This week saw the completion of 25 temporary Shelters for classrooms in Shirkha Besi. We managed to cover 7 schools in the VDC, giving them safe, functioning shelters from which to run the school until after the monsoon.
The project took a week and cost around US$4000. All of the materials used will be re-used later when we build permanent Schools.
The villagers where surprised at the work we have done so far and are happy for the help. Now there is some hope and excitement in the village.
Soon we will be sending Blackboards, School Books and Pens so that classes can resume in some kind of order. But there are many problems to overcome still and many hurdles to cross. Some teachers have left but we hope they will return soon.
This is the first step of our Seven Schools in Seven Weeks Project which is currently in its fundraising stage.
NCRR have chosen to work on the rebuilding of village schools as part of our building phase. School buildings within Nepalese villages are an integral part of the social network, community and social structure of a village. Not only are schools a place for education and a safe, supervised place for parents to leave their children, they also represent community centers. They are more important now than ever as they are a safe place for children to go to while parents clear and rebuild.
In the VDC there are some 600 houses destroyed. Although we would like to assist, it would be an immeasurable task for us to rebuild every house and with local politics heavily involved it is nigh impossible to begin such a large project.
In the long term the villagers will receive financial assistance from the Nepal Government to rebuild their homes (Details of this and when it will be released are still unclear and it could take some time). The best thing we can do is secure local families in shelters, provide building advice and materials before the monsoon and then assist them in opening up channels to access the funds from the Government as well as maintain a stable food and medical aid supply until they can become self-sufficient again.
By choosing the rebuilding of schools as our core objective we:-
a. Can quite successfully implement our objective
b. By using earthquake safe building technology we can also provide education and training for local people in regard. As a result we hope to initiate the safe building of houses in the region. The equipment we use will be donated to the community for reuse.
To be successful in the above proposal we have created teams who are currently being educated with regard to safe building technique.
PROJECT OBJECTIVE To rebuild six primary schools and one Secondary School in the Shikhar Besi VDC. NCRR Objective is to re build the school as earthquake resistant, sustainable (Rainwater Harvesting, Solar Power, Bio Toilets), to create better, safer and long term learning environments for the students.
Assessment of Current School Condition
The hard work of Bending the Poles
Ruined Desks will need replacing
The area is stunning – Schools with a view
The Shelters to be Used as Classrooms