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Rebuild Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal

by All Hands and Hearts
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Rebuild Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal
Rebuild Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal
Rebuild Earthquake Resilient Schools in Nepal
Shree Manakamana Basic School (before and after)
Shree Manakamana Basic School (before and after)

Greetings friends and supporters of our Nepal Relief Program,

This past March, we celebrated the completion of our Makwanpur Program and the Shree Manakamana Basic School. The team completed an impressive scope of work, making sure the school could comfortably and safely accommodate the 140 students that attend it. We also continued to provide Female Mason Training on both programs operating this season. To date, 25 women have successfully completed this capacity building training course, during which they learn about disaster resilient building techniques that they can share with their larger communities.

This spring, we had planned to complete three brand new schools prior to monsoon season (which typically starts in mid-June). Today, I have an update regarding the way COVID-19 has affected our operations around the world, and what this means for our team in Nepal. Our top priority is and will continue to be the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. For this reason, effective March 12th, All Hands and Hearts temporarily suspended all operations, withdrawing over 400 staff and volunteers from seven program locations in the US and around the world in 72 hours. After careful consideration, our leadership team has now determined that it is unlikely we will be able to restart our volunteer-driven operations before September 2020. However, our commitments to beneficiary communities remain resolute. As of September 1, we expect to begin reopening programs on a case-by-case basis, based on local government guidelines and the advice of medical experts.

We know that the poor and vulnerable populations we serve are already feeling a disproportionate impact from COVID-19. Stay-at-home orders, closed schools, layoffs, and medical shortages land differently on those sheltering in a damaged home, in a community without internet or one without a clinic, or for those already struggling to afford basic necessities. Our goal now is to sustain our model and prepare to meet the challenges that COVID is already injecting into the disaster recovery landscape, so we can serve our mission over the long haul.

We are incredibly eager to return to the field and continue the important work we started in Nepal. There is a critical need to make our schools safe so children can relocate from temporary classrooms into the main buildings and have appropriate shelter. We are monitoring local restrictions to determine if, and when, local staff can return to the Thakureshor and Janakalyan schools to complete construction and finalize the buildings. If staff can’t continue this work by May 15, the sites will stay closed until the monsoon season recedes in October.

Thank you for following our progress, and for your ongoing support! We look forward to updating you again soon.

One of our mason trainees
One of our mason trainees
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Foundation Prep at Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi
Foundation Prep at Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi

Greetings friends and supporters of our Nepal Relief Program,

We are so excited to enter our fifth year of school rebuilds in Nepal, as our teams rapidly make progress on three new project sites. The first site is nestled in the Makwanpur District, which is one of the most heavily impacted Districts following the 2015 earthquake. Here, the team is working on the Shree Manakamana Basic School which serves ECD through eighth grade. When their work is done, 140 enrolled children will have access to their brand new school.

The second and third sites are situated in the rural municipality of Marin (which is in the larger Sindhuli District, located approx. 5 hours outside of Kathmandu). Here, teams are working on two new schools, namely the Shree Thakureshwor Ni Ma Vi school, and the Shree Janakalyan Ni Ma Vi school. We aim to have both schools finished by mid-May 2020 when we will open the doors to a combined 338 students.

Continued support for our work in Nepal helps us provide desperately needed improvements in addition to the structural improvements already in motion. Examples include new clean and reliable water sources, safe and gender-appropriate sanitation facilities, hygiene and hand wash-stations, and even structurally sound playgrounds. Each of these elements has the power to improve the health and well-being of these children, allowing them to focus on the joys of childhood and learning. Thank you for following the progress our teams have made in Nepal, and for supporting their work on the incredible 21 schools that have already been completed.

I look forward to updating you again soon!

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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"
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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
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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
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All Hands and Hearts

Location: Mattapoisett, MA - USA
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Heidi Dubreuil
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