Doing Diana proud: Prince Harry helps rebuild quake-damaged school in Nepal

Prince Harry trekked deep into the Himalayas to help rebuild a school destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry
Prince Harry trekked deep into the Himalayas to help rebuild a school destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry

LONDON, April 6 — Prince Harry has helped to rebuild an earthquake-damaged school in a remote part of Nepal.

The British royal arrived in Nepal on March 19 for an official five-day visit, but decided to extend his trip in order to support the work of Team Rubicon.

He spent a week behind the scenes, as part of Operation: Nirman (meaning “rebuild” in Nepalese) helping rebuild the remote village of Lapubesi, which was devastated by the April 2015 earthquake.

The prince makes friends with a bashful little boy. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry
The prince makes friends with a bashful little boy. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry

To reach the village, he would have had to take a seven-hour off-road drive from Kathmandu, followed by a further 2.5-hour trek on foot along the ridgeline of the hills.

Further, no machinery was available so Harry and fellow-volunteers used local tools and methods, including breaking rocks down to size by hand, and carrying, mixing and applying cement manually, UK’s Mirror newspaper said.

He has now shared pictures of the gruelling experience on Facebook.

Prince Harry helps to carry construction material. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry
Prince Harry helps to carry construction material. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry

In one picture, the former army soldier can be straining under the weight of roofing material, while in another he helps a fellow volunteer carry concrete.

UK’s Mirror newspaper reported that he also helped repair a hydro-electric turbine to provide energy to around 300 homes in the village as well worked with other volunteers to build a new solar farm.

The village has a population of 3,000 people and 95 per cent of homes were destroyed, while there were 16 fatalities and a further 150 injured. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry
The village has a population of 3,000 people and 95 per cent of homes were destroyed, while there were 16 fatalities and a further 150 injured. — Picture via Facebook.com/PrinceHarry

Team Rubicon uses the skills and experiences of military veterans in the aftermath of natural disasters while giving them a purpose and opportunity to serve again.

Prince Harry left the British army in June 2015 after 10 years.