Our Work in Nepal

Our Work in Nepal

Social Design in Action – MTS in Nepal When we talk about humanitarian design and three spheres of action one might wonder how this approach, that sounds promising and abstract at the same time, looks in practice. Being on the ground in Nepal, preparing the project to bring DOMOs as schools and children homes to rural villages that are affected by the earthquakes, the three spheres become very graspable. Right from the beginning all three of them – the ecosystem, the social surrounding and the product requirements – are very present and crucial when forming the project according to local conditions. The Ecosystem The ecosystem the project is located in is due to the situation of crisis a complex post-disaster reality. There is the destruction and people in need of shelters, there is an unstable government trying to hold the power regardless of all the international humanitarian movement in the country, and there are many big organizations doing relief work. Additionally there are local traditions, beliefs and practices that shape the way people deal with the crisis and rebuilding activities. The first step arriving in Kathmandu was to understand these connections of the mentioned factors, to understand the post-crisis reality, to understand how humanitarian action works here, what the main challenges are and how we can become active in it. Through observing what goes on, through meeting different actors and through conversations with diverse people, a picture of the situation emerges and one begins to understand the context. In the case of our project in Nepal, very practical challenges became obvious as customs handling for the import of relief...