FONA has partnered with the Australian Himalayan Foundation in a joint response to the earthquake in Nepal in 2015. The parties have formed a partnership to share resources, funding and networks to rebuild educational infrastructure in Nepal.
Collaboration with Not for profits
FONA chose to work directly with AHF due to its strong track record delivering education and other programs for remote communities in the Himalayas. AHF had not previously worked outside of the Himalayas, and FONA brought local knowledge, relationships and expertise to expand post-earthquake infrastructure building in this area.
Together FONA and AHF were able to combine their strengths and resources to provide much needed infrastructure. With thanks to the UK Himalayan Trust, a sister organisation to the AHF, for supplying classroom designs, FONA is able to help facilitate the reconstruction of classrooms in the hills area of central Nepal.
The new classrooms will allow students to continue their education and will also be built in accordance with earthquake resilience guidelines. FONA’s Resilient Housing project will also be following these guidelines. The project introduces modern engineering techniques to make the traditional village house safer, but also demonstrates that traditional materials can continue to be used in a safe manner and restore confidence in their use.
FONA is committed to building long-term capacity and enduring benefits in the communities in which we operate. We are building local capacity through community partnerships and encouraging local participation in the rebuild program through contribution of labour, materials and other resources within the community’s means.
The classroom rebuild has commenced and completion is anticipated in mid-2017.