“School up – far west”: Another ceiling concreted

Concreting of the second floor slab
Concreting of the second floor slab

The construction of the school in the small mountain village of Rama in the far west of Nepal is progressing. According to Shyam Pandit, the program coordinator of the German aid organization Nepalhilfe Beilngries in the Himalayan state, the second floor slab of the second school building has now been concreted. You made it possible – through your donation for “School up – far west”. I had started the project in summer 2022. It is also supported by the Austrian top mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner.

At the moment, there is relatively stable and largely dry fall weather in Humla District, where the village of Rama is located. A good time to build. In winter, if at all, only interior work will probably be possible. On the one hand, because of the precipitation and the sometimes bitter cold – for example, in winter 2021/2022, the schools were closed for two months because of the extremely low temperatures. On the other hand, because it will be no longer possible to transport materials over the makeshift pistes in snow and ice.

Every third person in Humla is illiterate

Everyday life in Rama
Everyday life in Rama

The district of Humla is considered one of the least developed regions in Nepal. Hardly any infrastructure, little education. This was also shown by the 2021 census, the last data collection by the government of Nepal. According to this, 99 percent of the approximately 11,000 houses in Humla were built of mud bricks. Almost without exception, they were heated with firewood. Only one in five households had a water supply in the building, and 80 percent had pit toilets.

Of Humla’s approximately 49,000 inhabitants older than five years at the time of the survey, 35 percent could neither read nor write. Of the more than 20,000 people between the ages of five and 25, one in ten had never attended school, and only one in five had progressed beyond preschool and primary school.

Construction site of the new school in Rama
The school for more than 350 children is being built here

So you can see how necessary projects like “School up – far west” are in this region. In order for the school construction in Rama to be completed successfully, we continue to rely on your donations. Here is the bank account once again:

Recipient: Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V..
Bank: Volksbank Bayern Mitte eG/Germany
IBAN: DE05 7216 0818 0004 6227 07
BIC/SWIFT-Code: GENODEF1INP
Intended purpose: School up – far west

I will continue to inform you in my blog about the progress of the construction work in the far west of Nepal. Thank you very much for your support. You are great!

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