Wood gathered at the school
The school is a vital piece of the puzzle for keeping the rich cultural heritage of the area alive whilst providing children from all the district with an education which will set them up for life. Without it they would likely receive a substandard education following a curriculum unapporved by the government which would be of little use to them in life.
Quality education is what breaks the cycle of poverty. More rooms with mean girls can attend the school contributing further to the empowerment of the younger generation, equipping them with the tools to choose their own direction in life, potentially helping lift their communities out of poverty.
Progress as of May 2016: Repaired school building (bottom of picture); 3 hostel houses (directly above school); kitchen/dining hall (top left); toilet block (far left).
Damage incurred during the 2015 earthquakes sadly forced the school to relocate lessons to temporary structures in a village near Charikot, another area of Dolakha district. Thanks to the kindness of our supporters, Himalayan Peoples Project - Nepal were able to help rebuild the original school building which is now complete!
Not only that, the structures for the new school hostel complex, including three houses, a separate kitchen/dining hall and toilet block are now up and ready to be furnished. It is hoped the students can move back to their school within a month.
We cannot congratulate the team of local Nepalese people enough on this huge achievement. The last year has thrown so many obstacles their way, including the massive earthquakes and unofficial blockade on the India/Nepal border, but they battled through it all with incredible determination to continue to provide an education to children who would otherwise have to help their families by working in the fields.
Why is this so important?
Building the foundations for the hostel
Rolwaling Sangag Choling Monastery School
In rural mountainous areas of Nepal such as Rolwaling many children are sadly deprived of a crucial and empowering education. Ngawang Lapsam Rinpoche was inspired to address this problem, establishing a free school with a special philosophy for children in the Dolakha district. The school aims to provide a quality education covering general academia and life skills via a regular and traditional buddhist education.
Starting with six children and one teacher in 2010, the school now successfully educates 14 children from poor families across the Dolakha district of Nepal at primary school level, as well as providing free boarding, medical, clothing and other needs to its students.
Children living as far away as Kathmandu (3 days walk & 10 hour bus journey) where schools are numerous have chosen to live away from home to receive this special blend of education following a curriculum approved by the government enabling them to pursue further studies if they wish.
The school is currently managing its costs using Nepalese Government support, donations from the villagers and some other sponsors. However, these funds only just cover food supply and clothing for the Students and school staff leaving the school and its community with issues making daily life a big challenge as they try and receive the education which they hope will break them free from poverty.
With funding supplied by the government and villagers only just covering the cost of food and clothes for the students, Himalayan Peoples - Nepal helped secure a grant to build a hostel for students to prevent them having to sleep on classroom floors any longer.
However, the school sustained some damage in the earthquake forcing them to establish a temporary school elsewhere in the district while the existing building is repaired.
Himalayan Peoples Project - Nepal are also working with the dedicated school committee to help establish sustainable income streams to help the school become self-sufficient in the future.
Marking out the foundations for the hostel
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