In the devastated area of the 2015 earthquake, many students still learn in “Temporary Learning Centres” (TLCs) which lie immediately outside the walls of the government-condemned schools. These open air classrooms are underneath the extended metal roofs of the condemned schools with the extended roof and a condemned school wall forming a partial protection from the monsoon rains and winter frosts. This solution is nearly as dangerous as being within the school walls. With each passing year, the “temporary” nature of these classrooms fades.
The major cost is two sets of dental equipment, which a few years ago cost US$56,500 and now may cost about US$60,000. This equipment is housed in two rural hospitals where it is used by both Nepalese and overseas dentists and doctors at a five-year cost of US$25,000. This equipment, the visiting professionals and health education are the critical elements in a villager’s health care for whom a trip to a city and a stay are too costly.
The 2015 earthquake damaged both village and school water supplies endangering the health of villagers and school children. In the villages or schools, where the twist of a tap handle to bring clean water inside a home or school is unknown, a clean central water supply is essential. The simultaneous construction of school latrines and water tanks ensures the safety of the schools’ water supply.
Since 2017, 360 rural children are now suitably dressed and equipped with school supplies so that they can attend school at a cost of US$28/pupil. Although the cost per pupil is low, it represents nearly 4% of the average annual income of a rural farming family and with more than one child the cost is a significant economic hurdle to the education of their children particularly the girls.
Because the annual cost of college or university education of rural students represents 3 to 7 times the average annual salary of a rural farmer or labourer, very intelligent village children, especially girls, never have the chance for a professional life and contributing to the development of Nepal. With 81% of the population of Nepal classified as rural (World Bank, 2016), it means that 81% of the population has almost no chance for higher education. These funds represent the initial, very small step in addressing this problem in Nepal.
At present, classes of 80 or more students are housed in two- or three- storied buildings with leaky classrooms which have been earthquake damaged and government condemned. Not only is the teaching environment rendered impossible but the lives of the pupils are seriously endangered. To avert a calamity, DONATIONS ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED and we hope that you can respond.
This program involves teaching English, computer literacy and other subjects in rural schools and, where possible, school, library, latrine and water tank construction. Please go to “Contact Us” to enrol and discover the presently available possibilities.