- Completing Namaste Community Service Centre in Ghachowk including the children’s home, office, library, guard house, dining hall, etc. by 2015
- Providing at least 40-50 people per year with tailoring, crafts, agriculture, sustainable farming and other skills as per need
- Expanding our micro finance support to more families,therefore reducing dependency
- Providing support in the form of teacher training, infrastructure development, and other ways depending upon the financial availability
- Supporting local health posts next to our land and providing better services locally
- Working on income-generating projects for partial sustainability
Developing our own children village
Namaste Community Support Centre
The phase one project will focus on making economic, environmental friendly and sustainable designs. We are now focusing on raising money for:
- Fencing and footpath
- Office and guard house with utility store (Ground and First Floor)
- Common kitchen and dining hall including the kitchen staff living space and vocational training upstairs for computer, plumbing, electrician, etc.
- Constructing ground floor of 2 storied children home to accommodate approximately 96 children of different ages (separate boys and girls block as per government policies.)
The Village will also focus on caring for the environment by utilizing environmentally sustainable practices and technologies like: biogas, solar cooking system, solar panel for electricity, etc. so as to not only reduce its own impact, but to also set an example to others in Nepal. An organic vegetable garden will be included. A group of architects has finalized the building structures of Namaste Community Service Centre in close cooperation with the NCF Director – Visma Raj Paudel.
The aim of our building construction strategy is to involve and mobilize local builders, manpower and materials. An experienced Nepali supervisor will be hired to oversee the progress of the construction. People from the International community will be invited and encouraged to volunteer and help NCF during this time, if possible, for digging the infrastructure, planting the vegetable garden, painting, etc. If individuals or groups would like to contribute to the project but are not able to be here physically, they can get involved by raising money for materials such as electrical goods, wall boards, paint, etc.
The Village Development Committee, along with other local government offices, has finalized the construction permit. There are no obstacles to building and developing the necessary infrastructure in this region.
With the purpose of building a village from the ground up it is seen as the perfect opportunity to include some of the best environmental practices available in Nepal. This will not only make the village as economically, environmentally and social sustainable as possible but also set an example for others and for future developments to follow.
- A natural filtration system will be used to process the wastewater from the kitchen and bathrooms.
- All hot water will be heated using a solar system
- Bio gas produced by the village’s animal waste will also be used for cooking
- Photo voltaic /solar panels are being investigated and will be installed if economically and environmentally viable.
- An organic garden will be used to produce food for the children and to teach them growing techniques. This will both save the money and improve the health of the children. Currently in Nepal, the heavy use of insecticides is a serious health concern.
- The garbage will be divided into recyclables and non-recyclables and disposed of accordingly. Food and gardening waste will be composted for vegetable gardens.
- A botanical garden will be developed to act as a carbon sink; provide somewhere for the children and visitors to learn about their natural environment, and to provide shelter.
- Life stock will be kept to provide milk and eggs etc for the village and their waste will produce gas for cooking. Children will be able to learn about their care and management.
Tentative Estimates for First Phase
|S. No||Building Name||Amount (Rs)||Euros = 100|
|1.||Fencing and footpath||850,000||8,500|
|2.||Children House (for 80 children) – Ground floor||11,802,300||118,023|
|3.||Common kitchen/Dinning/Vocational training – Ground||5,245,032||52,450|
|4.||Office, Guard House and utility store||4,430,018||44,300|
|Total Cost without overheads||22,327,350||223,273|
10 % Overhead costs
5 % Contingency fund
|Total Net (Rs.)||25,676,453||256,764|
Note: Above mentioned cost is based on simple type finishing on tentative of area rate basis of recent market rate. Cost always depends upon size and the finishing materials of construction. Approximately, 10% price in raw materials and labour increase of every year.
Future developments for the Village will be completed in the following stages as funding allows.
- A guest house for volunteers and visitors (they will be charged a small fee for the accommodation).
- Development of Income generating related infrastructures (depend upon the fund and reliability analysis)
- Vocational training centre including living space for students and staff.
depends upon the financial availability and regular support
- Building and creating a home for approximately 50 disabled children and supporting staff
- A home for at least 25 elderly people and staff to care for them.