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This year, a team of 15 students and a faculty advisor will be travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal.  The team is currently raising funds that will go towards the seismic rehabilitation of the Gateway Structure attached to the Gaddi Baithak, a 100-year-old palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is an iconic heritage building in Nepal and was severely damaged by the M-7.8 earthquake that destroyed scores of history and killed hundreds in Nepal in 2015.

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Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH) is partnering with Miyamoto Relief for 14 days in Nepal during Summer 2018. This year SESH is a comprised of 15 Architectural Engineering students and one faculty advisor, with a collective mission to aid communities affected by natural disasters through humanitarian structural engineering.

SESH strives to experience first-hand the effects of poorly designed buildings in seismically active areas, to gain knowledge on building methods and building materials in another region of the world, and to use incorporate learned engineering and construction practices outside of the classroom in a place recently affected by disaster.  Our goal is to connect with the Nepali people and communities through the built environment.

Together SESH works alongside Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief on social impact projects around the world. This year, students will be working on the Gateway Structure attached to the Gaddi Baithak in Kathmandu, Nepal.  The Gaddi Baithak is a UNESCO world heritage site from which Nepal’s kings once ruled and settled the affairs of the country.  It is an iconic building that suffered extensive damage in the earthquake, and restoring the Gateway Structure is the next step towards repairing and strengthening the Gaddi Baithak before the next earthquake hits.  Students will get the opportunity to aid Miyamoto Relief with damage mapping and developing retrofit schemes in order to maintain the historical and architectural integrity of the structure.



Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization pioneered by Dr. Kit Miyamoto. Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief works to save lives by encouraging adherence to international building standards in developing countries through public education, technical seminars for builders and demonstration projects. More importantly, their work helps to prevent further structural failures due to a lack of engineering knowledge, improper building practices and substandard materials. Miyamoto Relief was created to improve the structural safety of schools and other buildings and to provide structural engineering assistance to communities hit by disaster. After a disaster, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief sends teams of engineers to help people and communities begin repairing and rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. Currently, our efforts are directed towards rebuilding and seismically strengthening schools in Haiti and Nepal.
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For our most recent SESH adventures, a group of students visited Kathmandu, Nepal, to help a community devastated by an earthquake. The school in need, The Patan Higher Secondary School, is the second oldest school in Nepal. It was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake, and was deemed unsafe to enter. In addition, the Patan Higher Secondary School is a place of history and a beloved monument to the community. Miyamoto Relief is determined to save children’s lives from future earthquakes and provide safe schools. The nonprofit, supported by SESH and donors, is partnering with the Government of Nepal’s Department of Education to repair and seismically strengthen the Patan Higher Secondary School.  

During our time in Nepal, we were able to kickstart the long process of getting kids a proper educational experience. As a team, we raised over $10,000 for the project, created as-built drawings, organized damage maps, and researched possible retrofit solutions for the Miyamoto team to continue work on. The trip was a large success, and we are now looking for two new leaders to take over and continue the tradition of providing help for communities all over the world.

Please email seshinslo@gmail.com if you have any questions! 

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To learn more about Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, please visit their website.

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