School Grand Opening

Posted in Charitable Trust on Sunday, May 21st, 2017

After the devastating earthquake in April 2015, Village Ways set up an appeal for funds to support the communities in the Sailung region of Nepal. The immediate need was emergency shelter, and tarpaulins were provided to villagers to create temporary accommodation. With the generous support of many past guests, travel associates, staff and friends of Village Ways, further funds were then raised for the reconstruction of a classroom block in a secondary school in the village of Kharpani in the Ramnechap district.

Kharpani Secondary School serves the villages of Pasiban, Kharpani, Kharsubathan, Tsharpa and Salme, with 250 students and 10 members of staff. The new school rooms were completed on schedule at the end of January 2017, and have been used since February.

 school in Nepal

 

Mrs Sukriti Bhatta, originally from Nepal and now based in Sydney, Australia, raised funds through Croydon Park Public School and community engagement initiatives to purchase school materials, including computers. These have been delivered and are in use in the school. Mrs Bhatta is hoping to create a partnership link between the two schools in the future.

  

On 2nd April 2017, the school hosted an opening ceremony to celebrate the new building. Sunil Daley, who has been instrumental in coordinating and helping to ensure that the building work was completed, and Alexandra Hearn from the UK represented Village Ways and were greeted by the headmaster, teachers and students. Despite it being in the school holidays, children from every class turned up with garlands they had made, to watch the lighting of the ceremonial oil and the ribbon being cut. After the unveiling of the plaque, Sagun was given; a Nepalese ceremony in which flowers and auspicious foods are presented, to signify the start of work and to bring good luck.

   

The headmaster, Mr Udhab, said that the staff and students are very happy, explaining, “we feel more secure in this building since the earthquake. The structure is safe. It is comfortable and warm even in bad weather; it is a nice working environment. The children now have the chance to learn basic computer skills. Since the building was completed, the government has been encouraged to spend some money towards repairs for the other classrooms, so we are very grateful.”

 On behalf of the Kharpani school and Village Ways, we would like to offer, once again, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who kindly donating towards this project.