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Give the Gift of Education in Nepal

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Give the Gift of Education in Nepal
Our community paint party at Adarsha school
Our community paint party at Adarsha school

Thanks so much for helping to Give the Gift of Education to over 2,200 children in Nepal.

In our last report we described how we were starting to handover work to local partners, after completing some final projects with our international volunteers.

That handover is now complete and, as a result, we’ll soon be closing down this education based project on GlobalGiving. I’ll return to that in a moment but first I wanted to reflect on everything you’ve helped us to achieve.

Our international team arrived in Nepal just ten days after the earthquake, and they immediately got to work providing immediate relief.

The earthquakes destroyed or damaged over 36,000 classrooms and one million kids were left without a safe place to attend school. So, we started supporting education by helping schools to get their doors open again.

With your incredible support we provided transitional classrooms to over 700 children and school supplies for 1,400 more.

Then, as the monsoon rains ended, we were about to start building permanent classrooms in Sindhupalchok when the country was gripped by a fuel crisis. Transport costs spiralled, and so we turned our attention to the Shree Bim Adarsha school in Bhaktapur, which is much closer to the capital.

At Adarsha we repaired and reinforced four permanent classrooms, before throwing a community painting party to give the rooms a beautiful, inviting new look.

While these classrooms were beautiful your amazing generosity soon allowed us to do even more at the Shree Bal Shiksha school in Sindhupalchok.

At Bal Shiksha volunteers from all over the world united to build five brand new permanent classrooms, and a new toilet block as well! The new toilets are vital to keeping kids in class because water-borne diseases, like cholera, are very common in Nepal. So, we also built handwashing stations and provided hygiene lessons as well.

Finally, to make sure the new classrooms were properly equipped we also provided Bal Shiksha with forty new sets of school desks and benches.

Our school furniture was a big hit at other schools too, and in total your kind donations allowed us to provide new desks and benches to over 430 oher earthquake affected children. Thank you so much for this, and for everything else you’ve helped us to achieve.

It’s been an amazing couple of years but, as mentioned above, we’ve now completed the handover of work to our local partners. For the last few months we’ve been supporting those partners to reconstruct an earthquake damaged orphanage just outside of Kathmandu.

Several of the children are disabled, and all were desperately in need of a safe place to live. So, the orphanage was something we wanted to support. However, while we hope to do even more, we’re conscious that this isn’t education based work. As a result, we’ve now decided to close this particular project on GlobalGiving. We may open a new one for the orphanage soon.

Please do keep an eye out, but for now thank you so much again for Giving the Gift of Education to so many children in Nepal.

As always if you ever have any questions about our work or how we use your donations please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVMedia on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Our transitional classrooms had a dramatic setting
Our transitional classrooms had a dramatic setting
Bal Shiksha school was an incredible achievment
Bal Shiksha school was an incredible achievment
Our school furniture was also a hit
Our school furniture was also a hit
Bikash was delighted with his uniform and bag
Bikash was delighted with his uniform and bag

Thanks so much for helping to Give the Gift of Education in Nepal.

In our previous report we announced the end of our international volunteer operations, and described how we were starting to handover work to local partners and actors. That local handover has progressed, but soon after sending our last report we decided to undertake one final mini-project involving international volunteers as well.

Prior to completing our sanitation work at Shree Bal Shiksha we also provided toilets and handwashing stations at the Santa Krishna school just outside Kathmandu. Their originally dire sanitary conditions placed 54 children at risk of serious illness.

We successfully tackled many of the issues last October but, having learnt from our subsequent work at Bal Shiksha, we realised we could easily make some further improvements back at Santa Krishna too.

Monitoring and evaluation visits had revealed that the Santa Krisha handwashing stations were functioning well, but that children were now drinking from the non-potable water supply. Also, some children were only giving their hands a quick splash with water when washing. To address these new challenges we took some simple but effective actions.

Sarah, our Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project Coordinator, first worked with the teachers to install a new drinking water tank with a natural filtration system made from layers of rock, gravel and sand. While these layers do a good job of filtering out big particles and pollutants, they don’t fully clean the water, but Sarah also had another trick up her sleeve.

Sarah’s next task was to provide the teachers and kids with the tools and knowledge needed to use the Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS) method. Pioneered by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology this process requires only a clear bottle and sunshine to work.

We gave plastic PET bottles to all the children, and Sarah also provided training and resources to the teachers to help with the ongoing purification. As a final job Sarah also improved our previously built handwashing stations by adding pictures to show effective handwashing techniques.

We’re delighted to have been able to make these further improvements at Santa Krishna, and we’re very grateful to Sarah for volunteering to stay on and undertake this work.

Yet, this isn’t the only way we’ve been using your generous donations in Nepal recently

In starting our handover to local actors we first looked to our amazing local Operations Manager, Anamica. Over the last few months we’ve worked with Anamica to provide vital school supplies and learning materials at a number of earthquake affected schools.

