Life in the rugged western region of Nepal-some 500 miles from Kathmandu- is a constant struggle for survival. People lack adequate food,safe drinking water, decent schools and primary health care. Travel is difficult. There are few roads and those that exist are in poor condition.
Gaurishankar School in rural western Nepal is a public school for 450 students from first through tenth grade. There is no road to the school. It can only be reached on foot, via steep, rough trails. Because it is the only high school that serves more than 30 villages, some students walk as far as 20 miles round-trip every schoolday, often across dangerous rivers. During the rainy season, students must cross dangerous rivers. Girls feel unsafe walking after dark.
The Nepal Youth Foundation has launched a new project to construct student housing at the school, so that fewer students drop out and so the students have enough time to study. This student housing will reduce the drop-out rate and give students more time to study so they can succeed.
The Nepal Youth Foundation is constructing dormitories, one for girls and one for boys. Schoolteachers will live in the housing and supervise the students. .
Namu, a victim of polio, is determined to go to school
Thirteen-year-old Namu is a victim of polio and walks with a marked limp. She is from a village four miles away from Gaurishankar School. Namu is determined to attend the school even though she has to walk eight miles a day, which takes her four hours. Namu would like to stay near the school and have more time to study, but there are no dormitories or houses nearby where she can rent a room.
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