Birtamod, Jhapa, Nepal
This year, Base Bahay begins its first international housing project in Birtamod, Nepal.
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Sahara Nepal, Base Bahay has begun training local engineers and workers in the Cement Bamboo Frame Technology for the construction of 37 socialized housing units in the Jhapa distract of Nepal.
The project aims to provide quality homes to 35 families from the district’s urban poor, through the completion of two demo houses by April 2020, followed by the 35 full units by the end of June.
As a developing country with abundantly-growing bamboo, Nepal has welcomed the Cement-Bamboo Frame Technology mixed with local construction techniques adapted to fit both their climate and culture. This is the core of building with the CBFT – bringing quality, disaster-resilient homes that cater to the specific needs of developing countries, while promoting sustainable building technologies.
Additionally, the project ensures that equal opportunities are given to both men and women; this June 2020, a training program was initiated for women in construction labor and masonry work.
The program aims to empower and provide more income opportunities for women from the local community. Further on, the first batch of women that have undergone the training program are expected to train the next batches to be employed in the construction of the 35 Cement-Bamboo Frame Housing units.
Houses to be Built: 37
Beneficiary Profile: Low-income families, urban poor
Area: Birtamod, Jhapa, Nepal
Housing Type: Single-storey Duplex