27th February 2017

Our team in Nepal: a day in the life

Dambar Thapa is currently working on one of our major school projects in a remote part of western Nepal.

Siddartha Lower Secondary School was destroyed by the earthquakes in 2015. By November 2016, we’d begun work on new, quake-resistant buildings for its 140 pupils. The project is due to be completed in May this year, giving the children proper shelter in time for the monsoon rains.

Dambar has been living on-site since construction started and will continue to live there until the school is complete. He manages to return home once a month and whenever else work allows. The living conditions within the village are very basic but he doesn’t make a fuss about it.


Dambar originally comes from Lamachour in Pokhara where he attended a local boarding school. He went on to achieve a diploma in civil engineering at the Western Regional Campus in Pokhara. Dambar has been working with our field team as a Project Supervisor building schools for nearly three years now.

Dambar’s father sadly died 13 years ago and he lives with his mother, elder brother, sister-in-law and his two nephews.

A day in Dambar’s life

A typical day in the field starts at about 5am when he wakes up to have a cup of tea. He listens to the news on his mobile phone and checks the weather forecast for the day ahead. He then gets washed, dressed and starts his building work.

Dambar directs local labourers in the construction team

Dambar is currently supervising the construction of a two-block building, each with three classrooms. Dambar’s work party consists of around 24 locally enlisted civilians, including two carpenters and nine skilled masons.

After a quick dinner in the evening with his storeman, Dambar catches up with paperwork. He winds down by watching one of his favourite Bollywood films on his phone before getting some much-needed sleep.

Dambar relaxes after a hard day of construction work

Dambar is passionate about his job and keeps his team happy and motivated. He has a great working relationship with the School Management Committee and the locals enjoy working with him. We asked him how he feels about his job:

“I enjoy moving from one place to another every year. It gives me great pleasure to share my technical experience and increase the standard of the locally enlisted civilians. They will then eventually use the experience in their own communities to rebuild and reconstruct their own houses.”

How can you help?

The work of Dambar and the rest of our dedicated field team is only possible thanks to the generosity of our supporters. You can help them to build more schools by donating to our work.

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