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Chilaune School Building Handed Over

Following the April 25, 2015 earthquake, COMMITTED, in addition to providing relief and emergency assistance to the affected in Thanapglkot, supported Chilaune School with a couple of work.

One was the reconstruction of two classroom blocks, which was handed over to the community last February. CMMITTED was represented by the Executive Director Jayjeev Hada, Senior Program Coordinator Kecher Acharya and Program Coordinator Gautam Lamichhane Magar at the function.

Chilaune School children preparing the block for the function.

COMMITTED Team Members with other officials after the inauguration.

The other was funding the construction of a fence around what was originally conceived as the multi-purpose court. Construction of the court had begun just before the earthquake. Unfortunately, the quake damaged the court and it had to be fixed. Both the fence and renovation of the court were carried out with left-over funds from the original multi-purpose court. The funding for the court came from Nemira, a business our friends in Switzerland run.

The fence around the multi-purpose court. (This photo was taken from a post on Chilaune School Facebook page abut the project. Click here to see the post.)

The newly renovated multi-purpose court. (This photo was taken from a post on Chilaune School Facebook page abut the project. Click here to see the post.)

Here’s a video of the progress of the construction and the condition of the multi-purpose court in May 2016.

For more on the above follow the links below:

  • Click here to go a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on March 11, 2016, showing the progress of the reconstruction.
  • Click here to go a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on March 16, 2016, showing the progress of the reconstruction.
  • Click here to go to a Facebook Post on COMMITTED’s page, posted on Feb. 21, 2017, about the handover.
  • Click here to go to a Facebook Post on Chilaune School’s page also about the handover.
  • Click here for a blog post, published on June 21, 2016, containing financial details of the project as reported to the District Education Office the preceding week.
  • Click here for the April 28, 2016 Facebook post about the progress of the project.
  • Click here for the March 12, 2015 Facebook post about our friends Michael and Elias’ visit to Thangpalkot when they committed to fund the construction of a multi-purpose court at Chilaune school.
  • Click here for the March 14, 2015 Nemira Facebook post about Michael and Elias’ visit.

 

Taltuleshwori School Handed Over To Community

Last February, a little over a year since commencing the reconstruction of Taltuleshwori School in Thangpalkot, Sindhupalchok, we were finally able to hand it over to the community in a small ceremony conducted at the school.

In addition to COMMITTED Team Members, including Executive Director Jayjeev Hada, Program Coordinator Gautam Lamichhane Magar and Senior Program Coordinator Khechar Acharya, members of the School Management Committee, school staff and local community members were present at the formal ceremony.

A glimpse of the ceremony.

Executive Director inaugurates the new school buildings.

Executive Director Jayjeev, other COMMITTED members and school officials after the inauguration.

Executive Director Jayjeev speaks at the ceremony.

The school with the students on the grounds.

As an organization, COMMITTED frowns upon such ceremonies and have been doing what it can to eliminate all or parts of such formal functions. More than anything, such functions in Nepal serve as platforms for people who have a knack for talking, among other things!

Here’s what the school looked like in early May 2016 when school had resumed following the completion of reconstruction of most of the academic blocks.

For more about the reconstruction of the school follow the links below.

  • Click here for a Facebook post about the handover ceremony.
  • Click here for the first (January 16, 2016) blog post about COMMITTED’s decision to rebuilt the school and the initial phase of the project.
  • Click here for a February 2, 2016 update on the progress of the project.
  • Click here for another blog post (published on Feburary 11, 2016) about the school and our efforts.
  • Click here for a February 18, 2016 update on the progress of the project.
  • Click here for a May 4, 2016, Facebook post about the completion of the first phase of the reconstruction project.
  • Click here for a May 6, 2016, Facebook post about the progress of the reconstruction.
  • Click here for a blog post published on June 21, 2016 containing financial details of the project as reported to the District Education Office the preceding week.

