About how and why years later we still do projects directly linked to the earthquakes of 2015.
For a long time Nepal has to deal with the fact that many of its people go to work abroad to earn money. And who can blame them since there is so much poverty in Nepal. Think of the many Nepali working on the construction of the World Cup stadiums in Qatar. That doesn’t always turn out well, because there is much evidence that many of them end up in slavery conditions.
The massive exodus of labor means that there is always a high demand for skilled craftsmen like plumbers, carpenters, contractors, builders and those kind of skills. Since the earthquakes, the demand for these workers is obviously increased tremendously, because there is so much work to be done.
For that reason, the government recently launched an accelerated learning program for 50,000 new artisans, because they are so badly needed. At the same time, we must establish that confidence in the
government and its plans has decreased since the earthquakes. It is therefore questionable whether all this will yield the desired result in the short, medium or long term. Many are extremely skeptical about this.
All this makes that big and small (re) construction- and repair work in Nepal cannot be done as rapid as outsiders would like. Such projects can take more time in Nepal in the best of times, let alone after the earthquakes.
Another thing to consider is that Nepal has to deal with a dry and wet season. Many construction works cannot be performed in the wet season, which runs roughly from June to September.
And anyway: we’re talking about Nepal and things go very differently than hoped and planned for on a regular basis. Always be prepared for the unexpected…