Schools are an important part of any community. When a community is affected by a disaster of the scale of the Nepal earthquake, re-establishing their school is often a critical milestone in the regaining of confidence in the future. The value placed on education is shown by the distances some children walked to school; 4 hours in some cases.
The Jugal Himal English School, providing for 102 students from nursery to grade 5, was totally destroyed in the earthquake. We were able to provide 2 tents, each with 4 compartments, so that classes could start up again.
Elsewhere in Sryafrubesi Village, a government school, was also totally destroyed. This school served a huge area and provided for 500 students (5 – 17 years). While the village was able to set up a temporary school in a safer area, they were not able to make any arrangements for the 24 students, whose families lived even further afield, using the student hostel that had also been destroyed. We were able to provide 4 tents for these students in another area nearby.
Neither the school or the hostel had access to clean water. We were able to set up two 500L tanks, linked up to Sawyer filters, in the school and used a similar but smaller system for the hostel.
In Thade village, the Saraswati Lower Secondary School, a government school providing for 96 children from surrounding villages, was also totally destroyed. They had built temporary classrooms but urgently needed a base for the 7 teachers for storage, administration and as a sick bay which we were able to support with one of our tents. Again, access to clean water was a problem which was we resolved by providing a 500L tank together with 5 sawyer filters and water jugs.
It is clear form the reports sent back by our Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTS) members that the excitement of the children, the teachers and the communities as a whole when they regained their education facilities was highly contagious !
Our support for Nepal is ongoing. It may be out of the news but recovery is now going to be significantly hampered by the imminent start of the monsoon which will make most villages even more inaccessible. Aftershocks are still occurring and the monsoon is inevitably going to cause significant landslides. Please continue to support our work with these communities by making a donation – we are making a real difference.