02 Aug Nepal – RECONSTRUCTING ARUKHARKA SCHOOL (Video)
After the earthquake in April 2015, we intervened immediately in several ways. Right after the emergency, we remained in Nepal to rebuild schools, starting from the areas where the earthquake had destroyed 95% of the buildings and where we created temporary classrooms.
Aarukharkha School – latest news on its constructions works
The reconstruction of the primary school in Aarukharka village, in Yarsa municipality, has almost finished.
We completed the ground floor, the first floor, the attic and the roof.
We still need to finish installing the windows, creating the electric system with photovoltaic panels, and painting both the indoor and outdoor walls.
The toilets comply with the single-sex standard and enable access for disabled people.
The school also has three tanks that are linked to a 2-km-long pipe and provide drinkable water.
Local people, who had first attended our trainings on anti-seismic buildings, managed the construction works.
In order to increase school attendance and reduce the risk of human traffic, we organised trainings for teachers on alternative education, children’s rights and fight against human traffic.
We created and handed to primary school children 2000 schoolbooks in Tamang, the most spoken language in the Yarsa community. This will help children learn their language.
Following a study on the community’s needs and the increase in marginal and uncultivated lands, we have planned trainings on agriculture and forest management, and we are going to provide people with both plants and tools.
25 families participated in our course on plant nurseries. During the active training, we created 5 nurseries, which will be managed by these families. The nurseries will produce 18,000 small plants, to be sold and planted locally in the marginal lands of Rasuwa district.
27 families were trained both theoretically and actively in the use of biochar, a charcoal made from biomass. Its use will help improve lands fertility and reduce their pollution due to pesticides.
37 families attended the training on coffee and cardamom plants. At the end, they received 2,900 small coffee plants, 750 macadamia and jackfruit plants that protect coffee plants, as well as 5,500 cardamom plants.
15 families were involved in training on beekeeping and received two beehives each, thus increasing their income opportunities by selling honey in local and national markets.
Thanks to the private donors and Caritas Italiana who participate in this project.