MCA Los Angeles has been in contact with Fr. Joe Thaler of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. At the moment Fr. Joe is in Nepal providing aid and relief with other local groups to those affected by the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015 followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake just two weeks after. He is providing our office with updates every few days of the current situation. Here are some of his words as well as photos:

May 24, 2015: Shelters–Everyone in Nepal is now an “Engineer and Architect”.

Maryknoll along with CDO-Nepal and folks from the village have been working on a “design” for a ‘transitional shelter” to learn more about all that is involved in making one as well as cost for various items like the corrugated tins, and nails and wire and hammers, as well as the sides that may be bamboo, or rock or stone or mud or whatever else might be available in a particular village. It is well noted that one design does not fit all so the more we know about alternatives the better.

In this photo I am with Pradeep’s Dad from CDO along with Mamta from the Maryknoll Staff. Already we are assisting a number of folks with shelters and learning more and more as we go along.

We are also trying to address such issues as how much time it actually takes to construct one, and how strong they actually may be and also what else can be added to them at minimal cost to make them more user friendly, more water proof etc… For example in this one we are actually designing two rooms, one for the kitchen and the other as a living/sleeping quarters. We have also visited a number of other places where “transitional shelters” have been built that also have added ideas. While we were working on this one someone came up to me and said, “everyone in Nepal is now and engineer and architect”, and I find this to be so true. I did add that many are builders as well.

Yes, the clock is ticking for many of the Nepalese. Big news over the last few days is that many Geologists have been sent to earthquake-damaged mountain villages to assess the landslide risks before the rainy season begins. Even today there is news of major landslides in parts of Nepal and talk of major relocation of entire villages in danger of landslides. So the need for shelters is very great!

Thanks for all your support that is getting the shelters built!

Joe

IN NEPAL NOW -EVERYONE IS AN ENGINEER AND ARCHITECT (3)

IN NEPAL NOW -EVERYONE IS AN ENGINEER AND ARCHITECT (4)

MARYKNOLL-CDO AND FOLKS FROM THE VILLAGE BUILDING A SHELTER (5)

MARYKNOLL-CDO AND FOLKS FROM THE VILLAGE BUILDING A SHELTER (6)

MARYKNOLL-CDO AND FOLKS FROM THE VILLAGE BUILDING A SHELTER (7)

MARYKNOLL-CDO AND FOLKS FROM THE VILLAGE BUILDING A SHELTER (8)

MARYKNOLL-CDO AND FOLKS FROM THE VILLAGE BUILDING A SHELTER (9)