05 Jul NEPAL Four New Schools – Looking into the Future (VIDEO)
Following on the catastrophic consequences of the earthquakes of 25 April and 12 May 2015: 9000 victims, 23,000 injured, 600,000 buildings destroyed and 300,000 damaged, Nepal is slowly rising again from the ruins caused not only to the earthquake itself but above all the slow and laborious progress in reconstruction, and an increase in the levels of poverty and in child-trafficking.
We have been active in Nepal since 1996, remaining to rebuild the future of this Country starting with children and schools. Long and constant presence in the field we have enabled to intervene immediately following on the 2015 earthquake, operating within the capital as well as in remote rural areas in the country. This have entailed the distribution of tents, blankets, mattresses, aluminium panels for building temporary shelters, solar panel kits and other prime necessity goods to over 26,000 beneficiaries. In the villages of Yarsa and Saramthali (Rasuwa District) we have built temporary classrooms, enabling the children to resume their school activities.
Now we are rebuilding the schools destroyed by the earthquake, starting from the villages where we built to temporary classrooms and where the earthquake destroyed 95% of the buildings.
The first four schools, that we have started to build thanks to funds made available by Caritas Italiana, Clown One Italia Onlus, Save The Children Italia, Tavola Valdese and private donors within ASIA, are those of Arukharkha and Thangdor in Yarsa (Rasuwa District), and of Namuna and of Dupcheshwori in Saramthali (Rasuwa District).
The schools are built applying earthquake-proof technology without architectural barriers and will be equipped with toilet facilties, bathrooms and drinking water. The energy-efficiency of the buildings is guaranteed through the use of insulating materials.
• Arukharkha Primary School will house 122 children and 6 teachers. The size is 296 square metres, with 6 classrooms, toilet facilities and a staff room for the teachers.
• Thangdor Primary School will house102 children and 5 teachers. The size is 436 square metres, with 8 classrooms, toilet facilities and a staff room for the teachers.
• Namuna Primary School will house 39 children aged from 5 to 8 years old (it will also be a reference point for children from nearby villages) and 4 teachers. The size is 185 square metres, with 4 classrooms, toilet facilities and a staff room for the teachers.
• Dupcheshwori Secondary School will house 328 schoolchildren and 9 teachers. The school comprise 2 buildings for an overall surface area of 592 square metres, with 10 classrooms, toilet facilities and a staff room for the teachers.
The Project is not limited to reconstruction, but intends to turn the schools into reference points also for adults and families; 870 people will attend training courses on diverse themes such as children’s rights and the risk of child-trafficking, advanced teaching methods, bio-agriculture and permaculture.
We are helping the communities start up income-generating activities so as to improve economic conditions. Indirect beneficiaries of the reconstruction of these four schools will thus be the members of the entire community of Yarsa and Saramthali, amounting to nearly 10,000 people.
Moreover local builders, carpenters, blacksmiths and craftsmen are already actively engaged in the reconstruction and attending the courses on demolition and carpentry, thereby impacting the local economy.
We are continuing to raise funds to fully equip these schools (desks, chairs but also school backpacks, pencils, exercise books, etc.), and to provide training activities for the schoolchildren, community and teachers.
To be part of this Project you can subscribe to the campaign “Namaskar for Nepal. Do something for the Schools”