were decimated, largely due to their poor construction.
Typically those who lost there houses were the poor who could not afford a higher quality building materals and techniques. Okhle Vllage Trust donated funds to allow those who had lost their property to rebuild to a higher standard.
The school in Sanjur was right off the beaten track. Okhle Village Trust supplied funds to rebuild the school from a pile of rubble into what you see below.
In many instances it was possible even to make improvements to what had previously existed with rainwater harvesting. Kind donations from the WI (Women's Institute) allowed the toys in the nursery to be replaced.