Shree Himalaya, Mauja, Kaski
Pahar Trust was approached by the community of Mauja, Kaski for support to replace their existing school buildings for 150 students which were nearly 50 years old. Although they had been well maintained they were not safe and suitable for continued use as they were built before the current earthquake resilience recommendations. The school hope that the improved facilities will enable them increase their pupil role in the future. The school will serve the local population of c2300 individuals. Of these, 701 are estimated to be under 16 which provides significant for the school to increase its student numbers. Secondary beneficiaries will be the community who will be able to use the school building outside of teaching hours and during holiday periods for community activities. The School Management Committee are committed to developing opportunities for their students and we will work with them to identify a possible friendship school in the UK to expand the experiences of the students by sharing their culture with young people in another country.
This is a six-room, two-storey building project commenced in June2017 and the community of Mauja were very supportive during the construction providing both skilled and unskilled labour to deliver the project including painting. The project was not without significant challenges which included the main access road being washed away during the heavy monsoon rains which required the PTN team to carry out road repair to enable materials to be transported close to the construction site.
In October2017, a team of 44 volunteers from Santander, supported by Charity Challenge visited the school and provided valuable help to the project. The volunteers transported stone, sand, brick and aggregate to the site from the road head; constructed new concrete steps and helped build the curtain walls of the classrooms.
The School Management Committee said "We villagers have been encouraged by the work of the volunteers. It has changed the thinking and attitude of the community and also skills have been transferred between the UK and Nepal. The new school building helps in the quality of education and there are currently 150students studying at school.”
Since visiting the school one of the Santander team has raised nearly £4,000 to provide new uniforms and resources to the school. Charity Challenge have also provided £1,000 of additional funding for science education resources.