Back in class at the Adarsha school, thanks to you
Thanks to your amazing generosity IDV’s New Year has gotten off to a flying start in Nepal. And with February now well underway we wanted to send you some updates about our work to Give the Gift of Education in Nepal.
In our first December project report we introduced you to our work repairing four permanent classrooms at the Shree Bim Adarsha school in Bhaktapur. The school’s classrooms were damaged in the earthquakes and this meant that the kids were being forced to learn in a temporary classroom with little protection from the elements. This added further discomfort to kids already affected by the earthquakes and it also made it hard for them to learn effectively.
So, we were keen to help as quickly as we could and began work rebuilding and reinforcing collapsed walls and providing new doors and windows. With this work done we then threw a community painting party to give the classroom a beautiful, inviting new look.
Everyone involved worked really hard to make the project a success and we’re happy to now report that the kids moved out of their temporary classrooms and into beautiful new ones before the new year arrived. This success was only possible because of your fantastic support and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this work possible.
And there’s even more good news from Nepal to report as well. Since October of last year Nepal has been locked in a fuel crisis due to a blockade on the Indian border. This made gasoline almost impossible to come by and both material and transport costs skyrocketed as a result.
This delayed our plans to help other needy schools in the district of Sindhupalchok, which was the worst affected in terms of the number of classrooms destroyed by the disasters. Happily over the last few days border crossings have begun to open again! This means gas is beginning to flow and we can seriously look at resuming our plans.
We’re also starting work in other rural areas too. For example, over the next week or so we’ll be sending a team to the Deurali area of Gorkha district to build bathrooms and handwashing facilities in schools badly affected by the earthquakes.
With so much going on we’re planning to send more frequent, but shorter updates, about our plans and our progress. So stay tuned over the next few days for more news and updates.
Once again, thanks so much for all your amazing support.
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. I would be delighted to hear from you.
The Adarsha classrooms before our work
An Adarsha classroom after our work
We were fortunate to be hosted at a thank you day