“School up – far west”: School ceremoniously handed over

Dancing children at the handover of the school in Rama in the Humla district
Ceremonial handover of the new school

A public holiday in the mountain village of Rama in the far west of Nepal. On Monday last week, the new school, the construction of which was made possible by your donations to “School up – far west”, was officially handed over to the villagers. More than 1,000 people celebrated exuberantly.

They came not only from Rama, but also from other villages in the municipality of Tanjakot in the Humla District. Numerous dignitaries were also present, including three mayors from Humla and seven principals from the region. Dances were performed – and speeches were given. The gratitude towards Nepalhilfe Beilngries, which had organized and implemented the school construction, and towards the “School up – far west” project was “heart-warming”, writes Shyam Pandit, the program coordinator of the German aid organization in Nepal.

Logistical masterpiece

In less than two years, two school buildings, each with two floors, two toilet blocks and a kitchen block were completed. In a region that is one of the least developed in Nepal with little infrastructure, this was a logistical masterpiece by Nepalhilfe Beilngries. The old school in Rama had had to be abandoned after a landslide.

Now around 350 boys and girls from Rama and the surrounding hamlets not only have a safe roof over their heads when they are being taught. They also attend an educational facility that sets a new standard in the region. “We hope that the new school will serve as a model,” had Dhurba Shahi, a teacher in Rama, said already a year and a half ago.

Please continue to donate!

In June 2022, I started my “School up – far west” project to collect donations for the construction of the school in the far west of Nepal. The Austrian top mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner supported me by also asking for donations for the project during her talks.

The built school in Rama
The built school in Rama

We are not quite there yet with the handover of the school. The outdoor facilities such as the schoolyard still need to be laid out and the interior furnishings are not yet complete. So we are still collecting a little more. Every euro helps. Here are the account details again:

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

Once again, I would like to thank you for your generosity – also on behalf of the people in Rama. You are great! ❤️🙏

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