In spring we supported the financing of the retaining wall for the new construction of the HORAC children's home ... and in autumn we had to realize that the wall was still not built because of the missing access road (promised by the government). We have therefore suspended HORAC's support for the time being.
Giri Lamichhane, the headmaster of Prabhat English Secondary School in Dhawa, picks up the promised camera at Tibet Guest House. He also receives some start-up capital to purchase the necessary machinery and equipment for the recently launched Bachelor's course in Agricultural Sciences.
By visiting the HORAC orphanage, we are convinced that the project of Tej Bikram Shahi to build a bigger home and take in more orphans more than deserves our support. An in-depth discussion with Tej and the promise of our friend Rabin Dahal to help with the work give us additional security to do something meaningful here.
The damage to the interior of the hostel at Uttargaya Public English Secondary School was repaired thanks to the support of Deborah and Carina: The children sleep in clean beds and warm blankets again!
When we visit the Sunrise English Boarding School of Surendra Maharjan, we are amazed at what a committed headmaster can achieve in a short time: Everything looks clean, the books in the library are neat and tidy, the chemistry laboratory looks tidy, the video room is invitingly furnished and the water treatment system guarantees hygienically clean water for everyone! Surendra has every reason to be proud of its achievements.
From Dhangadhi we visit the Kalika Basic School in the flooded area in the south of the province. Although the fields are now dry, the damage to the poor school buildings is still clearly visible. The school authorities are therefore grateful for our financial contribution to the restoration of the interior, and the children present are happy about the T-shirts they brought with them.
DHL transported again for free 360 kg of material to Kathmandu: Toys, children's books, children's clothes, etc. from the big collection activity in Halten by the bakers family Staudenmann, together with ten microscopes we had got very cheap from the University of Zurich. DHL was even more generous when it came to getting the material out of the customs because the Nepali government had changed their conditions about incoming material.
A considerable sum was invested in the reconstruction of the hostel in Uttargaya, but the concrete roof is still missing. We hope now that it will be finished in the early days of 2017. The boys and girls are eagerly waiting for a warm and waterproof shelter.
Thanks to a generous gesture of DHL, we could fly approximately 450 kg of material to Kathmandu and transport it to Chapali for free: 5 microscopes from Olympus, Volketswil, an "Octopus" microscope (Gift of my former Biology teacher colleagues at Kantonsschule Luzern) , physics material from the Kantonsschule Willisau, plush toys received from our "little friends" from Halten near Kriegstetten, English teaching material from Stäheli publishing in Ziegelbrücke, a projector, Trisa toothbrushes, candles, Sigg water bottles, pens, colored pencils, and more. In a very short time we could unpack the material in Chapali and distribute it to "our" schools.
In Dhawa we supported the reconstruction of the two collapsed school buildings with a considerable amount of money. The children now must no longer attend classes in tents.
During our visit in Trisuli we noticed that, thanks to money provided by Learn to Learn, the Chetana Kindergarten has already been rebuilt. With our new donations two new classrooms and a small office are being built. Almost 90% of the houses in the village, however, have collapsed during the earthquake and are not being rebuilt. The people are freezing all day in their makeshift tin shacks. Nothing from the money of the big foreign NGOs or from the government trickled down to the victims of the earthquake in rural areas.
Even the boarding school in Uttargaya has collapsed during the earthquake. Learn to Learn is now financing the reconstruction - this time, however, the buildings should be built earthquake-proof! The school community has to contribute to the costs.
For the school in Thame in the Himalayan region, we have bought a large quantity of school supplies in Kathmandu which was then transported by plane (to Lukla) and then up to the village at 3800 meters above sea level. The collapsed school building has been rebuilt by the villagers on their own.
For our assignment with the Victor Hugo School in Chapali we brought many toys for the Kindergarten, school exercise books for primary school students and many colored pencils for a postcard project.
To mitigate the wind in the classrooms and to reduce the noise level throughout the school building, we offered the school management of Stepping Stone English School in Dhangadhi, to install windows on the top floor of the large school building, if the school association would provide windows on the four remaining floors. Already three days after the signing of a contract, the first windows were installed. The 1600 students are grateful that they now no longer need to write with cold fingers.
The playground equipment of the two Kindergarten in Chetana and Uttargaya are assembled and mounted, and painted lovely; the kids enjoy them very much.
Also the many new toys and the two CD-players (including batteries and fairy tales CDs) are very much appreciated by the kids and the teachers.
To our surprise, the community has not only flattened the playgrounds, but they also built a new toilet. The four meter deep sewage pit was even dug by hand.
We again delivered teaching material and stationery to the Shree Samitar Primary School in Gajuri, and we once more paid the examination fees for all the students.
For the Shree Prabhat School in Dhawa we bought two boxes full of toys for the Kindergarten; a friend of ours transported them to Dhawa.
Four binocular microscopes from my previous biology colleagues at the Kantonsschule Lucerne found their way to the Uttargay Public English Secondary School in Trisuli, the Shree Prabhat School in Dhawa, the New Summit School in Kathmandu and to the Victor Hugo Manshushree Vidyapith in Chapali. The teachers enjoy the new possibilities in Biology teaching.
For the Victor Hugo School we bought urgently needed teaching material (posters, a globe, children books, puzzles, etc.)
Furthermore we agreed to finance the new solar power system for the computer lab, and we made an advance payment for this agreement.
By the end of the year the solar power plant on the roof of the hostel of the Victor Hugo Manjushree Vidyapith in Chapali could start operating. The power plant now enables not only the interruption-free usage of the computers but also enlightens the school rooms and lets the students of the hostel do their homework with light. The money has been transferred.
Thanks to the generous donation by "Kriens hilft Menschen in Not" (Kriens helps people in need) we were able to support the "Science Lab" of Uttargaya Public English Secondary School in Trisuli with lots of useful teaching material [report].
The younger kids in both village kindergartens have finally received a few toys.
Further bigger toys will be added in Spring 2013.
The broken windows at the hostel (boarding school) were fixed, so that the wind-flow could be stopped in the cold rooms.
Furthermore, we have fixed some broken beds and constructed a few new ones. Now the three-year to sixteen year old children do not have to share a bed with two other kids.
The 45 additional woolen blankets leads hopefully to additional sleeping comfort.
For the Shree Samitar Primary School in Gajuri we have - same as last year - paid all exam tuitions and donated warm winter sweaters to the children.
We supported the Uttargaya Public English Secondary School in Trisuli Bazar with about CHF 1'000. During the workshops taught for Learn to Learn Nepal we realized that the school rooms were too dark to allow meaningful classes. The illumination is missing and the pane-less windows are much too small. Therefore, electrical wires were layed and in every room electrical sockets and two energy-saving lights were installed. [report]
Furthermore, we bought school materials in Kathmandu for all school-levels, in order to enable a more meaningful and ostensive education.
All 45 pupils (boys and girls) of the Shree Samitar Primary School in Gajuri have received a school-sweater for winter, and the examination fee for the whole school year was paid by us.
In addition, we have donated exercise books and boxes of colored crayons and pencils.
As many participants' english level at the workshop in Dhawa was too low, we required a translator. The loss of salary of the translator for the 10 days was compensated for by us.
In order to make the administrative work of our partner organisation in Nepal more efficient, and for us to be able to print the documents for our workshops cheaply, we bought a 3-in-1 "printer/copy-machine/scanner" device. Kinder Care Pre-School will also be able to print cheaper work-sheets in the future for its classes.