Nirvana Chaudhary contacted his friend Jaivir Singh, the vice chairman and president of PwC India Foundation, for help and advice. After several the discussions, the foundation committed $2.5 million USD to build several thousand transitional homes and dozens of schools within the year.
In order to accomplish the task, Chaudhary Foundation set-up an earthquake steering committee. The foundation first considered outsourcing the construction but found them to be too costly for a project of this magnitude. The group decided to use its own in-house expertise and partnering with India-based organization, Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS), to come up with an innovative pro-type home for less than half the cost — CG Ashraya was born.
Krishna and Pancha
Before the earthquake, Krishna and his wife Pancha lived nearby their CG Ashraya house that they still live in. They were working in the field when the earthquake hit and watched their house collapse right in front of their eyes. They described the moment and the uncertainty that followed as terrifying. For 15 days, they lived in a small tent until the foundation was able to help them build the transitional shelter.
“In that moment, when Chaudhary Foundation helped us, we were very happy because we were in a situation of extreme crisis. We did not have anything and did not expect this to happen and we thank [the foundation] a lot for this.”