Where We Work

Topka, Nepal

Sustainable & Seismic Resistant School

The assessment was focused in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. This region was affected more by the second earthquake, or strong aftershock, that occured on May 12th, 2015. It registered a 7.3 magnitude.

We were focused on sustainable, disaster resistant structures in remote areas that had been overlooked by larger  INGO’s due to the lostical struggle of working there.

We completed this assessment in November, 2015 and immediately began raising funds and designing the structure after deciding on a small school to provide shelter for the students of Topka, who were forced to study outside once their school was demolished during the earthquake.

We were set to break ground the first week of January.

We were able to make this happen with the assist of local organizations streamlining the paperwork process. Amazing commitment from our small team of core volunteers and the support and aid of the community.

Our goal was to complete the build in 3 months. The school opened on April 1st, 2016, on schedule.

100% of all donations went directly to the school. All work was carried out by 70+ volunteers that came to work with us.

Read the full story here.

Exuma Islands, Bahamas

Resiliency through Food Security

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahama Islands, lingering, between August 24th-September 10th, 2019. Decimating the Abaco islands and creating billions of dollars of destruction on Grand Bahama. The death toll has been somewhat controversial as there were many Haitian immigrants in the Abaco’s that were undocumented and not counted. In the first few days the number bounced around quite a bit before landing on a much lower number than was previously stated.

In the aftermath, many survivors of the Abaco’s relocated to the Exuma Islands.

Fast forward…

Amongst a conversation with our team member Drew, focusing on the quality and access of nutritional, locally grown food. It became obvious the lack of soil and the quality of what did exist created barriers to sustaining a food system for the population.

Working with the Grow Exuma branch of the Exuma Foundation who have been doing some amazing work around their permaculture campus and raising youth awareness and participation through their apprenticeship program. I was introduced to the idea of “pot-hole” farming, in a completely new sense. Due to the lack of land, people would find holes in the limestone and attempt to plant in.

So the conversation began around Aquaponic and Hydroponic Systems, neither of which have been introduced to the Exuma’s, but are having success in other areas of the Bahamas and Caribbean. The Blue Atlas team has grown and we now have three people dedicating time, knowledge and heart to making this happen. All with the gracious support of the Glasscock Family Foundation.

More details coming soon!

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