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 Education  Nepal Project #24409

Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year

by Diyalo Foundation
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year
Send a Child to School in Nepal for a Year

Together, we have completed phase one of our school-build in the village of Sewalung! You watched our classroom walls spring from the earth and our school come to life. One year later, we have six wonderful teachers instructing 62 students. We are so grateful for your support up to this point in our journey. We could not have come this far without you. But we still have a long way to go.

We are transitioning to phase two of our two-year plan in Sewalung -- and we need your help to achieve our goals. This Wednesday, July 12 we are launching our second major fundraising campaign to transform our Sewalung school. We have lots of work to do!

With your help, we are:

  • reconstructing four classrooms damaged in the earthquake
  • building restrooms and installing running water
  • starting a school library
  • finalizing our school's agri-garden
  • providing electricity and internet access

Our goal for phase two is: enhance our school to provide our students with a truly high-quality learning environment for them to thrive and achieve their full potentials.

This Wednesday, July 12th only, all donations will be MATCHED by 100%. A $100 donation will become $200! Join us to dramatically improve our students’ quality of life and open up their futures to new possibilities. Thank you for your continued commitment to our mission.

As the school year in Nepal comes to a close, it is time to review our progress. Aditi Adhikari, the Diyalo Education Manager, and I visited the Sewalung school site in March to begin our monitoring and evaluation process. For more info, please see our Spring 2017 Newsletter, attached below. Our progress thus far would not have been possible without your continued support — thank you.

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The goal of Diyalo Education is to provide quality education throughout rural Nepal. Thus, our first school, the Diyalo Sewalung School, is in a very remote, mountainous region in Nepal’s eastern Sankhuwasabha district.

To reach the Sewalung school from Kathmandu, we took a 45-minute plane ride on a Yeti Airlines 29-seat turbo-propellor Jetstream 41. (Interestingly, there were only 100 of these British Aerospace J41s produced between 1992 and 1997, 10 of which are in operation in Nepal.) Once we landed at the single runway, three-room airport in Tumlingtar, we climbed into a taxi. 

This vehicle is not your typical taxi. It was a completely gutted and re-fashioned British-made early 1990s Land Rover Defender. (Scroll to images below).

The Land Rover Defender is one of the only off-road vehicles capable of reaching the location, and it was essential to bypass what would have been about a 3-day walk over mountains, rivers, rocks, brush, mud slopes, and through farmland, forest, and brush to reach the Village Development Committee of Jaljala. 

Jaljala is home to between 5500 and 6000 people, depending on who you ask. The altitude varies, due to the mountainous nature of the terrain, but the school was at about 5071ft. (1546m). Jaljala Ward #3, where our school is, has approximately 1200 people. Our school is the only primary school in the village.

Buddha Naragan Limbu welcomed us to the community. Buddha is the community member who hosted us for the rest of our stay. Upon arrival, we sat with a few community members, enjoyed some tea and a light dinner of rice and dal, and was peppered with a multitude of friendly questions. 

The next morning, the school principal, Kedar Bhandari, a long-time government-appointed teacher who has a B.A. in law, arranged a kind of “town hall” meeting with the community members. He called this meeting to discuss the progress of the project in an open dialogue. The conversation was overwhelmingly positive; however, there is still much to be done.

Some of the things that were going well: 

  • There are 62 children in school with 6 teachers — a 10:1 student-teacher ratio.
  • Classes are held daily with regular student attendance and 92% teacher attendance.
  • Meetings with children’s parents are held regularly to encourage attendance.

However, the nearest school and nearby bathroom were destroyed by the earthquake in 2015. The community and teachers identified two immediate needs:

  • Four more rooms to accommodate incoming students from the surrounding area.
  • Running water for the new bathroom.

Moreover, the school needed more materials need to ensure a rich learning environment including:

  • Reference textbooks.
  • Sporting goods for extracurricular activities.
  • Toys and puzzles for kindergarten students.
  • Crayons, pencils, papers, and erasers.

We also attended classes, spoke with teachers and students individually, and made a plan with community members entailing what needs to happen next. Most of the students at the school live in poverty.  The vast majority of their parents are farmers. That said, all of the students I spoke to were thrilled to be in school and hungry to learn. 

The atmosphere in the classroom was relaxed and the students were deeply engaged in learning. There was clearly a sense of mutual respect between the teachers and students. While teaching was focused and somewhat strenuous, all of the children were in high spirits. For more information on our pedagogy, see the article, “The State of Teaching and Learning” written by our Education Manager, Aditi Adhikari, in the full newsletter.

We must now take steps to raise the funds required to meet the immediate needs of our community — to build four more classrooms to house additional students whose schools were destroyed by the earthquake, and to build a clean bathroom with running water.

Our progress thus far would not have been possible without your continued support. Thank you. Together we are changing the world, one mind at a time.

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Some of Our Children at the first Diyalo School
Some of Our Children at the first Diyalo School

Diyalo came steps closer to achieving our goal of $15,000 in our recent GlobalGiving campaign, thanks to your generosity. We have raised nearly $8,998 from over 100 donors, giving us the official designation as one of GlobalGiving’s 35 new partner organizations. We could not have done it without your contributions and willingness to
share the *word* about Diyalo!

With our first Diyalo School up and running the funds we raise now are more important than ever and will be used to:

  • Provide scholarships for our 120 students, 54% of whom are girls.
  • Pay for school books, pencils, notebooks, white boards, desks, and benches.
  • Enable high quality teacher training and teacher salaries."
  • Fund development of Diyalo’s novel educational model: a holistic approach to education with innovation at the core. Our school is in full swing, but we still have much more to do to ensure that our students are getting the best we can possibly provide.

Current and future plans:

We are preparing to apply for grants by writing a comprehensive, detailed business plan. This business plan outlines the three main pillars of Diyalo’s mission: education, agriculture, and energy. Within these three pillars, the plan elaborates on Diyalo’s initiatives and the benefits of those initiatives to our partner communities. The business plan will serve as a repository of information that will be referenced when applying for grants. We are almost finished writing this business plan.

 

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Diyalo Foundation

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Adam Rouhana
Cambridge, MA United States

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