In a town called Dhulikhel, twenty miles east of Kathmandu, the hostel for the blind attached to Sanjiwani School, home for up to 26 blind children who have to board far from their families, lost one of its two buildings. What remains is not safe and all of the children are squeezed into one building. These children cannot go home to see their families as this government school is the only one for several days’ travel that will educate them.
The KE Juniper trust trek has just returned from Nepal, they visited 9 of the 10 schools built since the earthquake in 2015. KE director Glenn Rowley accompanied the group who between them riased a further £5000 to help with uniforms ans supplies. JT continue to support all of the schools and have received several requests for futher help.
Satkanya has 90 students now and 6 teachers. The school has had its final final coat of paint and the children turn up for school! Can you remember how exiting that was?
For all of us who love the mountains and whose lives have been touched by the charming people who inhabit high places, we have some great news to report along with a huge thank you. €200,000 has been raised to complete 10 new schools in Nepal. 1,200 children are now embarking on a life of hope. Thak you to everyone who help to make this possible.
Juving is the largest of the 10 new schools with 230 students. JT have provided a new 4 classroom block at a cost around $34,000 and an addtional $8,200 to provide new shoes, uniform, school bag and equipment for all the children. The funding for Juving School was helped by a fund-raising group consisting of Oliver Knowles, Alan Oatway and Mike Ritson, who were in Nepal when the earthquake struck. The school was officially opened on September 6th 2016.
Seti Devi Secondary School is situated in the Sindhupalchok District where most of the buildings were either damaged or destroyed as it was very close to the epicenter. Seti Devi has 124 students and the Juniper Trust has built a new 3 classroom school block at a cost of $30,000, with a extra $2,000 provided for uniforms and equipment. The school is now fully operational following the official opening on August 31st 2016.
Shree Satkanya Primary School has 80 students and 6 teachers, all 7 classrooms were either damaged or destroyed. The position of the school was prone to landslides so it had to be relocated and the children were taught in temporary tents for over a year. We have a busy 2 weeks ahead of us as we deliver uniforms and attend the openings of the last 5 of 10 schools to be completed.
Seti Devi Secondary School has 124 students and 12 teachers and is situated in the Sindpalchowk area which was one of the most devastated regions in earthquake. The Juniper Trust is building a new 7 classroom school with a new toilet block at an estimated cost of $28,000 (£19,000). The foundations were laid in May 2016 and the concrete flat roof was been completed in July 2016. The school should be fully operational in the next two months and we are making plans to deliver all the uniforms and equipment for the official opening ceremony.
The Juving School Project is one of the larger ones and JT’s contribution is 4 new classrooms which will be part of a larger school with 230 Students. The classrooms will cost around $34,000 to build using local labour and locally sourced material. In February 2016 the land was cleared, the work was started on the structure in May and at the end of July the roof was in place and the doors and windows fitted. There is still work to do on he interior but we hope to have the project finished by the end of August 2016.
Despite the monsoon rains, the roof is finally on at Satkanya School thanks to help from all the villagers. The school opted for a flat concrete roof to allow for adding another floor at a later date, funds permitting. All that remains to be done is the fitting of doors and windows and then it will be ready for painting and furniture. JT is now co-ordinating the 80+ new uniforms and sets of equipment for delivery in time for the opening ceremony.