On 25 April, 2015, a severe earthquake struck the small mountainous country of Nepal leaving nearly 9,000 people dead, 22,000 people injured and hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Following on-the-ground assessments, we determined how Field Ready can best contribute to medium and long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts.
Working with several partners including World Vision Nepal, we helped to develop the Nepal Innovation Lab in Kathmandu which is aimed at increasing the capacity for digital manufacturing (i.e. trained and equipped makers) within aid agencies, local maker spaces and local entrepreneurs. This is having a developmental impact – including new income generation opportunities – and will increase resilience to future disasters by having more people able to respond to fill gaps in the supply chain in the early stages of a response. Field Ready have been working out of the Innovation Lab in Patan, South of Kathmandu, since 2015.
Better health, education and nutrition outcomes have been achieved by improvements to the design of some aid items by locally manufacturing them to specifications and standards desired by aid agencies (and therefore replacing locally sourced items that do not currently meet these specifications and standards).
2015 - Initial needs assessment and partnership development
2016 - Established workshop at World Vision's Nepal Innovation Lab, local manufacturer and health facility support and training local engineers in digital manufacturing.
2017 - World Vision supported plastics for humanitarian applications research and DFID funded 3D Printing sector development including mapping, product development and needs assessment visits with partners.
2018 - UKAID supported Frontier Technologies 3D printing project and World Vision supported project to deliver locally made search and rescue equipment.
2019 - Completion of Rescue Tech search and rescue equipment production project, low-cost hydroponics research and Nepal/Bhutan humanitarian design challenge project.