Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams are now in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. All official EMI travel (including project travel) has been cancelled or postponed and no new travel plans are being prepared until further notice. EMI’s worldwide offices are in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home as they are able.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Project Portfolio

Portal Bikes

Portal is an organization dedicated to fighting poverty, founded in 2013 as Portal Bikes in Kathmandu, Nepal. Their vision is to “see the world set free by the bicycle”. The earthquake of 2015 led Portal to become involved with developing housing solutions to aid in the crisis that required more than 800,000 new homes.  In addition to producing cargo bicycles, they continue to provide Portal Prefab building kits for houses, schools and community centers across Nepal. 

Portal approached EMI in early 2016 for engineering design of the workshop they were planning to build on the outskirts of Kathmandu.  EMI India provided site drainage, slope stability, and structural engineering design in back and forth collaboration with Portal who were acting as the architect, steel fabricator, and contractor for the project.  The 830 square meter facility was completed in early 2017, and serves as manufacturing and office space for Portal’s operations. The building is a 2 story steel frame, with moment frames in one direction and braced bays in the other.  Steel construction is gaining traction in Nepal after the earthquake, and the Portal workshop is an excellent example of what can be done with structural steel as a building material.

Portal did all of architecture and interior design of the building, including the custom furniture