Builders Without Borders in 2018

Builders Without Borders 2018 – Sustainable Rebuilding in Nepal

In response to the 2015 Nepal earthquakes, a dedicated Builders Without Borders team designed and built the first straw bale house in Nepal in 2018 with its Nepali partner, the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF)

The Paral Ko Ghar (Straw House) uses local, natural materials to create safe, durable, affordable, and culturally appropriate shelter. The earthquake-safe straw bale wall system is “shake table” tested, and reinforced with bamboo and nylon fishing net.

The guesthouse showcases its straw bale and straw-clay walls, bamboo floor and roof structure, and durable clay and lime plasters to visitors and the regional community. Local men and women were trained in these building systems while they shared traditional Nepali building methods and use of materials.

In 2019 finish work will bring the project to completion and future projects will be explored. Your support makes this ongoing work possible! Tax-deductible donations are welcome at

See a photo tour of the project below (.4mb PDF).


Thank you and best wishes in the New Year, from BWB co-directors Martin Hammer and Catherine Wanek.