Sos Himalayan Children – Second Phase

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SOS HIMALAYAN CHILDREN

On November 3, 2023, Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, which particularly affected the districts of Jajarkot and Rukum West, in the northwest of the country.

The situation immediately appeared tragic: 157 victims and 349 injured, 17,792 destroyed and another 17,529 damaged, 300 schools reduced to rubble.

In the following days, the ASIA’s team in Nepal reached the most remote areas affected by the earthquake – the three villages of Shirpachaur, Bayalatole, and Balachaur – met the local communities, and collected the most urgent needs.

THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FIRST HUMANITARIAN AID BEGAN IN JANUARY 2024

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We have entered the second phase of our relief effort for the Nepali populations affected by the earthquake on November 3rd.

In April, we began building two semi-temporary schools in the villages of Bayalatole and Shirpachaur, Rural Municipality of Barekot, Jajarkot District.

The school buildings in these two villages are completely unusable. Students and teachers are forced to hold classes outdoors, in cold and freezing conditions during the winter. Now, with the monsoon season approaching, the school program will be further jeopardized by the rains.

After meeting with the principals, the management committees of the two schools, and the education department of the Barekot municipality, the ASIA team decided to work with a long-term sustainability approach and build semi-temporary schools with an average durability of 5 to 10 years.

These schools will be built, in collaboration with our partner Build Up Nepal, using Interlocking CSEB Bricks. The construction will also use wood, bamboo, and CGI aluminum panels.

Each school will have 9 classrooms, each approximately 16 square meters in size.

The goal is to complete the work before the monsoon season begins and to provide the two schools with all the equipment and materials necessary to create a welcoming, safe, and dignified educational environment.

 

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