Archive for August, 2016

Nepal House Complete — Summer 2016

Jon Ross on Aug 31st 2016


When a natural disaster strikes somewhere in the world, like the recent earthquakes in Italy and in Myanmar, people often ask, “What can I do to help?”

Here at MicroAid, we have the answer: Go and rebuild people’s homes and get them back to their normal lives!

I am happy to report that the MicroAid house for our beneficiary family in Nepal is complete!

As you know, the Balram family lost their home in the Gorkha earthquake in April 2015.

While the Nepalese government has not rebuilt a single home, and has made it almost impossible for the other big NGOs to help, MicroAid has provided a permanent, comfortable, and safe home for this family for generations to come.


This was what they were living in when I arrived in Nepal in March.  There was no way they were ever going to rebuild the home they had lost:


Balram family quonset hut


This is the house MicroAid built for them.


katunje site konstans view w glass (1)


During construction:


katunje site skyview1


balram family fest dress


This was their old bathroom/outhouse:


katunje site outhouse old (1)


Now they have indoor plumbing.


katune site bathroom w toilet (1)


The interior of the old shack was dark and cramped and leaky, hot in the summer, cold in the winter:


Balram family quonset interior


New interior—light airy, secure, and weather-tight—with electric lights:


katunje site front door int (1)


katunje site light fixture w doors int (1)


The Balram family will live comfortably in this house for many generations to come.

Thank you for contributing to this important work: helping people directly, efficiently, and completely.

When anyone asks what you have done to help the survivors of disasters, you can show them these photos… and please continue to support MicroAid International.

Namaste to you and your family,


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Nepal House Project – Spring/Summer 2016

Jon Ross on Aug 10th 2016



I hope all is well with you.


katunje site tree view11


So, I have truly learned the meaning of “Nepali time”: It means slow. After four months of construction, we are very close to being done with the new home for our beneficiary family. All the plaster, plumbing, and electrical work is done, but there are still a few last details to be finished. We will be putting glass in the windows and installing doors within the next couple of weeks!



katunje site interior wiring wall cut



More than 16 months after the earthquake, where 650,000 homes were destroyed, the Nepali government has not rebuilt a single one… and it has not allowed the other NGOs to do so, either. MicroAid has!


katunje site interior plaster complete 1


By working directly with a survivor family, we have set an example for future disaster reconstruction in that country. Many people, including heads of other international organizations, have come to visit our site.


katunje site slab pour


As difficult as this project has been—construction, culture, environment, people—it has been a fascinating experience, and we have really done some good work and been of great service.


balram - sangita and samip


At least this Nepali family will have a solid, safe, comfortable home for generations to come.

Thank you for supporting this important work.



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