“Our village children attend a school with inadequate facilities. The roof leaks, the classrooms are too small. There is a lack of school furniture, of toilets and much more,” says Him Bahadur Shahi from the small mountain village of Rama. “We have a high proportion of school dropouts due to a variety of social factors, including a lack of adequate educational facilities. Having a full-service school would benefit our community and encourage students to finish their school studies.“
Over the next two years, the German aid organization “Nepalhilfe Beilngries” plans to build two more building wings around the existing school building – with toilets and water supply. With my new “School up” project I would like to support this school construction.
Hardly any infrastructure
The village of Rama, which belongs to the municipality of Tanjakot, is located at an altitude of about 2,000 meters in Humla District in the far northwest of Nepal. The border with Tibet in the north is about 80 kilometers away as the crow flies. A good 30 kilometers to the northwest rises the 7,031-meter-high mountain Saipal.
The remote region is one of the least developed areas of Nepal. Hardly any infrastructure, little education. Until a year ago, the nearest larger village, Simikot, which has a small airfield, could only be reached on foot, in four days. Now, at least, there is a gravel road to get there.
Teaching in the open air
Currently, 13 teachers educate 362 children at the Ramdev Basic School in Rama. Last year, heavy rains triggered landslides in Tanjakot. As a result, the old school had to be moved to a new location. The new ground-level building with six rooms was hastily erected by hand, the walls plastered with clay. This building also needs to be made durable and safe. Whenever the weather permits, the children are currently taught outdoors.
Donations flow specifically into the project
The villagers have already begun preliminary work on the new school after the government of Nepal allocated money for it. However, the financial support from Kathmandu is not enough for much more. So that the new school of Tanjakot can really be completed, I hereby start „School up – far west“.
The principle is the same as for the first „School up“ project in the mountain village of Thulosirubari in Sindhupalchowk District, which was successfully completed. Every donation for „School up – far west“ will be used specifically for the construction of the school in Rama. And so that you also see and read that your money does not seep into dark channels, but really works, I will keep you up to date in irregular intervals in my blog about the progress of the construction project in the far west of Nepal.
„I heard the news about the new school project, I am very excited to learn about it,” says Him Bahadur Shahi. „I have a huge sigh of relief that my own kids will be able to continue their school education locally. I did not go to school for education, because there were no schools available at my time. In fact, this is the very first time that I know anyone came with such a school project. I want to thank god, thank the donors and all who are involved in this mission, now my kids don’t have to study outdoors due to the lack of enough classroom space.“
So, let’s go! Let’s build another school! Every euro helps. This is the bank account number:
Recipient: Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V..
Bank: Volksbank Bayern Mitte eG/Germany
IBAN: DE05 7216 0818 0004 6227 07
Intended purpose: School up – far west