From the Board – The Deboche Nunnery

The question on all our minds – How have the recent earthquakes in Nepal affected the Deboche Buddhist Nunnery project and the Everest Biogas project?


We are all struck by the devastation following the recent earthquake in Nepal, and it hit very close to home for our two projects there. Fortunately, our partners at the Deboche Buddhist Nunnery and Everest Biogas projects are safe, but the structures at Deboche have sustained substantial damage. Additional updates from Laura Rose, our Project Manager, and photographs from Deboche are available here. We will be working with them to support the long term rebuild process, so please consider donating to AWB Seattle to support our extended involvement. We are also directing anyone interested in supporting the immediate relief effort there to donate to the American Himalayan Foundation.

Despite the recent earthquakes, these projects continue to move forward. Our partners on the ground in Nepal, Dan Mazur and Mingma Sherpa, are focusing their efforts on rebuilding the Deboche Buddhist Nunnery that was heavily damaged.

On an international scale, our peer organization Architecture San Frontieres United Kingdom (ASF), is partnering with Architecture & Developpement (A&D) in Paris to coordinate design efforts there. If you are planning to work in the region or would like to contribute in any form to the creation of a network of built environment organisations and practitioners providing technical support to assess needs and resources and help plan the long-term rebuilding process, please contact A&D at

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