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Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund is collaborating with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) to implement earthquake-safe, culturally and environmentally sensitive rebuilding in the Thame Valley. The project’s technical design process will be led by ETH Zurich’s Chair of the Department of Architecture, which focuses on combining the skills of expert architects, civil engineers with the interests of local stakeholders and livelihood systems in developing nations, and ETH Zurich’s Department Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (IBK).
Four months after the devastating earthquake of 25 April, 2015 Thame Valley locals have been rapidly constructing shelters through the monsoon before the onset of autumn. Most families are making rough, one-story, one-room saam homes out of salvaged rock and other materials.
In August 2015, a joint team of Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund members and experts representing the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) traveled to the Thame Valley to observe and learn about local construction methods, assess reconstruction needs, identify priority projects, and impart improved knowledge of earthquake-safe reconstruction.
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Damage assessment and progress update from Thame Valley, 48 hours after the May 12th earthquake. Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund is leading community-based efforts to organize on the ground.
Lakpa Rita describes the events at Everest Base Camp and the damage wreaked on Thame Valley villages following the earthquake on April 25th, 2015 to Outside Magazine.
At 12:50pm local time, a M7.3 earthquake has hit just off the Thame Valley. We are holding out for word from family and friends in Thame and other parts of Nepal.