2016 has finally arrived! Despite crossing many deadlines and facing lots of hurdles the seven schools in seven weeks is now under way.
There has been a boarder blockade with India, which has stranded prefab and roofing supplies and made it difficult to refuel transport trucks for building materials. That coupled with a government that seem to be unwilling to act, and still no solid education incentives have really slowed things down.
An unprecedented cold winter has also struck the region and while the local people are struggling to keep warm and reconstruct their own homes; they have still come forward with a workforce and support for our seven schools in seven weeks project.
Nayodhanda Primary school now has a concrete slab ground, 5 other schools have foundations and the slab pour will go on this week. While the prefab walling is still being held hostage at the Indian border, the roofing trusses are on route to the village as we speak and the workforce to erect them should be in the village by the end of the week.
We have to thank all our supports and donors who have made this possible, while we have still not met our budget and still need to raise a further $30,000 USD to complete the project, things are moving and at-least. Three of the schools will be completed within four weeks and the other four very soon after that.
Special thanks needs to go out to Sarah Allard and Richard Goodey who have sponsored Shree Krishna Primary school to its completion through their Share the Load Foundation which is run on profits from their Adventure travel company Lost Earth Adventures.
Another one of our big supports is Richard who through Black Bird Cafe has made a huge contribution to the initial aid efforts and is also fully sponsoring Nayadhada Primary schools to its completion and with a yearly support grant.
Also Karma Foundation, Raj and Birget have also been valuable contributors to our project.
These are just a few of the amazing people who have helped us get Seven Schools in Seven Weeks up and Running, another we are not on time, we are moving and anyone who has spent any time in Nepal will appreciate the sheer effort, support and team work it has taken to get the wheels rolling.
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