My days with Dr. Bishnu Pandey, a world expert in reconstruction after earthquakes

Dr. Bishnu Pandey, born in Nepal, is a teacher in structural engineering at BCIT in Vancouver and a world expert in reconstruction. He has been to forty different countries affected by earthquakes over the last ten years. In 2005 he was in Pakistan after a 7.6 earthquake that killed more then 80.000 people. I contacted BCIT a few months ago and heard that Bishnu and his engineering team were still working on reconstruction projects in Nepal so I contacted him. We set up an interview with Bishnu at the Institute for Earthquakes in Kathmandu and traveled a few days with […]

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The road less traveled!!!

  After a few days rest in Kathmandu we travelled with Rob Tournour, owner of the masonry company in Victoria. Rob started an organization called “Another Brick For Nepal”. (see picture). His goal is to build schools throughout Nepal. To visit his first project we had to travel over a 1200-meter mountain pass, with steep cliffs (no site railings!!) and limited sections of road for about hundred meters and then huge broken portions. Although flying to and from Lukla is a challenge, I start to believe that driving on the roads here is much worse. We had a major storm […]

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Back in Kathmandu

I have arrived back in Kathmandu after a harrowing flight from Lukla. We were delayed by 7 hours but that is nothing compared to some delays that can take a few days. However we hit the tail of a major storm; the plane was bouncing up and down and the flight took twice as long. I must confess I was quite happy when we landed safely in Kathmandu! I have always been curious to find out what actually happens the first day(s) when an earthquake hits and who will be in charge. On April 25, 2015 it was Colonel Sanu […]

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Back on “trek” to Lukla

It has been an amazing and rewarding experience to not only witnessing the rebuilding of the villages but also to enjoy the beauty of the Khumbu valley. It’s fascinating to see hundreds of donkeys and cows coming up with bags of cement and boys with re-bar, plywood and other building materials on their backs. At one time we had a complete traffic jam with donkeys, yaks, cows and yes…. trekkers. Trekking is not for the faint of heart. We crossed the top bridge (see picture) on our way to Namche. These two bridges were featured in the opening of the […]

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Nepal continued – leaving Khumjung

When we left Khumjung this morning it was dejavu all over again. It had snowed during the night and the trek out of Khumjung was totally magical. Then an 18 km trek to Tame, which doesn’t sound a lot, but in the mountains this is a six- hour trek. I have to admit that I was exhausted when we reached Tame. We passed people with re-bar, cement, and large pieces of plywood on their backs, carrying these materials all the way from Namche. We met with more children, who were immensely grateful and happy to get more of our donated […]

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