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Harry helps out with project to rebuild Nepal school destroyed in earthquake

Published 05/04/2016

Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (right) clearing a site to be used as a solar farm with volunteer Mark Laws, as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PA
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (right) clearing a site to be used as a solar farm with volunteer Mark Laws, as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PA
Prince Harry joined the disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PA
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (back row right) posing for a picture with Team Rubicon volunteers as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Team Rubicon UK/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (left) taking a break with volunteer David Wiseman as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry carrying roofing materials as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (second right) laying concrete with volunteer Matt Fisher as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (centre) shoveling gravel with volunteer Matt Fisher as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry visiting the site of a temporary school as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Mauricio Gris/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry with Gurkhas Rudra Limbu and Krishna Gurung as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Mauricio Gris/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Team Rubicon UK handout photo of Prince Harry (left) laying concrete with volunteer Matt Fisher as he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2016. Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
LAPUBESI, NEPAL - MARCH: In this handout provided by Team Rubicon UK, British Gurkha Rudra Limbu and Manny Penuel from the UK carry concrete during rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. Prince Harry joined Team Rubicon UK volunteers for part of Operation: Nirman following his official tour of the country last month. (Photo by Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)
LAPUBESI, NEPAL - MARCH: In this handout provided by Team Rubicon UK, Prince Harry carries roofing materials during rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. Prince Harry joined Team Rubicon UK volunteers for part of Operation: Nirman following his official tour of the country last month. (Photo by Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)
LAPUBESI, NEPAL - MARCH: In this handout provided by Team Rubicon UK, Prince Harry and David Wiseman from the UK take a break during rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. Prince Harry joined Team Rubicon UK volunteers for part of Operation: Nirman following his official tour of the country last month. (Photo by Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)
Prince Harry talks to a young boy during a visit to the Lapubesi temporary school site as he helps Team Rubicon UK carry out rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. (Photo by Mauricio Gris/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)
LAPUBESI, NEPAL - MARCH: In this handout provided by Team Rubicon UK, Prince Harry and David Wiseman from the UK move bags of cement as they help Team Rubicon UK carry out rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. Prince Harry joined Team Rubicon UK volunteers for part of Operation: Nirman following his official tour of the country last month. (Photo by Becky Maynard/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)

Prince Harry found himself "sleeping, eating and working" with volunteers from across the globe when he joined a disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in Nepal.

Wearing a t-shirt, baseball cap and jeans the prince got stuck into hard manual labour as he and the other military veterans working with Team Rubicon UK helped the local residents lay the foundations of a classroom and build a new farm of solar panels to provide electricity.

Prince Harry talks to a young boy during a visit to the Lapubesi temporary school site as he helps Team Rubicon UK carry out rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. (Photo by Mauricio Gris/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)
Prince Harry talks to a young boy during a visit to the Lapubesi temporary school site as he helps Team Rubicon UK carry out rebuilding work in March, 2016 in Lapubesi, Nepal. (Photo by Mauricio Gris/Team Rubicon UK via Getty Images)

The building is urgently needed as the monsoon season is fast approaching and 250 pupils are being taught in a temporary school made of poles, tarpaulins and tin after the devastating earthquake struck the country last April killing almost 9,000 and damaging almost a million houses and buildings.

Harry was pictured carrying corrugated iron roofing sheets over his head for the school, filling sacks with gravel for the building's foundations and pouring cement, and was photographed with another volunteer clearing wood for the solar panel site at the village of Lapubesi .

There were also lighter moments with images showing the royal interacting with the local children who seemed curious about their foreign visitors.

Harry's six-days of volunteering in Nepal came at the end of his official tour of the country and the work ended last week.

Becky Maynard, Team Rubicon UK's director of development, said about Harry's time with the volunteers: "It was very much hands on manual labour - sleeping, eating and working out there with the other vets. Getting very much stuck-in as one of the team."

The village of Lapubesi, located in the centre of Nepal, was close to the epicentre of the earthquake which completely devastated the local community.

It has a population of 3,000 people and 95% of their homes were destroyed by the natural disaster, with 16 people in the community losing their lives and over 150 were injured.

Team Rubicon UK uses the skills and experiences of military veterans in the aftermath of natural disasters and among the British volunteers were helpers from Canada, America, Australia and Germany.

They also used their skills to lay the groundwork for the final r epairs to a hydro-electric turbine that had provided energy to around 300 homes in the village before it was destroyed.

Working on the edge of a waterfall on steep terrain, the team removed piles of rocks and boulders from water channels, and cleared and repaired the pump house containing the turbine and control systems.

The villagers hope to clear the final landslide over the coming month that will allow the turbine to run again.

Prince Harry joined the disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PA
Prince Harry joined the disaster response charity rebuilding an earthquake destroyed school in the village of Lapubesi in Nepal. PA

David Wiseman, a Team Rubicon UK volunteer, said: " The work was physically demanding but it was great to be working together with other veterans in a tight knit team and this was a fantastic opportunity for us to work alongside the people of Lapubesi. I hope the school we have helped to build will serve this community for years to come."

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