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.
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Our transitional classrooms had a dramatic setting
Bal Shiksha school was an incredible achievment
Our school furniture was also a hit