Despite the heavy rains last month that complicated the work, we are finally completing the construction of 2 schools that were demolished by the earthquake in 2015. The new anti-seismic buildings will accommodate 460 primary school students starting May 2019.
Next Step: the vegetable gardens, for educational purposes and… nutrition!
In 2015, Nepal was affected by a terrible tragedy: an earthquake with a 7.8 magnitude affecting 8 million people and leading to about 9000 victims in the valley of Katmandou and neighboring districts.
In the Nuwakot district, where we immediately mobilized, the earthquakes between April 25th and May 12th, 2015 affected more than half of the population and partially or completely destroyed 51 schools. With help from our local partners and thanks to numerous donations, our priority was to guarantee security for children by creating temporary educational spaces reinforcing teaching and identifying victims of violence and exploitation.
The process of reconstruction may seem slow, but it must be put into perspective with the reality on the ground. The large need for materials and manpower, the difficulty accessing construction sites, as well as floods, have enormously slowed down the work of the associations.
In addition, the country adopted a new constitution in 2015, making Nepal a federal state, which delayed the process of issuing construction permits. Other actors that invested in the reconstruction of Nepal chose to override the authorizations, but we are keen to follow the guidelines put in place by the authorities. Our collaboration with local political authorities is, consequently, a determining factor for the sustainability of our actions.
Since the latest elections in 2017, the return of political stability has allowed a relaunch in the administrative machine leading to the opening of construction sites.
Finally, in order to reduce the vulnerability of families facing violence and natural disasters, awareness sessions on environmental risks and the exploitation of children continue to be conducted.
Gradually, the people of Nepal continue to relieve themselves from this tragedy. Thanks to our actions and your donations, we are able to continue developing the country.
Thank you for supporting them!
April 18, 2019