Phillip and Fran lay the foundations
Despite the monsoonal downpours, spirits remain high in Nepal. Since our last update there has been huge progress made at the Shree Bal Shiksha school in Sindhupalchok.
None of this would be possible without both your generosity and selflessness. We hope reading this report brings you great joy - those hard earned dollars you donated have helped change the lives of earthquake affected children.
Thanks to some serious elbow grease there has been a total transformation at the school. Our five classrooms are just days away from completion.
The classrooms have now been completely separated by plywood walls, and the doors and windows have been installed. In addition, an accessibility ramp has been built outside the school to ensure disabled access, something that is decidedly lacking in Nepal.
At present our dedicated volunteers are adding the final licks of paint to the outer and inner walls in preparation for the final handover to the staff.
Next week we are holding a Paint Party in which our volunteers will work alongside the teachers and the students. We held a similar event at a previous project and it went down a storm. Everyone loved getting involved, and we don’t expect this time to be any different.
With our construction work nearing completion, it’s important to remind ourselves why we do this work.
So, I want to talk about an incredible human being called Binod Nepal, someone that each and everyone one of you have helped.
Binod is a 36-year-old teacher at the school. During the earthquake his home, which he shares with his wife and son, was completely destroyed. A landslide triggered by the aftershocks also devastated his farmland. With all options exhausted he was forced to sell his cattle for just one sixth of the normal price and move his family to Kathmandu.
Binod stayed in Kathmandu for around seven months but felt compelled to return to his educational duties. His wife and son stayed behind due to fear of landslides.
As a man who cares deeply about his school, Binod is exhilarated that IDV is building five new classrooms. He had this to say:
“The Temporary Learning Centre’s are no longer fit for purpose. The dust is having an adverse affect on the student’s health.”
Once again, none of this would be possible without your incredible support! It is because of you that Binod is now looking to the future with hope. Thanks so much.
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.
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Note that IDV is now also fundraising on GlobalGiving to increase its overall capacity to help disaster survivors.
"Just another brick in the wall"
The wooden framework is in place
Next some serious plying
Now for a lick of paint
Smiles all round!