In 2015, two major earthquakes occurred in Nepal and caused widespread devastation across the country, with the epicentre being in the Gandaki Province – Gorkha District. Since then, REACH for Nepal (RFN) Nepal has been actively engaging with the communities in the province and advising RFN Australia on priority projects to enable continued education and access to clean water.
While many schools have been rebuilt over the years, financial assistance for schools in the remote hills including this school – Shree Barahi Basic School (SBBS) in Sukugandaki, Tanahun is still in urgent need for a complete rebuild.
The classrooms at SBBS are dangerously uninhabitable, leak during the monsoon season resulting in school closure, and severely cramped for space with one classroom also being shared for an office and library.
The five classrooms are beyond repair and need complete demolition and rebuild from ground up so that children have improved access to quality and disaster resilient facilities which will lead to year round access to education.
The work of building the school classrooms will be done collaboratively with the school management committee, school construction committee and the local mother’s group. The mother’s group in remote villages in Nepal have a pivotal role in understanding where aid is required and organising assistance where it is most needed. The approach to rebuild this school will include:
RFN Nepal and School Construction Committee will oversee the project
Communities in the area will be fully engaged and participate in project build activities
Construction will comply with local safety standards
Phased delivery options commensurate with fund availability
Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals
This project will contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in the following ways.
Quality Education: The scope of this project includes the addition of education resources to assist learning, a bright and clean school environment conducive to a better learning and improved quality of education
No Poverty: Improved education facilities and teaching resources will increase the prospects of employment and create further opportunities to reduce poverty
Reduced Inequalities: Through better education there is an increased likelihood of reducing inequalities
Shree Barahi Basic School, Sukugandaki, Tanahun
Rotary Club of Hall, Canberra / REACH for Nepal Foundation
The project's output is to rebuild the entire school over the next three years while also organising the school so that all students have access to filtered drinking water and hygiene stations.
The project's outcome is to provide children in Sukugandaki and Tanahun with high-quality, disaster-resistant educational facilities, allowing them to attend school all year.
The impact of the project is that children will have access to high-quality education, which will help reduce inequalities and poverty in the area.
Review and Sustainability
The REACH for Nepal Director in Nepal will check with the leaders of the school and community soon after project completion to see whether there are any issues with equipment or newly constructed building.
The purpose of the final follow-up after 12 months of project completion, is to check whether the project was relevant, effective and whether the outcome is sustainable. That is, confirming or otherwise whether we did the right thing, and did we do it the right way?
The images of the classrooms before, and after the investment from REACH from Nepal Foundation.