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Nepal Communitere Is Looking For A Few Good Interns!

designforindiegogo1We’ve just opened up two new internships at our Resource Center in Kathmandu. We are currently recruiting for a Communications Intern and Engineering Intern to help us in Nepal. Visit Nepal Communitere’s website to see if these positions are right for you!

 

Cargotecture Challenge!

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 2.10.57 PMNepal Communitere is thrilled to announce the donation of twelve, 20 foot shipping containers. This gives us the unique opportunity to build the Nepal Communitere Resource Center and Innovation Hub in the heart of Kathmandu using Cargotecture Technology, a building system using recycled ISO shipping containers. This will make our Resource Center durable, securable, sustainable and easy to relocate if necessary.

We invite you to be a part of our Design Challenge by sending us your best, most innovative designs for our Resource Center. If you’re an architect, designer or just fancy giving it a go, please email your ideas to [email protected] Challenge ends August 9th.

Elements to include in your design:
• Private and co-working office space
• 60 person conference hall
• 3D printing and computer lab
• Reception area
• Fusion of modern and traditional Nepali design
• Alternative and green building techniques (biotecture!)
• Tool workshop
• Bathrooms
• Less than a 5,000 sq. ft. footprint

Watch our Facebook page for more updates. And good luck!

Nepal Communitere’s Resource Center is Taking Shape!

DESIGN WORKSHOPCommunitere’s Executive Director, Sam Bloch, has just returned to Kathmandu where, for the next few weeks, he will be working with the brilliant Communitere team that has been on the ground since just after the devastating earthquakes in April. Job #1 is to secure the land where we will build out our Nepal Resource Center and Innovation Lab and to continue to work with the local community to finalize the design of the Resource Center – a process that was started at the very inspiring and productive Design Workshop last month.

We are happy to announce that the Resource Center itself is going to be built around a very innovative concept: working with designers, the team is creating a Resource Center made entirely of shipping containers! The space, constructed with 12 containers, will include a tool lending library, a workshop, teaching space, a training center, 3D printing lab and more.

The local support and enthusiasm for the Resource Center has been amazing. The need for the kind of resources that Communitere will provide to the local and international communities is something that has long been needed in Nepal and we are thrilled to be working closely with local and international partners to make it a reality.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress over the next few weeks, including the launch of our fundraising campaign and US-based tool drive that will kick off soon!

 

Update June 4 – Communitere’s Nepal Response

Communitere’s Executive Director, Sam Bloch, arrived in Kathmandu this past Saturday and has been in a whirlwind of meetings with local and international organizations to discuss the current situation and get a realistic read on the needs of the community.

He has been gratified to find there is overwhelming support for a Communitere Resource Center that focuses on rebuilding and skills training … and has found that the need for a workshop with tools that the local and international communities can use is something that predated the recent earthquake.

Everyone that Sam has met with is excited that Communitere has the experience and support to bring a Resource Center to Nepal.  Stay tuned for updates!

 

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Communitere’s Nepal Response – Update

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While Communitere’s first responder was in Nepal, he helped us to assess the needs of the people who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the country on April 25th. The devastation is widespread: the current death toll has reached over 8,019, the number of injured has climbed to 17,866 and over 10% of the country’s homes were destroyed or damaged. Another, more recent, 7.3 earthquake that struck on May 11, has increased these numbers and intensified the need in Nepal.

Communitere’s priority has been to identify long term solutions and assess the need for Communitere to deploy to Kathmandu to do what we do best: serve a community fractured by disaster by bridging the gaps in aid and creating an environment where resources can be shared. Our deployment plans are currently underway and experienced teams are at work managing logistics in San Francisco, Sydney and Manila. We have also identified new local and international partners on the ground in Kathmandu who will be an integral part of our deployment.

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Communitere is currently receiving donations to facilitate our deployment. We are gratified at the fundraising response so far as the amount of funds raised will be a factor in determining the scope of our long term deployment. Please consider making a donation today. It’s easy, fast and is an incredibly meaningful way to make a difference in a place where so many people are experiencing such unimaginable need. To make a donation, please click here.

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Communitere is also currently looking for a team of qualified, committed volunteers to help out with our response, no matter where they are based in the world. The need for help cannot be overstated. Our current deployment positions include Nepal Deployment Officer, Assistance Deployment Officer, Center Manager, Logistics, Administrative Coordinator and Nepal Fundraising Coordinator. Click here to read more about these positions. If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out our form and we’ll contact you with more information.

Thank you again and stay tuned for more updates!

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