The unimaginable devastation caused by the earthquakes in Nepal has left many communities without homes, schools, livestock, food, and supplies. PHASE is deeply rooted in these local communities and is in a good position to provide both immediate and long-term support. We are on the ground in these isolated areas, helping to rebuild lives. This project aims to bring a much-needed sense of normalcy to the lives of school children by providing them with educational materials.
The recent earthquakes and aftershocks in Nepal have shattered its school system, especially in remote areas like Gorkha and Sindhupalchok (where PHASE has been working since 2006). Children in these areas have nowhere to go and are in dire need of rehabilitation. Many of these children are at risk of leaving school altogether to support families in rebuilding houses or livelihoods. This would be a disastrous setback in to Nepal's already troubled education system.
Schools are operating from makeshift tents. The children have no books or school supplies and it is hard to keep them occupied and learning. This project aims to provide a basic school kit to children in all of the schools in Hagam VDC, Sindhupalchok. This will ensure that they are engaged in learning activities at school and are able to build a sense of normalcy around their lives. Engaging children in learning activities will help divert their minds from the loss and destruction around them.
Given the uncertainty in the aftermath of the earthquakes, it is unclear how long it will be before regular schools will be rebuilt. This project's goal is to encourage children to return to school and stay in school once greater normalcy returns. PHASE is also formulating a longer-term response in coordination with other agencies.