SIS Canada in South Korea Visits Thangpalkot

A group of students from SIS Canada in South Korea, accompanied by their Principal Marc Daneault visited Thangpalkot earlier this month. As part of their Spring trip to Nepal, the student raised funds to assist COMMITTED on our quest to build and refurnish the libraries destroyed by the April 25, 2015, earthquake.They were able to raise US$2000 towards it. With US$500 they bought books and library accessories from a publishing house based in Kathmandu for Kumveshwori Primary School in Gunsa. The group handed us the rest of the funds to help us continue our library-related work in the area.(Incidentally, this isn’t the first time they have contributed funds to COMMITTED.)The group went to Thangpalkot on April 8, accompanied by our Education Program Director, Dorje Gurung, and after spending a night in the village, they continued on with their trekking program.While in Thangpalkot, the group had an International Friendly Football Match with the local students the afternoon they arrived. The following morning, they handed over the books to Kumveshwori Primary School officials.

SIS Canada students and Principal ready to hit the road to Thangpalkot.

Football action late afternoon of April 8 on the newly renovated footfall field next to Saat Kanya Primary School. (SIS Canada students are in red.)

SIS Canada student formally hands over the books to a Kumveshwori School official in the library COMMITTED recently built.

The books (in boxes) and library accessory (book sleeves to hang and display books on a wall).

Group photos after the handover ceremony.

COMMITED is very grateful to SIS Canada students and Marc, their Principal, for all their efforts raising funds for our library projects and for visiting us. We hope that this is just the first of many more trips to come! We very much look forward to continued collaboration and support.

Be sure to return for updates on how the rest of the funds are being used.

Construction of Libraries in 4 VDCs in Ilaka 12, Sindhupalchok district commences

The construction of libraries in Gunsa, Baruwa, Bhotang and Bhotenamlang VDCs in Sindhupalchok district is currently underway. The libraries are being built through the Establishing Accountability and Transparency Mechanism in School Governance Project funded by Give-2-Asia. The libraries will be built in the following five schools in each VDC:

  1. Chandika Secondary School, Baruwa VDC
  2. Kumbeshwory Primary School, Gunsa VDC
  3. Bhotang Devi Secondary School, Bhotang VDC
  4. Kshetrapaleshwory Higher Secondary School, Bhotenamlang VDC
  5. Thangpaldhap Higher Secondary School, Thangpaldhap VDC

 

 

Construction of library in Kumbeshwory School, Gunsa.

Construction of library in Chandika School, Baruwa

All the above four schools suffered major destruction during the earthquake and require new libraries. In the future, the libraries will not only serve as a reading room for the children but the monthly Village Education Committee (VEC) meetings will also take place in them. The truss and civil work is currently going on in Kshetrapaleshwory School, Bhotenamlang and Bhotang Devi School, Bhotang.

Assessment for construction of library in Kshetrapaleshwory School, Bhotenamlang VDC

Civil work for construction of library in Bhotang Devi School, Bhotang VDC

Civil work underway for construction of library in Bhotang

On the other hand, in Chandika School, Baruwa and Kumbeshwory School, Gunsa the truss and civil work has already been completed. The iron frames for the structure and the tin roofs are now being set up in these two schools as can be seen from the images below. Construction is yet to begin for the library in Thangpaldhap Higher Secondary School in Thangpaldhap VDC. We have set a target to complete the construction of these 5 libraries by the end of July as long as the monsoon does not delay our process.

Iron frames being set up in Chandika School, Baruwa VDC

Tin roofs being added to the structure in Baruwa

Construction of library underway in Kumbeshwory School, Gunsa VDC

Post Earthquake: What We Have Done and Accomplished So Far

Last week, a team from COMMITTED attended the Education Cluster meeting the District Headquarter, Chautara. The meeting was held at the District Education Office. All NGO’s and INGO’s involved in post-earthquake reconstruction in the district of Sindhupalchok were represented.The purpose was to present — to the district officials — details of post-earthquake education-related work NGO’s and INGO’s were conducting in the district.
Reproduced below are some of the important details presented at the three-hour gathering. Click on any image for the original and a slide show.
(NPR and US$ exchange rate is approximately NPR 100.00 = US$1.00. So, just drop the last two digits and you’ll get an approximate value in US dollars.)

For a glimpse into a Temporary Learning Center (TLC), click here. The blog post contains an embedded video of Raithane School TLC.

For more on the Star Reader and Writer program, click here. For some photos of the winter jacket distribution, click here. For more on the work that was carried out on the fishery, click here.

(You can read up on the reconstruction of Taltuleshwori herehere, here and here. For a video of the almost complete school, click here; it’s embedded in the blog post. For some photos, click here.

For some photos of the reconstruction of Chilaune School click here and here. For a video, click here; it’s embedded in the blog post.)

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