During this past March Break, Mentor College proudly sent a team of dedicated and hard-working Habitat students (Saraya Ali, Arjan Dhillon, Jashan Dhillon, Danylo Duvalko, Mykyta Duvalko, Emma Easton, Graeme Inglis, Alexander Jairam, Aidan Kokorudz, Marissa Parker, Partha Patel, Victoria Rich, Fabian Singh) to help build a home for a Nepalese family in Birtamode, Jhapa. In Southern Nepal, where the build took place, bamboo is the predominant building material and homes are constructed of bamboo wall panels and a mud and cow dung based plaster.
Using sustainable local resources, the Mentor team worked at a vigorous pace for 6 full days, in an effort to complete the home. Tasks performed each day included measuring, cutting, splitting and weaving bamboo as well as mixing cement and plaster. Throughout the build, students also enjoyed meeting and interacting with local community members. The unforgettable experience came to an end with a memorable closing ceremony in which community leaders offered thanks and engaged our students in traditional ceremonial procedures.
After a hard week at work, the team then enjoyed some rest and relaxation time in Kathmandu. Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Kathmandu Valley is an area rich with culture and history. The team was able to visit several ancient sites, including the Swayambunath (Monkey) temple, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Students also enjoyed trying their hand at preparing and cooking traditional Nepali cuisine! Mr. McCallen, Ms. Spares, and Ms. Brady were very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with such mature and responsible students and would like to thank each team member for making this trip such a memorable experience! Namaste!