Rebuilding of Schools and Construction of School Libraries
Stichting 112Nepal from the Netherlands supports several rebuilding projects in Nepal. All our projects are focussed on the adults of the future: the children of Nepal. Together with ColdFeet Foundation Nepal we are able to do these projects with a reliable partner.
One of our projects was the repair / renovation of a water well damaged by the 2015 earthquake from which 300 households have to get their water. The capacity was reduced to 15% due to the damage. But we were able to put this reservoir back into its full 100% capacity and make it available again for clean drinking water in the countryside.
Another project is Dandagaun Village School. In this village the school was completely destroyed by the 2015 earthquake . Through our efforts, a new
fully operational school has been built. This school has a regional function and is therefore extremely important for the development of the children. No education means hardly any chance of a future. And the adults of the future deserve a chance. Together with ColdFeet Foundation, we support the
rebuilding of schools as well supplying existing schools with books, sports equipment, and all sorts of
Back Pack Project
After an introduction from a mutual friend brought the Adhikaris and myself together in November of 2015, my life changed. I had been looking for a volunteer opportunity after Nepal’s devastating April 2015 earthquake and I found the perfect fit! From that first meeting, I felt that I’d found my Nepalese family and have been building on that foundation since then. Through developing a volunteer/tourism project, we have been able to work in partnership with ColdFeet Foundation helping with various school oriented projects in the Dandagaun area while introducing participants to the wonders and people of Nepal. I am looking forward to an ongoing partnership for years to come!
College and University Education
In rural Nepal, girls are usually educated to Grade 10 and most leave school to enter marriage and live in their husband’s household. As a result, many parents do not see the point of further education for their daughters. Having worked in northern India and trekked in Nepal over the last 20 years, it deeply disturbs me to see so many girls destined for what could be called “domestic slavery”. The event that sealed it for us was, in northern India, the fall of a woman collecting hay on a slope so steep that carrying a load of hay and shod only in flip-flops she fell to her death. At that moment, we resolved to fund the education of rural young ladies. For a number of years we looked for a way of doing this which avoided the government whereby little if any of the funding would reach the student and typical NGO’s which might provide 75% of the funding to the student. Finally, we found Coldfeet Adventure Foundation Nepal. In working with the Foundation, I want to stress two important points.
• In Uttam and Ranju Adhikari I found two people who, at no cost, search for parents that want their intelligent daughters to pursue a professional career through a college or university education. The searching is something that we cannot do.
• The Foundation passes 100% of the donated funds to the student. This is of utmost importance for the student. A parent who is a rural farmer or labourer might earn US$1000-1500/year whereas tuition may range from US$2000-5500/year. The cost of a required laptop and monthly food and lodging may be US$500 and US$100/month respectively. These costs are impossible to contemplate for a typical rural family, so that almost complete support of the student is necessary.
The “ripple effect” of funding the professional status of a single member of a rural family not only affects the lives of her parents and grandparents, but also all future generations of the family. Because of the Foundation, the payoff to the student, her family and the donor is immense!