School Reconstruction in Nepal
D2N’s school reconstruction initiative consists of rebuilding 11 schools in the villages of Dipsung, Sungdel and Rakha which were completely destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Given the facts that the Nepalese government is overwhelmed by the destruction caused by the earthquake and these villages are remote and marginalized, it is highly unlikely that these schools would or could be rebuilt by the government and local communities without outside help.
Since the earthquake D2N has enabled 623 students from seven schools to return to new, safe classrooms. This past fall construction started on the final four schools slated for reconstruction. We are in the process of rebuilding 15 classrooms which will house 515 students. These schools have a planned completion date of June 2018.
The schools currently being rebuilt are:
- Singadevi Primary School, Sungdel
- Boudha Primary School, Rakha
- Surya Secondary School, Sungdel
- Baikalpik Primary School, Rakha
Immediately below you will find photos of the current reconstruction. Further below you will find information on each of the completed schools
Kalika Secondary School, Bakachol
Kalika Secondary School is D2N's largest school: grades 1-10, 244 students, 14 teachers, a preschool, a science lab, a library, an office, and one room for extracurricular activities. D2N built five classrooms with the local community providing 20% of cost and buying the land. The school opened in 2017; the ribbon- cutting ceremony took place in December 2017.
Back to School - Khotang
Himalaya Primary School, Maurytham, Sungdel
The government is currently building one block of classrooms; D2N funded the construction of four more classrooms; these classrooms were completed in July 2017. Classes 1-5 are attended by only 40 students. Although it may seem like a large expense to build a school serving such a small number of students, some students walk up to 5 HOURS round trip each day to school (plus chores at home and homework). The remote nature of these communities precludes consolidation of schools/students.
The current construction of two classrooms by the government is a good example of the community's vestment in this process. The government is providing $13,500, and the local community is providing $6,500- or 33%! Vestment of the local community is one way to ensure these projects will be utilized as intended, and maintained.