LANGTANG VALLEY GETS STORAGE FACILITIES FOR REBUILDING
The village of Langtang was one of the hardest hit during the April 25th earthquake. A giant piece of ice broke loose from high above and destroyed the village killing over 300 people on this major trekking route.
Austin Lord was hiking in the region with his family when the earthquake hit and they narrowly escaped harm. Since that time he has been working closely with the Langtang community and the majority of the people have decided to rebuild their homes and lives in the valley. He helped to establish Rasuwa Relief to facilitate this and other projects.
WeHelpNepal has given a $10,000 grant to help build or refurbish 4 storage facilities so the community can move building materials up the valley and stage the reconstruction in this remote mountain area far from the nearest road. Some of the funds have also been used for the Langtang Memory Center Project that will be a living memorial of oral histories, photographs, videos and more to commemorate what has been lost. This is at the request of the people from Langtang.
Construction of homes and community centers will commence in the spring and the storage facilities will be invaluable at that time to move materials strategically into the mountains and prevent theft of the building materials. The project should be complete within the next couple of months.
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