Disaster Relief and School Reconstruction

Project Description

One Step Projects is collaborating with local and international organizations, educational institutions, and community stakeholders to rebuild a school in Badegaun, Nepal using earthquake-proof technology and locally-sourced materials. The first step involves following human-centered design principles to develop cheap, replicable, innovative solutions to implement in Badegaun to construct a ‘model school’. After construction, designs and results will be shared with the wider community.

Project Details

Date: Ongoing
Teams: School 
Project Team Members:
Brandon Reynante
Richard Oxford
Ishan Timalsina
Lena Arnautova
Nitya Timalsina

Safe and long-lasting infrastructure

Developing an earthquake-resistant school to enable the children of Badegaun to attend school and build a brighter future through good education.

Cost-effective and replicable

Our designs are created with replicability and cost-effectiveness in mind. The community plays a direct role in the assessment and implementation stages of our project.

Past Highlights

After the devastating earthquakes throughout Nepal in 2015, One Step Projects volunteers partnered with nonprofits and medical teams on the ground to provide aid to 11 areas in Nepal. Some highlights included:

  • Remotely coordinated medical aid delivery directly after the earthquakes.

  • Organized fundraisers and vigils within the U.S. to raise awareness and maximize aid aggregation.

  • Helped provide semi-permanent housing for a village of nearly 500 households in Semjong, Dhading District, Nepal.

  • Provided assistance to rebuild 6 schools throughout Gorkha.

  • Conducted site assessments and surveys for potential future projects in Nalang, Dhading; Badegaun, Sindhupalchok; and Pimaltar, Central Region, Nepal.

Following these activities, One Step Projects partnered with Global TIES at the University of California, San Diego to collaborate with engineering students to develop customized solutions for Badegaun, Sindhupalchok. To date, we have developed over 35 projects ranging from earthquake-proof school designs to pest-proof grain storage systems that decrease post-harvest grain loss by over 30%!

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Rebuilding a school

Rebuilding a school in Badegaun, Nepal and giving new life to a village once devastated by massive earthquakes.

Creating healthy communities

Developing community-led programs to boost the health and well-being of communities struggling with water access, proper sanitation, and recurring health issues.

Developing novel solutions

Partnering with local and international organizations, educational institutions, and experts to understand problems and develop customized solutions for the long-term.

One Step Projects is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 

EIN: 47-5517778