How Prince Harry helped Team Rubicon rebuild a community in Nepal

Prince Harry arrived for a royal tour of Nepal on Mar. 19, but he didn't leave when expected. The royal took such a shining to the country that he decided to extend his trip - for a very good cause. Joining forces with Team Rubicon, a charity whose aim was to help a remote, earthquake-damaged community, Harry rolled up his sleeves and stayed a little longer to get his hands dirty.

The village, which was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in April 2015, received help from the charity with the ongoing temporary rebuild of its school. This provided the children with adequate education facilities before the monsoon season.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPrince Harry lifting a plank of wood Prince Harry's work with Team Rubicon helped an earthquake-damaged community in Nepal

The 31-year-old royal, who has seen various recovery projects during his stay, joined Team Rubicon's volunteers for part of Operation: Nirman, meaning "build" in Nepalese.

Damage to the village of Lupabesi following the earthquake was catasrophic to its population of 3,000 people. 95% of homes were destroyed by the natural disaster and as a result, the 250 children aged between three and 18 did not attend school as they used to.

Prince Harry squating down to play with school children The charity helped build a school for the community

Team Rubicon and its volunteers, who include veterans and military men, took on the mission to help the community lay a concrete base for one of the larger schools classrooms with no machinery. The team were also responsible in supporting the locals in restoring a much-needed power supply by helping create a solar farm.

David Wiseman, a Team Rubicon UK volunteer said: "It was a strange feeling to return to Nepal after being there last year in the immediate aftermath of the quake - we passed through towns and villages that I had seen devastated, literally levelled. It was even stranger when speaking to people this year that I had met previously, just days after their homes had been devastated.

"However it was heart warming to see and hear that they were rebuilding their lives and communities and it was humbling that we could be a small part of that rebuilding process. 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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