Established in 1962, Shree Jeevan Jyoti Higher Secondary School was catastrophically damaged by the 2015 Earthquakes. With education seriously underfunded by Government, the future of Nepal's children rests with NGO's like CITCNepal. Children are studying in woefully inadequate temporary classrooms which overheat in the strong Nepalese sunshine and leak during the heavy rains of the monsoon season. Head Teacher, Janak Kumar Thapa, petitioned CITCNepal in April 2016 requesting 6 new classrooms as follows:
"State of the problems:
Due to the lack of economic fund the school is not able to create good physical environment in the school though we are keenly interested to manage.Now we have lack of a building with at least 6 rooms in the school.There are all together 14 rooms that all are used. We are compelled to conduct ECD and Grade 1 in the same room due to lack of rooms likewise we are hardly managing optional classes for grade 9 and10 for which we have to wait till 6th period when the junior students go home. Not only above problems school is compelled to conduct 10+2 classes in the morning shift though government policies and instruction is to conduct those classes in the day time. So to create the child friendly rooms in the school we are seeking the help to construct a good building at school .
Importance and Implication of the programme:
If we are able to setup a new building at school firstly the student will be directly benefited. They will enjoy coming and sitting in the class. Teacher will be able to demonstrate educational materials and manage the class easily which finally lives to the quality education in the school. Similarly students from the neighboring school and VDC will also be interested to come in our school that helps to increase the number of students in the school. So to provided quality education it will be a mile stone for the school."
Following site visits from Trustees, CITCNepal Engineer and representatives of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, UK, CITCNepal are now working in partnership with Cheshire Fire Cadets to raise money for the rebuilding of 6 classrooms. The new buildings will be built on a piece of land donated by the original founder of the school. The land has been prepared by the local community as part of the 20% buy-in required by CITCNepal.
The school serves a community of around 1800 people of many different castes and ethnic groups and includes Buddhists, Hindus and Christians. The main employment for local people is subsistence farming, growing mainly maize, millet and potatos. A few families have jobs in the trekking industry and small businesses.
Together with the inspirational Cheshire Fire Cadets, Classrooms in the Clouds will be raising over £100,000 to build 6 earthquake resistant classrooms. We will need to do further fundraising to provide a filtered water system to provide clean drinking water and gender specific toilets to the school.
The two storey design with earthquake resistance has been approved by the Ministry of Education and will be built to post earthquake constructions standards 'Building Back Better'. Clean water and gender specific toilets will be the second phase of this exciting development.
Sonam Sherpa, CITCNepal Engineer, seen right with Site Manager, Santosh and Chair of CITCNepal, Mike Hagen, will oversee the project. Sonam's home town of Lukla has a clean water system that feeds all homes and shops in the town designed and installed under the professional expertise of Sonam. Sonam is part of an innovative and cutting edge group of young business people in Lukla who have been responsible for many strong initiatives that are changing the lives of the local people. They are the new generation of young educated leaders who have the skills and the knowledge to build strong futures for their communities.