Our first distributions provided library books for over 250 children at three schools in the districts of Kavre, Mustang and Makawanpur. The kids at these schools have struggled to learn since the earthquakes, and providing library books is another simple and effective step we can take to improve their overall situation.

We also supported the Lal Kiran primary school in Makawanpur before. Last May we provided the children with new desks and benches, and our more recent distribution revealed that more support was still needed.

So, we made a plan and Anamica recently returned to the school again, this time to provide uniforms, school bags and stationery for the school’s 62 children. As always the children were delighted to see Anamica and receive the badly needed supplies.

Thank you so much for making this continued work possible. While these projects might not seem as glamorous as building new classrooms, they’re making a vital impact to children’s education nonetheless.

As always if you ever have any questions about our work or how we use your donations please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVMedia on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

Sarah (right) increased our Santa Krishna impacts
Sarah (right) increased our Santa Krishna impacts
Bottles and instructions for the SODIS method
Bottles and instructions for the SODIS method
Anamica attracts attention as she repacks supplies
Anamica attracts attention as she repacks supplies
The kids show off their new classrooms and toilets
The kids show off their new classrooms and toilets

Thanks to your incredible generosity we're continuing to Give the Gift of Education in Nepal.

In our last report I described how we’d started building new toilets at the Shree Bal Shiksha school in Sindhupalchok. These were to accompany the five new permanent classrooms we built in 2016.

Well, I recently returned from a visit to Nepal and I’m delighted to announce that the new toilets are now also complete!

The finished buildings, both toilets and classrooms, look fantastic, and I’m sending a few more photos than usual with this report so that you can appreciate the results too!

The new toilets are vital because water-borne diseases, like cholera, are common in Nepal. Yet, while physical buildings are important, people’s knowledge and behaviour are also critical in avoiding sickness.

So, one of our amazing volunteers Sarah created a mural to illustrate the “steps of handwashing”, and we got the kids engaged by asking them to add their handprints to the toilet's handwashing station.

Sarah also worked with some of the teachers to provide a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) education session as well. This was a peer learning event with some of the children demonstrating the importance of sanitation through drama.

The session covered the importance of washing your hands, boiling drinking water and menstrual hygiene, and the kids really seemed to engage with it. There were comments and laughter, and the participating kids all got certificates too.

It’s too early to tell exactly how much of this will stick, at least with all the kids, but there were definitely encouraging signs.

During the project we also decided to build a second hand-washing station at the school, and as I approached to take photos I could see a queue of children waiting to wash their hands and face before lunch.

It was a lovely sight, and a lovely day all round. It had been about nine months since I last visited the school, and so I got to personally see the children using the new classrooms, and the school furniture we also provided, for the first time.

It was amazing to see how, between the new toilets, hand-washing stations, classrooms, furniture and WASH education, our work has already made a massive difference to the education of the school’s 600 children. This was especially poignant for me, because completing this project also marked the end of our international volunteer operations in Nepal.

There’s much work left to be done in Nepal, but we’ve decided the time is now right to handover our efforts to local partners. This follows the model we established after withdrawing volunteers from Haiti and the Philippines, and we’ll continue to support our local partners in all countries, Nepal included, as our funding allows.

Thanks so much for helping to make this project, and our volunteer deployment in Nepal, an amazing success - we couldn’t have done it without you! I sincerely hope you’ll stay involved and engaged as we move forward.

As always if you ever have any questions about our work or how we use your donations please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVMedia on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

Both new building look fantastic
Both new building look fantastic
James in front of the completed toilets
James in front of the completed toilets
The steps of hand-washing and the kids handprints
The steps of hand-washing and the kids handprints
Peer learning through drama: "arrgh, I feel awful"
Peer learning through drama: "arrgh, I feel awful"
The doctor says: "wash your hands silly"
The doctor says: "wash your hands silly"
A hand-washing station getting full use
A hand-washing station getting full use
These Girls Can - Thanks to you!
These Girls Can - Thanks to you!
International volunteers and community members
International volunteers and community members

Thanks so much for helping to Give the Gift of Education in Nepal.

In our last report we described how we were continuing to support the Shree Bal Shiksha school in Sindhupalchok. After first building five new permanent classrooms, we’d moved onto equipping those classrooms by providing forty new desks and benches.

Since that report we’ve continued to support the school by providing other essential infrastructure - this time school toilets.

The school’s original toilets were damaged in the 2015 earthquakes, and this means that there aren’t enough bathrooms for the school’s 600 children. They are many water-borne diseases in Nepal, including cholera, and this puts all the kids at risk of getting sick, or worse.

In fact, during any given week, multiple children are often absent from school due to stomach upsets and sickness. This is a problem in itself, but it also means that children often miss important lessons and get behind in class.

This undermines our work providing the classrooms and furniture and so, from the beginning of our time at the school, we knew we also wanted to provide new toilets once our other work was completed.

