School Reconstruction in Nepal
D2N’s school reconstruction initiative consisted of rebuilding 12 earthquake-safe schools (approximately 1200 students) in the villages of Dipsung, Sungdel, Rakha and Bakachol which were completely destroyed by the 2015 earthquake. Given the fact that the Nepalese government was 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 have been rebuilt by the government and local communities without outside help.
Immediately below are images of our 12th school and final school, the Kalika Secondary School, which was finished in June 2019. The school was funded with remainder of monies allocated for our other 11 schools. Because the original 11 schools were engineered, managed and built so efficiently, money remained at the end of the orginal reconstruction project.
The school, in Rakha, consists of three blocks of two classrooms. In addition to the images of the completed school there is an image of a public audit. After every D2N project, our local ngo managing the project must post a banner at the project site detailing all expenses for the project, thereby practicing transparency and assuring proper handling of all funds.
Further below you will find images of and information about the rest of the schools.
The progression of Kalika Secondary School.
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.