Why this project needed our help
A 7.8 magnitude tremor on 25 April 2015, followed by a 7.3 aftershock two weeks later, killed almost 9,000 people. More than 740,000 homes and 32,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed throughout Nepal but nowhere was worse hit than the steep, crowded and poor mountainside dwellings close to the epicentre in the Sindhupalchok District and the villages between Jiri and Lukla.
How Juniper Trust helped
Following the completion of JT’s ambitious project to rebuild 10 schools in Nepal, JT were approached by many villages that are still without a school, almost two years after the earthquake. Garjyang Village was chosen from the several requests for help and is situated a short drive from Jiri in a remote valley that seldom sees visitors. They requested help to rebuild a 6-classroom school for their 200+ children at a cost of £20,000. Using the JT building contractor for supervision and using local labour to provide income to the village, work commenced in April 2017 and the foundations were in place by early July.
Great progress was made during the summer months and in November 2017, a team of young volunteers from Keswick in England made a trip to Nepal to help out with the finishing touches at to the school. They delivered uniforms, bags, shoes and schools equipment for the 200 children, paid for by part of their £10,000 fundraising target.
JT would like to offer a special thank you for a generous donation from Oliver Knowles, Alan Oatway and Mike Ritson, who were in Nepal when the earthquake struck.
A promised delivered but continues
Almost 3 years after the earthquake, daily life is returning to normal. A joint fundraising by the Juniper Trust and its partners has so far raised over $250,000 to help rebuild 14 schools in the most affected areas which were unlikely to receive any other help. The fundraising also provided for the delivery of new uniforms, winter coats, shoes, bags, books and pencils to almost 3,000 children. The difficulty of sourcing and delivering materials into a remote region, the complexity of permission, new earthquake regulations and the vagaries of the weather, was occasionally daunting but with the invaluable help of our local teams, the Juniper Trust was able to deliver quickly.
The reputation of Juniper Trust has spread to other villages and we already have several requests of help from other schools. Our latest three schools will be completed by November 2018 (see 2018 Siruwa, Saraswati & Namuna School Project) and our search continues for more schools that need our help.