Prospering Eco-Foundation in Nepal

January 2014

The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation (KRMEF) was established in 2008 near Khokana, in the southwest of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

The organic vegetable garden with solar cooker

Krishna Gurung is a co-founder of a leprosy clinic, and sustainable community for the handicapped whose handcraft businesses are exported worldwide. The community has a biodynamic organic garden on a former wasteland that feeds over 800 daily, a school, a water purification system that supplies over 60,000 gallons of purified water daily to several villages (which has broken down the social barriers of leprosy), a new hospital serving the poor, and a recycling operation that has residents gathering all the waste paper in Kathmandu, pulping it into a mixture with sawdust and fashioning it into briquettes that are then sold for heating (in lieu of the traditional cutting down of forests).

In memory of his late young son Kevin Rohan, Krishna has now created a new initiative: The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Village to create eco villages for the urban poor. This venture will provide extremely low-cost green housing in Kathmandu and its environs by building homes comprised of recycled bottles and cement. Krishna has made arrangements with all Katmandu embassies and businesses to recycle all their glass bottles that were once dumped into landfills. It is astounding that so much can be accomplished with so little.

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