A first for Tangting's pre-school children

Tangting is a tiny village with a population of around 400, perched on the side of a mountain overlooking Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, in the Lamjung District. Located about two hours drive up the Madi River valley to the northeast of Pokhara, it sits at an elevation of 1685 meters above sea level surrounded by dense subtropical jungle and rice paddies within the Annapurna conservation area.

The community’s partnership with Pahar Trust Nepal dates back to 2001 when a ten-room school building was constructed, thereby establishing secondary level education for the first time for children of Tangting. The trust went on to support the construction of a 4-room hostel in 2004 and a library room in 2016. Most recently, their Early Childhood Development (ECD) classroom has received a refurbishment, thanks to the 2021 year-long fundraising campaign, #30For30.

The campaign raised enough funds to refurbish 30 ECD classrooms, all of which support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to ensure all children have access to quality early childhood development so that they are ready for primary education. When children attend pre-primary education, they are more likely to stay in school and attain minimum reading and mathematics competencies. It also supports economic growth, as it enables mothers and other caregivers the opportunity to work and increase their earnings.

The left photo shows three new outside drinking water taps that have been installed nearby at a child-friendly height. The right photo shows the room before the refurbishment where water tanks were filled and brought into the classroom on a daily basis.

Here's how your donations have helped in this ECD refurbishment:

* Painting the classroom

* Installation of a suspended ceiling for warmth and sound-proofing

* Laying new floor carpets with PVC foam

* Provision of new furniture of bookshelves and tables

* Connecting the room with electricity

* Installation of nearby drinking water taps

* Construction and installation of ramps for accessibility

 

Teacher training, books and other educational resources will be arriving soon to complete the refurbishment, made possible thanks to our dedicated community of supporters. Your help will benefit these young children at the very start of their educational journey, high in the Himalayan hills.