If you visit Northwest Kathmandu (Nepal), you can discover the village of Gairigaun-Narja, clinging to the side of a steep hill. During an earthquake in 2015, every house in the village was destroyed. Thanks to the support of the Solidarity AccorHotels endowment fund, 4 houses have been rebuilt, providing accommodations for some 40 people! A recap of this action combining solidarity and sport.
25 April 2015
It was on this date that Nepal suffered one of the worst earthquakes in its history: the 7.8 magnitude quake killed 8,000 people, injured a further 16,000 and left more than 1.4 million people in need of food, water and shelter. This disaster led to the creation of Bikram Solidarité Nepal, an association founded by Nepalese guide Bikram Singh with the aim of aiding the victims.
His appeal for help was heard by a Group employee, Patrick Arnoult*, General Manager of the Pullman Paris Montparnasse hotel.
Once the emergency is dealt with, reconstruction can start
Solidarity AccorHotels is committed to supporting emergency situations sustainably, helping local populations to cope with the immediate and lasting consequences of humanitarian disasters through reconstruction.
It was thus that at the request of a Group employee, Patrick Arnoult (see box below), the endowment fund stepped in to fund the reconstruction of four houses using earthquake-resistant materials, to prevent this situation from recurring. The entire project was managed by the local charity Bikram Solidarité Nepal, supported by Christine Janin, a doctor, mountaineer, and founder of the association A chacun son Everest. Located northwest of the city of Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital, these houses now provide accommodations for about 40 people, including some children.
See the photos documenting the reconstruction of the village.
* On 18 May 2018, the AccorHotels goose made it to the summit of Mount Everest, carried by Patrick Arnoult, the 122nd Frenchman to climb to the roof of the world! With this sporting and humanitarian challenge, this committed employee supported the Bikram Solidarité Nepal association, which is rebuilding villages destroyed by the 2015 earthquake.