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Rebuild Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal

by All Hands and Hearts
Rebuild Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal

Hello again! 

It’s hard to believe that 3 months have already gone by since our last report - monsoon season has passed and our teams have spent the past two weeks preparing the base for incoming volunteers. Times like this are such an exciting time for our staff and volunteers in Nepal. They are returning refreshed and ready to tackle the challenges that come with rebuilding schools in remote and rural locations. Even more exciting is that in less than 6 months, a brand new school will be ready for students to use again safely. 

As we speak, our team is preparing to begin work in the Makwanpur district of Nepal, an area southwest of Kathmandu. The first school where our team will work is Shree Manakamana Basic School. According to our assessment team, the school serves ECD to grade 8 with 140 children enrolled, and 11 staff. Before the 2015 earthquakes, Shree Manakamana Basic School had 13 classrooms in total including 4 support rooms. The school received no help from the government - the school has desperately needed repairs for four years, and we are so excited to get started.

Our work queue will grow a bit more over the next few months as we begin working on another two schools in November. We are also excited to begin another round of our Female Masons Training Program. These incredible women will help us rebuild the schools that will benefit so many children in their community, and we can’t wait to share with you our progress in our next update.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our work in Nepal - it’s so nice to have you on our team!

Shree Manakamana Basic School - "before"
Shree Manakamana Basic School - "before"
Shree Manakamana Basic School - "before"
Shree Manakamana Basic School - "before"
Students Celebrating the Completion of Saraswati
Students Celebrating the Completion of Saraswati

Hello friends!

We are truly thrilled to report to you that we are entering our 5th year in Nepal! Starting back in 2015, our goal has been to help rural communities in Nepal (with limited access to the resources they need) recover from the devastating earthquake that impacted over 5 million people. We are so thankful for the support we have received from supporters like you that has helped us stay this long, and we are happy to provide a quick update on what’s new and next for All Hands and Hearts in Nepal! Linked here is a story written by a long-time All Hands and Hearts staff member about our time in Nepal to-date. Stay tuned - we will be updating our project page soon to reflect the ways our efforts in Nepal have evolved, especially following our merger with Happy Hearts Fund in 2017. 

This past season, our teams completed work on the following schools: 

  • Ma Vi Secondary School
  • Saraswati Basic School
  • Shree Jana Jagriti Secondary School
  • Uccha Ma Vi Higher Secondary School

Additionally, all four participants in our Female Masons Training program successfully acquired their certifications! 

This fall, the Masons Training program will continue in tandem with school rebuilds. Forward-looking, we currently have three schools in our queue that are in dire need of assistance with their rebuild and recovery process. Upon completion, the schools will be safe and structurally sound for years to come. We are set to begin working on two schools in the Sindhuli district, as well as one school in Makwanpur beginning in October!   

Until then, happy summer from All Hands and Hearts!

The Nepal Program Team 2018-2019
The Nepal Program Team 2018-2019
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)
 

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All Hands and Hearts

Location: Mattapoisett, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Heidi Dubreuil
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Mattapoisett, MA United States
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