Sikhar Besi is a Village Development Committee (VDC) that is situated approximately 100km north of the Kathmandu Valley in the Nuwakot District. Despite the proximity to Kathmandu, the hill and valley system of the Himalayan Foothills make this region very remote. There is a rugged road leading to the bottom of the village system, but beyond there all access is by foot.
This VDC since the earthquake have struggled with many humanitarian issues including;
- 95% of houses and farming structures totally destroyed
- poor health and hygiene due to lack of education and resources
- food shortages due to farming structures destroyed and a wipe out of crops
- targeted child trafficking
- limited health care as the closest hospital is 40km away
- disease and disorder resulting from malnutrition, poor hygiene and lack of access to health care
- limited electricity supplies due to remote area
- seasonal water supplies due to remote area
90% of this population are farmers, a lot of the middle generation males have left to find work in Kathmandu or abroad. The majority of the remaining population are made up of females, elderly and children.
After providing short-term aid to the Sikhar Besi communities following the earthquakes in 2015; NCRR concluded a sustainable and stable development was needed. A development that would provide jobs, opportunities, safe houses, community centres and learning environments.
NCRR worked with the local villages to create a plan which led into the 7 schools project. NCRR made a pledge to fundraise, plan and orchestrate the rebuild of 6 primary schools and 1 secondary school within the Sikhar Besi region.
These schools can provide education, serve as community centres when they aren’t operating as learning environments and as safe houses at times of severe crisis and/or natural disaster.
This project started from the 18th December 2015.
Schools are an important part of advancing any developing nation. They provide children with a safe place to pursue their education which gives them better prospects in life. Children play a huge role in the development of Nepal. As times progress, it is the children that become adults and lead the country forward. By providing appropriate education from an early age it will hopefully be the tipping point to major changes at a grass route level in Nepals future.
Education in the best way for individuals, communities and countries to develop. Some of the benefits of education are:
- a reduction in poverty
- an increase of income
- the encouragement of a healthier lifestyle
- a reduction in the risk of disease, disorders and deaths.
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Prior to the building work commencing, the communities of Sikhar Besi were consulted to ascertain the exact needs of the villages and what NCRR could provide. This was crucial in securing complete support from both parties.
10% of the total costs of the 7 schools project were provided by the Sikhar Besi communities. This empowered the communities to take responsibility of the schools and thus encouraging the sustainability of them.
NCRR provided hands on training to the local communities on how to build safe and affordable structures. Any equipment that was purchased for the 7 schools project was passed onto the local community. The communities could then use these skills, tools and local materials to help rebuild their own homes and other infrastructure.
NCRR relied on 90% of monetary donations through fundraising and 10% from the local Sikhar Besi communities. The 10% came in the form of labour, materials etc.
Most materials were Nepali made, ensuring that the funds stayed in Nepal and helped to support the local economy.