It was April 2015 when all of Nepal was hit by a huge natural disaster. A sequence of powerful earthquakes devastated both the homes and the lives of many people. A huge effort has been made to recover and rebuild the destroyed houses and families. However, not all possess the necessary means and not all areas are well accessible. Following the initiative of Cas de Stoppelaar, the Consul General of Nepal to the Netherlands, TU Delft commenced the multidisciplinary student program “Shock Safe Nepal” – a program that allows engineering students of any specialty to apply and expand TU Delft’s research on earthquakes and earthquake safe constructions through field and volunteer work in disaster areas.
The fact remains that a large portion of the Nepali population lives in rural areas, which have very few expedients and poor accessibility. These people have in turn little knowledge and expertise regarding the (re)construction of earthquake safe housing. Both the lack of knowledge and resources resulted in total devastation in rural areas, with little or no centralized or organized aid at their disposal. Yet it is inevitable that an earthquake or earthquakes will recur, the only uncertainty remains when.
This project serves the purpose of helping to rebuild the rural areas of Nepal, in such a way that the houses will be shock safe and the Nepalese people are supported in the development of their country. With the help of this project a bridge can be formed between the people of Nepal and shock safe building. Shock Safe Nepal aims at providing the bridge between the knowledge on earthquake safe construction and the people of Nepal.
The last team that performed research in Nepal validated the pilot house and created a long-term plan for the implementation of earthquake resistant building not only in Ratankot, but also in other rural areas. This project serves the purpose of researching on how to rebuild the rural areas of Nepal, in such a way that the Nepalese people are supported in the development of their country. With the help of this project a bridge can be formed between the people of Nepal and research in earthquake resilient building. Through cooperation, exchanging ideas and feedback, training and setting up systems, we hope to realize our objective.