Rebuild Barpak

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 11/06/2017

Rebuild Barpak


Technology field of reference: Cooking, Lighting, Powering

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Education, Health, Early Recovery & Livelihoods, Logistics, Shelter, Telecommunications

Population type: Other

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Barpak Village in Gorkha district, Nepal was at the epicenter of the 7.6 M earthquake in 2015, and has suffered enormous and devastating loss. Countless people died, and 95% of the 1200 homes in the village were completely destroyed. Prior to the earthquake, Barpak was widely known as shining example of rural development and rural electrification, with 24/7 access to electricity, internet connectivity, excellent public schools, health services, and thriving rural enterprises. A volunteer group of young Nepalese professionals in Washington, DC, have come together under the Gorkhaly Foundation to address this issue. In partnership with Nepal Ko Yuwa, a 501(c)(3) entity, and Bir Bahadur Ghale, an Ashoka Fellow and energy access entrepreneur, the Gorkhaly Foundation has launched the Rebuild Barpak Campaign as part Nepal Rising, an ongoing global effort to rebuild Nepal. Based on a community-driven plan, Rebuild Barpak will help the Barpakis access support from the public, private, and civil society sectors. Its objective is to ensure that the affected people in Barpak and adjoining villages receive resilient infrastructure and essential services - including food, health, education, energy services, and communications - in an affordable manner. The ultimate success for this campaign will be a rebuilt Barpak, with a stronger community and resilient, sustainable infrastructure. Intermediately, successes for Rebuild Barpak might include:1. Collaborating with Barpak in preparing a medium to long term recovery and rebuilding plan. 2. Raising funds for providing relief supplies, as needed. 3. Finding resources such as public sector support, grants, investments, and partners to rebuild housing and public infrastructure. 4. Finding resources and partners to support local enterprises and entrepreneurs.5. Serving as a model for rebuilding other villages.


Unnamed Road, Barpak, Nepal

Starting and ending date

From 11/06/2017 to 11/06/2017

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

1200 households of Barpak with around 15,000 people and people from adjoining villages will benefit from our engagement. The electricity service will also help in operating an agro-processing mill for food security, communications equipment, and cell phone charging; public facilities such as schools and health posts; and equipment for construction work.

Names of implementing partners

Gorkhaly Foundation, Nepal Ko Yuwa

Funding sources