The Santi School Project

The Santi School Project is dedicated to giving children in Nepal, particularly girls and those from disadvantaged ethnic minorities, a chance for a quality education.
May 3, 2012

We stopped the rain inside Gupteshwor School

The Shilapatra, or dedication, stone at the school
The Shilapatra, or dedication, stone at the school

Even though primary school enrollment is improving nationwide, the government in Nepal simply does not have enough money for education, particularly to renovate schools originally built half a century ago.

Such is the case at Gupteshwor Secondary School, home to 250 students in kindergarten through grade 10, which recently expanded with a two-story four-room building. Government funds were insufficient to complete construction beyond the external walls and the roof. Consequently, the ground floor flooded when it rained and four different classes had been conducted in the corners of a single open room.

Our work was recently completed, and the school held an inauguration ceremony April 23. We've helped the school by:

  • hanging doors
  • putting shutters on the windows
  • plastering the interior walls, floor and ceiling
  • creating a partition inside the building to divide it into classrooms
  • covering the stairway to prevent flooding
  • installing a drinking water system

This the third school that The Santi School Project has helped recently to complete reconstruction projects in which government funds were insufficient, either by providing funds to finish construction or to furnish classrooms with desks and chairs.

The school is located in Laliput District, in the Kathmandu Valley and near Vishwamitra School, where we are conducting our teacher training program as well as helping build new classrooms. The majority of the students at Gupteshwor are members of the indigenous Tamang ethnic minority.

We're grateful for your support to help make this project possible. The total cost of the project was approximately $8,000, with the community contributing 25%.

For photos from the inauguration ceremony for the completed building, follow the link to our Facebook page below.

Finished school building
Finished school building

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Jan 5, 2012

Furniture Delivered to Dhadkharka Primary School

Students in Nepal share long desks and benches
Students in Nepal share long desks and benches

 The students at Dhadkharka Primary School in Nepal don’t have to sit on the floor anymore.

 For the 150 students there in kindergarten through 5th grade, Santi School provided:

  • 30 pairs of desks and benches (each pair can accommodate 3-5 students).
  • 5 sets of large tables and chairs
  • 5 book racks
  • carpeting for 2 classrooms and 60 mats for students in kindergarten, first and second grade
  • whiteboards with markers (instead of chalkboards and chalk),

 The furniture arrived last month. The school is located in the same general area of central Nepal as our other projects, about a day’s journey from the capital, Kathmandu.

Mahesh Dahal, an alumnus of the school who now lives in Northern Virginia and serves on our board of trustees, helped raise funds for the project, and the community contributed some labor as well.

At a small ceremony to unveil the new furniture, local activists and politicians joined the school's teachers to express their gratitude.

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Kindergarteners sit on pillows on the carpet
Kindergarteners sit on pillows on the carpet
These students had been sitting on bare cement
These students had been sitting on bare cement

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Oct 4, 2011

Getting started helping our next school

students in a new classroom at Dhadkharka School
students in a new classroom at Dhadkharka School

The Santi School Project is providing new furniture and other classroom improvements for 150 students at Dhadkharka Primary School in Nepal. Students at the school have been sitting on the floor.

The work—which includes new desks, benches, white boards, carpet and seat cushions, as well as teaching materials—will be completed by the end of November. The total cost is estimated at $4,400.

The local community has agreed to contribute 20 percent of the total cost, a stipulation that is required of all of our projects. The Santi School Project and Mahesh Dahal, an alumnus of the school and a member of our board of directors, will raise the remaining amount.

Dhadkharka Primary School is located in the Kavre district of central Nepal, about a two and a half hour drive from Dolalghat, the nearest town. The classrooms were originally built in 1990 with support from the local government and village residents.

Two new classroom buildings were constructed recently because the threat of erosion from landslides made the original structure unsafe. However, the school lacked funds to replace its furniture, which had fallen apart after 20 years of use. 

TO LEARN MORE AND MAKE A DONATION:  bit.ly/dhadkharka

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