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.
Sep 30, 2016

New classrooms for three more schools

Recently, we unveiled new classrooms at three different schools in Kathmandu District that were damaged by the 2015 earthquake. Together, more than 370 students have benefited from these improvements.

Since the earthquake, if school was in session at all, children have been studying inside “temporary learning centers” made of bamboo poles, tarps and metal sheets. Parents, teachers and entire communities were excited to finally have their children return to the comfort and convenience of permanent buildings for their classes.

The Santi School Project provided two classrooms at each of the schools: Ratomate Primary School, Pokharichaur Primary School and Bal Jyoti Lower Secondary School.

At each of the schools, enthusiastic members of the local community gathered for inauguration ceremonies to celebrate the opening of the new classrooms, which have been designed to be earthquake resilient.

We would like to thank you for your support of our efforts to renovate earthquake-damaged schools in Nepal and provide quality education through our teacher training programs. Even though the earthquake was nearly 18 months ago, it will take years simply to restore the thousands of schools that were damaged.


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Jul 28, 2016

Clean drinking water

49 kids received new bags and water bottles
49 kids received new bags and water bottles

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.

Many children walk 3 hours each way to school
Many children walk 3 hours each way to school
Jun 28, 2016

Rebuilding remote schools where no one else would

Ghusel Secondary School after the earthquake.
Ghusel Secondary School after the earthquake.

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.

Two new classrooms.
Two new classrooms.
Dancers at the inauguration ceremony.
Dancers at the inauguration ceremony.
 
   

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