7th November 2014, 9:19am
Students to design better future for communities in Nepal
Lincs2Nepal Architecture students will use their design skills to benefit disadvantaged communities in Nepal thanks to the launch of a pioneering new initiative at the University of Lincoln, UK.

The Lincs2Nepal charity was set up by Garry Goddard in 2009 to improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest children. Since its inception, the organisation has been dedicated to providing shelter, food, clothing, education and medicine to orphaned and trafficked children in the South Asian country. It currently supports the full time education of more than 200 children.

A new arm of the charity has now been established that will focus on designing and constructing buildings for Nepalese communities in the slums of Kohalpur and surrounding areas.

The Lincs2Nepal Design Association was created by Rosie Elvin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design. It draws on the expertise of Architecture students, designers, academics, practising professionals and charity workers to support valuable building projects.

Lincs2Nepal has already created a multi-use building in Kohalpur thanks to its 75 Friends scheme – through which 75 supporters donate £100 to meet the total building costs of £7,500. The shelter is currently being used as a school room during the day, and a shelter for 23 homeless families at night.

Under the next phase of the project, the Lincs2Nepal Design Association will create a versatile proposal for the interior of the 75 Friends building, so that it can meet an even broader range of needs.

Garry Goddard said: “While staying in the slum area of Kohalpur, I began to understand the problems that these amazing people face every day. They have no access to healthcare, education or sanitation, and during monsoon season, the weather can often wash their mud huts away and leave them completely homeless.

“The multi-use brick building is therefore a vital addition to the community, and the first phase is now complete - the shell is up, and the aluminium roof, doors and windows have been fitted. We are proud to be working with the Lincs2Nepal Design Association, which will now design the interior of the building to provide the community with the versatility it needs.”

The association is already working on proposals for the building, which will ensure that it can act as an education centre for children and adults, and house community groups, family planning clinics and health and hygiene posts. Students from Lincoln’s BA Architecture and BA Interior Architecture and Design programmes have also submitted briefs as part of a competition to design the community’s first ever toilet block, which will provide sanitation and prevent many waterborne diseases. The winning design, created by student Amira Taib, will now be considered for construction in Nepal.

Project lead Rosie Elvin said: “Our designs for the 75 Friends building must be extremely versatile to ensure that it can be easily accessible to the whole community. It is also vital that we consult the community as part of our design process so that we can deliver the facilities the people of Kohalpur want and need.

“We are delighted to be working with Garry and the Lincs2Nepal team on such a valuable initiative. The Lincs2Nepal Design Association offers our students a unique opportunity to work on live projects, making a real difference to the lives of people in Kohalpur. They will also be able to travel to Nepal to support the project, work alongside members of the community and see their designs being brought to fruition.”

Rosie and Trevor Elvin, from Lincoln’s School of Architecture & Design, will also embark on a research project as part of the initiative. Together with University of Lincoln alumni Tom Longley and Richard Wood, now based in London and Hong Kong respectively, and engineer Rupert Inman, they will take a holistic look at architecture and community in the slum areas of Nepal.

For more information, visit the Facebook pages for Lincs2Nepal and the Lincs2Nepal Design Association: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lincs2Nepal/183256948393912?sk=info / https://www.facebook.com/#!/lincs2nepaldesignassociation.
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