Help Rural Nepal Villages Rebuild and Recover

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Help Rural Nepal Villages Rebuild and Recover
Saraswati School
Saraswati School

Happy Spring!

Time has flown by since our last update, and we are quickly approaching another monsoon season. Because the majority of our work takes place outdoors, and for the safety of our staff and volunteers, we have to take a short break until the season passes. Our teams are set to wrap up their current projects at the end of May, and get right back to work at the end of the summer!

Our teams have kept very busy since our last update, working hard to finish up several school sites in the Sindhuli District. The Ma Vi Secondary School, where our Female Mason trainees are currently working, is set to be completed in the first week of May. The Saraswati Basic School is set to be completed at the end of April! We are always so excited to see this work as it approaches the finish line because it means so many children will soon be able to return to safe, comfortable, and enriching environments. Upon completion of these two schools alone, 385 students will be able to enjoy their new space.

We are also so excited to say that the third session of our Female Masons Training program is set to successfully wrap up at the end of May! This third “round” of the program is helping provide four Nepali women with the training they need to acquire certifications (which will allow them to work for fair wages within their community long after All Hands and Hearts has left Nepal). It has been such a pleasure working with the trainees, and sharing a variety of knowledge with them! Every Tuesday and Thursday evening english lessons are held for the Female Masons, and once a week our volunteers and staff are given conversational Nepali lessons. We are excited to continue this life-changing program in the fall!

Thank you for continuing to support the work our teams are doing in Nepal...I look forward to updating you again in a few months!

Nepali Lessons
Nepali Lessons
Community gathering with the AHAH team
Community gathering with the AHAH team
Our CEO, Erik, joining volunteers in Nepal
Our CEO, Erik, joining volunteers in Nepal

Hello Donors!

Since our last report, and the end of monsoon season, our teams in Nepal have been very busy! We mentioned that during our hiatus our teams planned, and were approved, to start work in the Sindhuli district where school rebuilds are coming along smoothly. Three months into this work, we are ready to share with you what we have been up to! Our team is currently working on two full school rebuilds, four WaSH stations, as well as a partial rebuild on a small school site that sustained minor damage. These WaSH stations (which refer to designated water, sanitation, and heygeine stations), are fundamental for the safe development of children as they learn good hygienic practices and are provided with a clean and consistent water source. WaSH installations are currently being installed, or improved, at each rebuild site.

Work has begun at Shree Ma Vi school, which before the 2015 earthquakes functioned as a 14 room building serving ECD through grade 10. Most of the building was severely damaged, leaving students with 5 structurally unsafe classrooms. Our teams will rebuild and repair existing classroom damage here, and build a new playground and retaining wall so 190 students can return to a safe and functional learning space where they can prosper.  

Teams are also working hard at Saraswati School, which serves students ECD through grade 8. Saraswati had 9 rooms, also experiencing a high degree of structural damage. Teams are currently working on rebuilding the three structurally damaged classrooms, and retrofitting two others. This work will help 195 students and 7 staff return to their school!

Finally, our teams are working at Shree Uccha Ma Vi school where the impact will be truly amazing! This school, which serves ECD through 12th grade (including an additional college), will support the development and learning of 350 students when completed. Here, our teams will continue their progress with the rebuild, as well as the installation of a new water source to support the entire school.

Our teams are working tirelessly for one primary reason: sustainability. When we rebuild homes and schools, we do everything we can to make sure these structures are built to last. Our schools are built with reinforced footings and beams, helping them stand strong even in the face of possible future quakes. Our compassionate teams are committed to providing sustainably safe classrooms, restrooms, and clean drinking water to as many students as possible. The work we are doing in Sindhuli alone will assist 735 students return to the joy of learning. So much of this work is possible because of you, the generous supporters of All Hands and Hearts and Globalgiving!

As always, thank you for your unwavering support for the work we do. You help change lives every day!

Volunteers working on a school foundation
Volunteers working on a school foundation
Volunteers working on a school foundation
Volunteers working on a school foundation
Students at a finished school in Haibung
Students at a finished school in Haibung

Hello Donors!

