Winter continues to torment lives of earthquake victims in Nepal. Among places destroyed beyond the threshold, many regions in Dolakha and Lalitpur districts still go through excessive struggle to revive. Dolakha, the epicenter of major earthquake shocks had all of its Village Development Committees affected. Similarly, villages in southern region of the Lalitpur district were worst affected. Each and every sector got affected, and amongst the most sensitive issues were the children- and their right for education.
The earthquake brought chaos in its worst forms. Desks and benches were no more an option when classrooms got buried. Teachers could not assure the safety of their students anymore. With the situation getting better with establishments of Temporary Learning Centres and increasing series of educational support, arrival of winter created new problems. Majority of schools have recently been witnessing decreasing number of students due to cold. Students and teachers attend school daily from far areas, some even taking an hour long of walking. School dropout rate in this place is high due to low income source in family because of which they are unable buy stationary materials and school uniform. Most of the students having lost warm clothes in the earthquake were unable to attend school in the shivering cold.
However, now students are more than happy to go to school. To help them attend schools regularly in peak hours of winter, ECCA Nepal through GlobalGiving’s support conducted Winter Support program. Tracksuits (along with a pair of shoes and socks) were distributed to 155 students of Kali Devi Lower Secondary School (Mirge, Dolakha) and to 255 students of Shree Bagh Bhairav Higher Secondary School (Kaleswor, Southern Lalitpur) including the school's Early Childhood Development Centre. In Lalitpur, warm tracksuits were distributed (on Feb 3, 2016) in the presence of Mr. Khem Nath Pokharel (Assistant District Education Officer of Lalitpur district).
“I used to catch cold every time I came to morning classes. But that has changed. Thank you for the warm tracksuit”, said one of the tenth grade students.
It wasn’t just students. In Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School (Mirge, Dolakha), blankets were distributed to 55 guardians (on Feb 10, 2016) with GlobalGiving’s support basically with two motives; provide them with a warmer housing and to motivate them to send their children to school regularly.
“After the earthquake weakened our economy, my wife and I had frequent debates over sending our children to school or let him stay at home helping with chores”, a guardian responded. “Now that he has got warm jackets, he doesn’t miss his classes anymore and we are happy too”, he shared remembering how happy he was when Bipin babu (ECCA program officer Mr. Bipin Shrestha) provided him with a blanket.
He spoke out one of the positive thoughts brought by ECCA among hundreds of those parents who couldn’t send their children in school. It is true that education after earthquake has a long way to reach pre-achieved quality but it could bring about new and innovative ideas on development. Furthermore, contribution of our donors during this time of struggle has helped us provide comfort and we are more than thankful to GlobalGiving as well.
A student of Shree Bagh Bhairav H.S.S. happily receives the tracksuits from Mr. Pokharel
Sharing happiness with parents
Mr. Rabindra Khatri provides tracksuit to a student
Students of Shree Bag Bhairav H.S.S. together wearing the tracksuit
Blanket distribution in Dolakha
"Thank you very much for the blanket and I like the colour too! May be I will let my children use this one... "- a resident of Dolakha in her Temporary shelter
"Winter doesn't feel so bad anymore!"
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