So, in late October we also began the construction of a brand new toilet block next to our new classrooms.

It’s a fairly substantial project because, as well as building the new toilets from the ground up, we’ve also had to build a septic tank large enough to handle all the waste material.

So, in addition to utilising our own volunteers and resident engineer, we’ve also employed a local contractor and an all female crew of labourers as well. As a result, this project is not only meeting a major need at the school, it’s also providing a vital income to families in the community as well. It’s a win-win situation.

At first we were a little worried that there might be a communications barrier between the local workers and international volunteers. But our own local staff and the school’s teachers were on hand to help translate and, after a just a few days, the combined construction team were on fire!

As a result, just seven weeks after breaking ground, the new toilets are now well on their way to completion.

After digging, and then pouring the concrete foundations - all by hand - work started on the brick walls for both the toilet building and the septic tank. Drainage pipes and door frames have been installed in the toilet block, and the septic tank walls were then rendered. Last week yet more concrete was poured for the toilet floors, and also the lid of the septic tank.

Looking ahead we’ll soon be adding the toilet building’s roof, and we’ll also turn our attention to tiling, painting and the actual bathroom fittings. We’ll also be providing a new water tank and pump so that the toilets have a constant water supply. This will ensure the toilets can be properly used and cleaned in the future.

All in all, we’re delighted with how smoothly this project is running. When complete these new toilets will help keep the school’s children healthy and, in turn, this will mean that they can make the most of the new classrooms and furniture we’ve also provided.

Thank you so much for helping to make this project such a success.

As always if you ever have any questions about our work or how we use your donations please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Working together to dig the septic tank
Working together to dig the septic tank
The septic with new toilets and classrooms behind
The septic with new toilets and classrooms behind
The septic tank
The septic tank's concrete lid is poured
The classrooms at Bal Shiksha school are complete
The classrooms at Bal Shiksha school are complete

Thanks to your incredible generosity our work to Give the Gift of Education in Nepal is surging ahead.

So, although we only recently sent you a project report we wanted to send another now to keep you as updated as possible.

In our last report we described how we were about to complete five new permanent classrooms at the Shree Bal Shiksha school in Sindhupalchok. The climax of our work included a “paint party” and an official ceremony where the rooms were handed over to the school.

It was a great end to a great project, but while the new classrooms are complete our work at the school is far from over.

The Nepal earthquakes destroyed around 36,000 classrooms, and essential school furniture and school supplies were also lost as a result.

And, while rebuilding classrooms is important, it’s also vital to properly equip them if kids are to receive an effective education.

So, we’re now also working on forty new sets of desks and benches for the new classrooms.  This additional support will allow the children to work in comfort, and more effectively learn the lessons they need to build secure futures.

Since our arrival in Nepal we’ve also helped provide school furniture and school supplies to many other schools and children.

For example, earlier this month we braved some of the worst roads imaginable to deliver twenty desk and bench sets for children at the Shree Dhuseni Lower Secondary school in Dhading district.

Over fifty children stopped attending school here after the earthquakes damaged their classrooms and furniture. For over a year students had been forced to work on tarpaulin sheets on the floor.

Our new desks and benches have dramatically improved the learning environment for these children, and will hopefully entice some of the lost students to return to the school.

Also, in May 2016 we provided twenty five desk and bench sets for children at the Shree Lal Kiran Primary School in Makawanpur district.

This remote school was badly damaged by the first earthquake and one of its two buildings completely collapsed in the disaster. The community was able to repair the school building but the earthquake also destroyed their school furniture, which they had been unable to replace.

Our support means that these classrooms are now properly equipped, and that the kids can learn effectively.

Finally, in 2015 we also supported schools in the communities of Pyrae and Balephi by providing school furniture for 96 children. We also provided school supplies to children in Hagam.

Overall, when the furniture for Shree Bal Shiksha is completed, we’ll have provided school furniture for over 430 children, and school supplies for 1,400 more.

We think this is incredible, and none of it would have been possible without your fantastic support.  Thank you so much!

We’re ready to provide even more furniture, for even more schools, and starting right now there’s an amazing opportunity for you to help us achieve this.

Donations made to this project via GlobalGiving.org are currently being matched at 30%.  So, a donation of $58 can provide a school desk and bench set which costs us $75 to produce.  This will allow four children to read and write comfortably and effectively.

There is a total of $30,000 in match funding being released at noon Eastern US time, and donations up to $1,000 are eligible while funds remain

As always if you ever have any questions about our work or how we use your donations please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Note that IDV is now also fundraising on GlobalGiving to increase its overall capacity to help disaster survivors.

 

Now we
Now we're building furniture for the classrooms
Furniture delivered as "flatpacks" to Dhuseni
Furniture delivered as "flatpacks" to Dhuseni
Thanks so much for Giving the Gift of Education
Thanks so much for Giving the Gift of Education
 

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