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Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal

by The Nepal Trust
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Earthquake recovery in Sindupalchowk, Nepal
Kalika school under construction
Kalika school under construction

Dear Friends and Supporters.

The Kalika school rebuilding project is going well and construction of the main building and the toilet block is well advanced. Some politics reared its ugly head when the Maoist group Biplav demanded donations and forced our workers to halt construction or they would create more problems.We are now in discussion with them to solve the matter and we hope to complete the building by this summer.

This is something the Nepal Trust has had to deal with before, particularly during the civil war. However, we was recognised as a trustworthy and reliable organisation and allowed to continue our work. The majority of other agencies and government offices had to pack up and leave.

The havoc and destruction caused by the 2015 earthquake is more widespread than previously thought particularly affecting schools. Over a much wider area many were totally destroyed and a greater number were damaged to the point of being unsafe. The Trust is now working in a number of areas to help rebuild schools and improve education opportunities for the many deprived children in some of the remoter areas.

One such area is the district of Makwanpur southwest of Kathmandu. It is fairly close to the capital and also to the Indian border to the south. Makwanpur is a prime target for human trafficking both within and outwith Nepal. The Safe in School project aims to keep students safe in their school; this involves implementing various child-centered activities at the school. Our assumption is that this will increase school attendance, decrease school dropout rates and motivate students to increase learning achievements. The project concentrates on improving the quality of the school facilities in some of the poorest villages in Makwanpur district, which were also some of the most earthquake affected.By focussing on reducing dropouts and increasing school enrolement we can ultimately keep children out of the hands of traffickers whilst improving their life chances.

Five primary and lower secondary schools attended by 1500 children have been identified for structural improvements. An additional component includes capacity building  that will involve child health education, girls hygiene, improved nutrition, and teacher training.

Your help and support for this vital project would be much appreciated. Children need the building blocks of life to have a sustainable future and we can help them to achieve this. Thank you for all your help and support since this disaster happened but we need much more to make an impact. Tell your friends and encourage them too.

Namaste

School construction
School construction
Kalika - more construction work
Kalika - more construction work
Namaste
Namaste

Dear friends and supporters.

My apologies for this brief report and I do hope to have more detailed information for you by the next report. Our work continues with the construction of new schools and the upgrade and repair of many more. We treat education as a priority so that children and the young generation can grasp the rungs of a ladder to a better future. The earthquake of nearly 4 years ago destroyed many schools and damaged many more. It is now very apparent that some schools will have to be totally replaced as cracks and subsidence become more obvious. This is a tremendous burden on a poor country like Nepal and they will need our help and support for a long time yet.

Our first school project is now up and running. The school at Tarkegjang in Sindupalchowk has enabled the children to leave their temporary accommodation and move to the shiny new building with its wonderful views of the Himalayas. The school is at the heart of their community and a proud monument to their resileance and hard work.

A second school, the Shree Bajarhatti school for deaf and disabled children in Chitwan, has a lovely new teaching block with upgraded facilities. This school, although far from the earthquake epicentre, still suffered and buildings were unsafe for use. Many of the young students already have a difficult start to life but the new facilities have helped to improve their chances.

A similar story can be told about a current project. Kalika school in Nawalparasi suffered similar damage making the buildings unsafe for use. This is a very poor area and national funding support is very limited. Most children will have only a very limited future if they do not have a proper education. The new school buildings are now well underway and should be ready in a few months.

Thank you for all your support and I hope you will continue to help. Perhaps your friends would like to hear about us and what we are trying to achieve? Building new schools is very expensive and your help to spread the news would be very welcome. I know the world seems to be full of disasters these days but we can all help in some way.

Namaste 

Shree Bajarhatti new school block
Shree Bajarhatti new school block
Tidying up.
Tidying up.
Bajarhatti school at lessons.
Bajarhatti school at lessons.
Kalika school under construction
Kalika school under construction
Construction work.
Construction work.
Makwanpur pupils receiving bursary help.
Makwanpur pupils receiving bursary help.

Dear friends and supporters.

It is nearly 4 years since the devastating earthquake that killed so many people and destroyed the lives of many. Slowly life is getting back to some normality but there is still much to do. A recent report has been published that demonstrates where progress has been made but also emphasises where more work is required. The Inter Agency Common Feedback Project focuses on reconstruction, food security, livelihoods and protection. It is a community engagement project that consults with all demographic groups in the project area. Its key findings include:

  • House and building reconstruction has increased to 49% over the last twelve months but it also means that over 50% of people are still living in temporary accommodation. Although this is not now a Nepal Trust priority we did train a number of masons to help speed up the rebuilding process. Our main focus now is on infrastructure, farming and school development.
  • Clean and effective water supplies are still a priority for 36% of the population. The Trust has prioritised this issue in the 6 Rural Municipalities (RMs) it has chosen to work in and all have new water supply systems.
  • Lack of a suitable finance source is a major problem for many and 50% have to borrow money. Of these 65% are forced to borrow from informal sources charging high interest rates.
  • Only 12% feel fully recovered from the earthquake. The main constraints being a lack of suitable economic opportunities; not enough disaster resilient housing; insufficient current livelihood options; and debt problems.
  • Livelihood needs are recognised as: new skills, paid work, improved seeds, land to farm, cash support and water supplies. The Trust has been very active in some of these areas particularly farming and education.
  • 86% of people feel things are starting to recover and the majority feel better able to cope with a future disaster through better and safer homes, forward planning and safe storage for food (grains).
  • Training opportunities are seen as limited and much in demand. The main training areas include masonry, new farming techniques, entrepreneurship, and carpentry. The Trust has noticed that where a farmer uses new improved methods and techniques neighbouring farmers will show interest and follow suite.

