Build up Nepal

Build up Nepal

Supporting the Nepalese people: Build Up Nepal & Booni

2015 Earthquake

Booni Box,

2015 Earthquake

In 2015 an earthquake 2015 earthquake in Nepal. 500,000 homes still need to be rebuilt. Key reasons for the delay include a lack of affordable housing options and local enterprise as well as bottlenecks in the reconstruction supply-chain. 

Typical living conditions in rural parts of Nepal we visited in 2018. No electricity, hot water and temperatures as low as -2°C at night.

Swedish NGO: Build Up Nepal

Following the earthquake, Build up Nepal started working to rebuild rural villages. Specialising in innovative technologies, enterprise development and construction ecosystem mobilization, they teach rural communities and entrepreneurs how to make their own construction material and build earthquake resistant buildings.

Between 2015- July 2018 they have reconstructed in 100 villages and together with partners they are on track to building more than 1500 homes, 16 schools, 3 health post and 10 community buildings (completed or under construction). See a video here.

Long-term sustainable impact

We, and like many NGOs and charities, believe that the best way to build up Nepal is by empowering local people and using local materials. Build up Nepal works as construction partner to INGOs/NGOs and entrepreneurs helping to start building using local materials providing machines, training, technical support and full project management.

Overview of how it works with BUP

  • Government grants given to individuals who can prove their houses were destroyed during the earthquake are given a grant (in 3 instalments). People can choose to re-build using government support, NGO support or private support.
  • 202 people have sought the support through BUP, of which 34 are women, 26 are couples and 142 are men.
  • BUP provide the innovative technologies and support, training and enable enterprise development whilst facilitating the reconstruction.
  • Using locally sourced materials to build CSEB (Compressed Stabilized Earth Brick) – internationally recognised earthquake resistant construction material produced by compressing soil, sand and cement in a manual machine. Houses built with CSEB are strong, safe, attractive and affordable. There is also therefore no need to produce more expensive, high CO2 emitting fire bricks.
  • Innovative technologies to produce CSEBs – methods uniquely suitable in hilly and mountainous regions due to these areas’ lack of infrastructure and high transportation costs.Booni, Build up Nepal
  • The machines are provided by BUP to build bricks. Between the earthbricks go metal rods to provide the earthquak


booni box

Key stats on this production method

  • 20% – 40% lower cost of construction
  • 5-8 jobs are created in the production alone and further jobs in the
  • Creates long term, local jobs
  • Highly attractive among rural population and approved by the government
  • 60 – 80% less CO2 than building with fired bricks

Key stats

● BUP have enabled the rebuilding in over 150 villages & trained up more than 1250 people
● Establishing a network of 75+ entrepreneurs & Creating 1735 jobs
● 1300 houses & 16 schools already rebuilt at lower cost

Booni & BUP

Booni has committed to raise £5,000 for BUP which will achieve:

-Enable enterprise development
-4 houses built per annum in Dading post fundraise
-14 full time jobs
-20 tonnes of CO2 saving per annum

Future prospects through independent entrepreneurship

Transforming the construction ecosystem to provide safe, affordable, sustainable housing in rural communities across Nepal.

Together with NGOs BUP work to mobilise a construction ecosystem to embed long-lasting sustainable impact. To deliver reconstruction at the scale and pace required, BUP are developing a fast-growing network of 75+ local entrepreneurs that are investing their own money to establish a construction enterprise. The £5,000 Booni investment includes:

● Machines to produce bricks using local materials
● On the job training for entrepreneurs and masons
● Ongoing monitoring, training and support
● A set of government approved house designs
● Support to mobilise local government & community

Stakeholder impact

BUPs method brings together private sector entrepreneurs, local government, NGOs and  community to lead the reconstruction of safe homes.

Local Entrepreneur
Recruitment of a local entrepreneur who invests in machine, training and support. They take the lead in organising the production of CSEB / stones as well as promoting the material to the local community.
Ecosystem, support & training packages de-risks setting up a business. Association with Build Up Nepal brings credibility and access to wider support.

Model houses are used to train entrepreneurs & masons in earthquake resistant construction.
The NGOs also mobilises the community & local leaders as a key part of the ecosystem.
NGOs focus on supporting the most vulnerable and develops an efficient reconstruction ecosystem that benefits & works for all. Funds catalyse a long-lasting sustainable construction value chain locally.

Local Government
Supporting local government to take a central role in long-term mobilisation of community, resources and quality assurance of houses. Local leadership and resources are mobilised and utilised to meet
reconstruction targets.

Local Builders and Masons
Local builders and masons are trained in earthquake resistant construction. Builders and masons gain skills in a safe and low-cost construction technology.

Community & families
Most-vulnerable families rebuild their houses first, as model houses. All families receive training and can use their own labour to rebuild their house at low cost. Vulnerable families are not left behind.
Ecosystem facilitates for all families to rebuild and training improves prospects of employment for family members.

NGOs can focus on supporting the most vulnerable while simultaneously building an effective construction ecosystem benefitting all stakeholders.

All stakeholders are trained to work together in practice to establish a sustainable and efficient construction ecosystem locally.


-Practical Action
-Save the Children
Strong working presence and working relationships in Gorkha, Dhading, Sindhupalchowk, Nuwakot and Rasuwa.

-Practical action (Setting up 40 machines and CSEB enterprises across 5 districts)
-NRNA – Non-resident Nepali Association (17 machines, building 573 houses in Gorkha)
-Raleigh International (3 machines and construction of 27 model houses in Gorkha)
-Tibet Relief fund (Rebuilding school and houses in Sindhupalchowk)
-Tuki Nepal (Construction of 4 schools & 20 houses in Dhading)
-Save the children (Machines, training and model house construction in 5 villages)
-35+ other partners (INGOs/NGOs and local entrepreneurs)

BUP mission: Rebuild 20 000 houses over the next three years.

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