One of the of the effects of the devastating earthquake in Nepal in April 2015 that is often overlooked is the scarcity of clean drinking water in many villages.
Because of contaminated water sources, there is a high risk and increase of health and hygiene issues.
To promote safe drinking water, Santi School distributed school bags and drinking water bottles last month to 49 needy students at Ghusel Secondary School in Lalitpur district, which was hard-hit by the quake.
Many of the students are members of the Tamang ethnic minority group. They walk as many as three hours each way to school every day, and the new water bottles ensure that they will have access to clean drinking water during their travels back and forth.
Instead of potentially getting sick with water-borne illnesses, these children will be able to concentrate on their studies.
The water bottles were presented during a ceremony conducted by the principal, school management committee, teachers and parents of the students. The students who received the water bottles were selected by the school management committee and the administrative committee from grades two, four, five, six and seven.
The students were delighted to have the bag and water bottle. They expressed their hearty gratitude for the support. We also want to thank our donors for helping to make initiatives like this possible. They really make a difference in the lives of our students.
The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed nearly all of the buildings at Ghusel Secondary School, located in a more remote area of the Kathmandu Valley. Many different organizations visited to assess the damage, but the Santi School Project was the only one who returned up the hilly terrain and narrow rough road to help rebuild the classrooms.
The students at Ghusel Secondary School celebrated a new earthquake resilient building with two classrooms during an inauguration ceremony earlier this month. For the past year they have been forced to study under canvas tents, which more closely resemble an animal shed than a place of learning.
Restoring the school to a more normal routine is important, because it’s located in a more remote part of Lalitpur district. Within the village of Ghusel this is the only school that offers classes up to grade ten. Many students walk for a couple of hours each way to reach the school, including students from nearby villages, for whom this is the closest option.
The majority of the students belong to the Tamang community, an ethnic minority group.
The administration of Ghusel Secondary School, along with officials from the village development committee and members of the parent teacher association all offered their thanks for the new building.
We at the Santi School Project would like to thank you, our donors, for making this project possible.
Overall, this is one of 22 school renovation projects that Santi School and our local partner in Nepal are conducting after the earthquake. So far, six schools have been completed and handed over to their communities and three more are in the process of being handed over. Another 13 schools are in different phases of construction.
Government officials continue to approve of our work. In Dolakha, the District Development Committee and the District Education Office have been monitoring ongoing construction. Recently, in Lalitpur, the deputy district education officer participated in a school building handover program.
At Kshamawati Higher Secondary School in Dolakha district we have provided furniture, book corner racks, books, a photocopier and a printer for the school’s library.
It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal. Recovery has been painfully slow, but gradually schools are moving their students into new classrooms. The Santi School Project is proud to help make that possible.
We are helping to rebuild schools and provide new furniture for students and teachers at 12 schools. Earlier this month we delivered new chairs and desks to two of those schools.
The furniture for both schools has been specifically designed for younger students in kindergarten and grades 1-3. We take this for granted in the West, but it’s unusual in Nepal for desks and tables to be made at a size appropriate for younger children.
The first school is Durga Higher Secondary School of Maga Pauwa, in Dolakha district, about 70 miles away from Kathmandu. Established in 1962, it has 20 teachers and staff and more than 500 students from kindergarten to grade 12. We provided furniture for four classrooms.
As a matter of fact, our furniture arrived before the renovations are complete. Once the classrooms are finished we’ll have photos to show of the new furnishings set up for the students.
The other school to receive new furniture is Shringery Community Secondary School in Mahalaxmi municipality of Lalitpur district. Established in 1995, it is about 15 km away from Kathmandu and has 18 teachers and staff for 215 students from kindergarten to grade ten.
Recently, we built four classrooms at Shringery, and have conducted teacher training programs there in the past.
Thank you for your support to make these critical improvements in the lives of hundreds of children in Nepal. Without your help, our students in earthquake-ravaged areas would still be sitting outside at school every day, or trying to learn while cramped inside a canvas tent.