Recovery work has started up again in Nepal, after a brief hiatus for the monsoon season. As we’ve reported, in 2017 our focus has been to get children back into safe classrooms.This work is incredibly important, considering over 8,000 schools were damaged or destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes, and children have been learning in substandard and even dangerous classrooms in many areas since then. Before our pause, we wrapped up our second year of resilient school reconstruction, completing 3 schools in the Haibung District, and one school in Sindhupalchok. We are excited to say these schools are now fully functional, giving 439 children a safe and stable place to learn!

Meanwhile, during monsoon season, our staff went on to  finalize construction design, and acquire government approval for the reconstruction of two schools in the Sindhuli District. Today, we are pleased to say that All Hands and Hearts volunteers are back on the ground in Nepal, ready to turn safe, and comfortable classrooms into a reality for an additional 385 children. This October, field teams began work on Saraswati Basic School, Shree Ma Vi School, and two partial reconstruction projects on academic buildings at additional schools. We make it a priority that buildings we reconstruct are not only resilient, but also provide those that use them with highly beneficial features (including clean water access, hygiene stations, and bathrooms that suit their specific needs).

Beyond these specific projects, our team is also looking to identify other communities where children have still not been able to return to safe, comfortable classrooms since the earthquakes of 2015. As we progress this fall, we will continue to update you on our work in Nepal. As always, we are so thankful for the continued support of the Globalgiving community. You are the reason children and families around the world are able to acquire assistance after life-altering disasters.

From all of us at All Hands and Hearts—thank you!

Finished classroom in Haibung
Finished classroom in Haibung
Finished school in Haibung
Finished school in Haibung
Saraswati Basic School (Sindhuli district)
Saraswati Basic School (Sindhuli district)
Shree Ma Vi School (Sindhuli district)
Shree Ma Vi School (Sindhuli district)

Hello donors!

We are currently right in the middle of monsoon season in Nepal and the rains will continue to fall through September. This past April marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that impacted Nepal and also marked three years since All Hands and Hearts began to work in the communities hardest hit.

During those three years our team has rebuilt 17 schools damaged by the earthquake, allowing hundreds of children to return to safe and secure learning environments. Our team has learned many lessons during those three years, one of which includes how difficult it is to work in Nepal during monsoon season. It can be dangerous for volunteers on the sites, materials can be hard to source and it is nearly impossible to complete any work. All Hands and Hearts’ teams wrapped up work in April with the completion of two schools just in time.

Although work has stopped, our Program Development team continues to identify schools in need. Work in Nepal will begin again in October, where our teams will be rebuilding two schools in the Sindhuli district. We thank you for your continued support of our work across the world and invite you to check back soon for updates on the new school build progress.

Thanks!

Hello donors!

The end is in sight! The plaster work has been completed on Kalikasaran School and we have moved into the final stages of priming and painting. The three toilet Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) structure as part of the Kalikasaran School has been completed with just the final landscaping touches to go before the 85 teachers and students of Kalikasaran School have access to safe drinking water and hygienic toilets. Landscaping continues for Kalikasaran playground to ensure a fun and safe environment for the students to play. Off the worksite, volunteers are receiving Nepali dance lessons from the local masons in preparation for performing at the school handover and weekly team dinners continue bringing staff, volunteers, masons and community members together!

The five amazing female masons who have undertaken our Female Mason Training Program for the duration of this build are due to take an exam at the end of April to be given the official certification. This will enable them to continue masonry past this project and into the future.

In addition to the work being completed on Kalikasaran School, there is Manakamana; a primary school in the same community as Jalpa, that had 2 blocks with 4 toilets before the earthquake. After the earthquake, 40 students together with 5 teachers were using two temporary direct pit toilet structures and had no access to running water, the closest water source was 700 m away. Even with two ongoing school builds, AHAH has made time to help this community and has built a three Pan WaSH structure and playground and installed a water filtration system.

Once our work wraps up we will be pausing operations for monsoon season but will pick back up again in September when the weather gets better. We are incredibly appreciative of all the support of our donors and hope that you continue to stay up to date with all of our programs across the world.

Thank you!

 

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Heidi Dubreuil
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