 

Elsewhere our work to replace/improve schools gathers momentum. Many schools not directly in the earthquake zone nevertheless suffered damage not immediately noticeable. It is now very apparent that many of these schools will require extensive repair or replacement. The replacement of Kalika school in Nawalparasi district continues (see last report). A new project to upgrade 5 schools in Makwanpur district has now started with toilet construction at 4 schools and the construction of 2 new classrooms. 

We have just about reached the end of 2018 and heading for the festive season also the season of goodwill. Let us all remember the hardships others have to face through no fault of their own. Natural disasters can happen to us all. Many, many thanks for all your support and help to date. Your continued support would be great and gratefully accepted by those in most need. Please tell or remind your friends about us. There is still a great need and your help will be much appreciated.

 

Namaste and Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year 2019

Makwanpur toilet block under construction
Makwanpur toilet block under construction
A typical 2 roomed house.
A typical 2 roomed house.
Dressing a Christmas tree
Dressing a Christmas tree
Nepals Future
Nepals Future

Dear Friends and Supporters.

We all know how important a good education is for our children and their futures. The terrible earthquake of 2015 destroyed that hope for many and the repercussions continue. Temporary learning centres (TLC) were set up very quickly so children could continue with a basic education but replacement schools take a long time to go through all the necessary planning stages before they can even start. The Nepal Trust has been at the forefront of this process building new schools where there is a need. Unfortunately, the aftermath of the earthquake left many buildings in a 'useable' but precarious state and it is now evident that these buildings have to be replaced before there is a disaster.

One such school is at Kalika in Nawalparisi district. This is a particularly poor area where nearly 40% of the population are illiterate. The original school was built in 1984 with the support of a number of the local people who were concerned about the lack of education for their children. It was built mainly from wood and bamboo but served its purpose and opened up a new future for their children. In 2007 a new concrete and brick teaching block was added with the support of a foreign aid agency. The earthquake of 2015 created so much damage that the building is now unsafe and cannot be used. Almost back to square one!

In addition the demand for education has increased and the current school is too small. The school caters for 450 students; 230 girls and 220 boys, from nursery to grade 10. The Nepal Trust will construct a new safe school building with 8 classrooms, provide new furniture and build a new toilet/sanitation block.

The main aim of this particular programme is to aid the recovery of this earthquake affected area with a focus on child education. The long term aim is to promote social reconstruction, political stability and social cohesion by developing an improved and sustainable secondary education system that falls within the new Government policy. The programme also aims to reinstate and develop education provision in accordance with the United Nations Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly those which focus on achieving global primary education and extreme poverty reduction.

The need caused by the devastating affect of that 2015 earthquake continues and will do so for some time yet. I know disasters happen somewhere in the world every year and it is easy to forget but there are always long-term repercussions to deal with. This is definitely the case in Nepal and it will need our help for a long time yet.

Thank you for all your help and support so far. I hope you will continue to help and share with your friends. Tell them that there is still a great need and by contributing they will be helping some of the poorest people on the planet.

Namaste. 

Blessing the new school
Blessing the new school
Kalika school under construction
Kalika school under construction
Ready to build
Ready to build
Education is so important
Education is so important
Tarkegyang school near completion
Tarkegyang school near completion

Dear friends and supporters.

Tarkegyang village in Helambu was totally destroyed in the 2015 earthquake that devastated the homes and lives of so many people in this part of Nepal. From being a busy and successful community, much loved by trekkers and tourists, it was reduced in seconds to a pile of stones and timbers. Contact with the outside world was limited and people had to survive with very limited resources. Always resourceful they rallied round and began to salvage what they could for the rebuilding phase. All stones and timbers were carefully sorted and stacked for future re-use.

The Nepal Trust was the first agency to arrive in the village and quickly began a recovery programme. Emergency support and temporary housing materials were quickly supplied to protect the villagers from the vagaries of the impending monsoon and the cold winters at these high elevations. The villagers themselves quickly re-established the community trekking lodge to provide a steady flow of income to help with the rebuilding of their village.

It was decided from the outset that the children should not suffer more disruption to their young lives than was absolutely necessary. Schooling was of the utmost importance for their futures and being able to continue with their lessons would help them to overcome the terrible trauma of the earthquake. The Trust provided a Temporary Learning Centre (TLC) that allowed their education to continue.

Plans were quickly drawn up to replace the damaged school with an earthquake resistant building to meet government regulations. This was a drawn out procedure and took much longer than expected due to the overwhelming demands place on the government. Work started in late 2016 and was well underway during my visit in Spring 2017. All materials; stone, timber, gravel, cement, etc, had to be physically carried to the site from the nearest roadhead - a tremendous task but not out of the question for these hardy mountain people.

I am happy to report that the school is almost ready for use. The final touches are being made and it should be ready in a matter of weeks.

Of course none of this would have happened without your help and support. There is still much to do and requests and demands for our help are a constant. Schools, infrastructure and livelihood projects are our focal areas. It is so important to get back working and to provide incomes and future prosperity.

I hope you will continue to give your support and please encourage friends and colleagues to help also. It is now 3 years since the earthquake and many are still living under desperate circumstances. Recovery will take a long time and we will remain there until there is a semblance of normality.

Namaste 

Temporary Learning Centre
Temporary Learning Centre
A pile of stone and timbers.
A pile of stone and timbers.
Plastering work
Plastering work
Nearly there.
Nearly there.
A magnificent mountain view.
A magnificent mountain view.
 

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Location: Glasgow, Scotland - United Kingdom
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Tony Sharpe
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