After the massive earthquake we were involved in relief work, relief work was for a month. In the mean time we had started to work on rehabilitation. Initially we had decided to build houses in effected area but we came across lot of complication. Selecting the people for whom we can build shelters or house, since we had limited fund we cannot build
house of whole village , this would create fight among the villagers. If we built houses it would have been standard but everyone had different
requirement and family size were different. After couple of meeting and discussion with Round table international President we finally decided to build schools we were planning to b to give continuation to our project Freedom through education.
The reason for building schools is
* its for community not for individuals.
* Schools can be used as shelters at night for those who are homeless.
* Kids who stop going to school now may never return to school.
* Kids have gone through major trauma, they have never seen their parents panicking, never seen so many family members and neighbours die.
* When kids go to school parents are fee and can involve in productive work.
Our aim is to build 100 classrooms and 50 TLC’s (temporary learning centres). We have chosen Nuwakot which is about 2 hours from Kathmandu,as its one of the most effected area not too close to Kathmandu but not too far as well. We have to build schools as per design approved from govt, also we need to build school after taking permission for DEO(district education office). Schools are scheduled to start from 31st ofMAY and we are already too late. We have started visiting schools and have had meeting with Director general of education , chief district officer Nuwakot , District Education officer Nuwakot. We have selected around 10 schools and plan to build 100 classrooms in these schools. Since schools need to rep one immediately we have to arrange 50 TLC’s as well.
There has been new building code made by Govt so that the classrooms are standard and safe. This took lot of time for design finalised on Friday 22nd May. After that we started visit of schools, as we visited some schools, we found new challenges. Some schools are difficult to reach Some schools do not have enough land to make tlc or class room, we have to remove rubble and damaged class rooms to build new class rooms.
Some schools built under JICA (Japanese aid) whose structure are intact but the walls were built by locals which have collapsed or damaged. We need to break the walls and TLC is ready. This is easiest one. There are some buildings damaged but truss and roofing sheet are ok. We need to give support to truss , break the walls , make foundation and erect poles and weld them with truss. Others are sheet on building in some cases sheets are ok, we can reuse them, some building are completely distorted with no material usable.
We are also not able to find people to make schools as the demand for construction is huge and many labours from south of Nepal and India have returned back.
THE SCHOOLS WE VISITED WERE:
AZINGARE HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL:
THE SCHOOL IS APPARENTLY THE ONLY HIGHER Secondary SCHOOL AMONGST THE NEARING VILLAGES IN KALYANPUR VDC AND HAD 22 CLASS ROOMS OUT WHICH NONE ARE SUITABLE FOR TEACHING PURPOSE. THE WALLS ARE SEVERELY DAMAGED AND HAVE TO BE COMPLETELY DEMOLISHED AND RE-BUILT AGAIN.
BAGESHWORI SECONDARY SCHOOL:
THE SCHOOL IS SITUATED ON A HILL-TOP AND IS AN HOUR’S DRIVE UP HILL A ROUGH TERRAIN AND TOUGH TO REACH EVEN BY A 4 WHEEL DRIVE. THE SCHOOL HAS 9 CLASS ROOMS AND IS AN OLD STRUCTURE WHICH WAS AGAIN MARKED “UNSAFE” BY ENGINEERS. WE DISTRIBUTED SOME BISCUITS TO THE CHILDREN AND THE VILLAGERS.
SRIJANSHEEL PRIMARY SCHOOL:
THIS SCHOOL AGAIN WAS ON ANOTHER HILL TOP WITH 6 CLASSROOMS, DAMAGED BY THE EARTHQUAKE AND THEN THE ROOF WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE STORM ON MAY 24, 2015. ALL THE CLASSROOMS WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED AND AGAIN UNSUITABLE FOR TEACHING.