Court Construction volunteers have visited Nepal regularly since 2015 to build earthbag schools. We’re heading back in 2023.

Our charity partner

About First Steps Himalaya

Court Construction has been supporting First Steps Himalaya (FSH) since 2015. Children in Nepal are receiving sub-standard education in dilapidated classrooms from untrained teachers. This leaves them with limited life skills, vulnerable to exploitation and very likely to be stuck in a cycle of poverty and limited opportunities.

FSH are working hard to break that cycle, and empower these children to change their future with the skills they gain through quality education.

In September 2023 Court Construction will return for a 5th time, to continue our support of First Steps Himalayas invaluable work in Nepal. We will be helping construct another earthbag school, in a remote region desperate for more educational facilities.

You can help too,
by donating towards training great teachers and fillng the classes with much needed resources.

  • $25 buy an earthbag for the build
  • $50 pays for art materials such as crayons, paint & coloured paper for a class
  • $100 funds the salary of one teacher for a month
  • $250 allows a teacher to attend a week-long teacher training workshop

100% of all donations go directly to supporting children in Nepal. FSH is a registered NZ Charity and your donation is tax deductible. We appreciate any donation, of any size, because every dollar counts! To make a donation click the "Donate Now" button below!

Donate Now!

Or contact us at if you’d like to discuss a contribution.

To find out more about the great work FSH do go to or follow them on facebook

A huge thank you to these generous corporate sponsors, who have contributed to the 2023 school build

Our Work In Nepal

Court Construction volunteers have been travelling to Nepal since 2015. Using earthbag building methods we have built a teacher training centre, an Early Childhood Centre and 2 schools. All these projects are fully operational and have provided teachers and students in impoverished rural areas with amazing learning spaces and resources. We look forward to returning in 2023 to build another school in the Nuwakot region, further boosting the important work First Steps Himalaya are already doing in the area.

See this short video about the Training Centre build


Why do we use earthbag building techniques?

Earthbag building is well suited to community projects because they can be built simply, quickly and economically using local, natural materials. Earthbag building is also known for it’s earthquake resilience, and since the devastating quakes of 2015 this method has been adopted by both local Nepali people and a wide range of aid organisations.

Thanks to these generous sponsors for supporting our past projects in Nepal.

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