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Earthquake-Proof in the Himalayas

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My guest today is Kateryna Zemskova, CEO and co-founder of Good Earth Nepal.

Kateryna Zemskova, Minnewaska State Park, New York
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Joan Brunwasser: Welcome to OpEdNews, Kateryna. I'm quite sure that most of our readers have not heard of your organization. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Kateryna Zemskova: Hi, Joan. Good Earth Nepal is a New York-based non-profit organization we established after the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake. We teach villagers in the most remote areas of the Himalayas to rebuild their own homes and schools using Earthbag technology, a construction technique which employs ordinary soil from the worksite to build safe, inexpensive and eco-friendly structures.

Our team of Nepali architects and engineers work side by side with families and village builders, helping them rebuild structures destroyed by the earthquake and giving them the skills they need to initiate their own Earthbag projects. We also work with architectural and engineering universities, and from our Kathmandu headquarters have given intensive Earthbag workshops to several hundred Nepali citizens, without charge.

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