Oct 4, 2021

New start of our school Keshwa Gurukul

Restart Inclusive School Keshwa Gurukul
Restart Inclusive School Keshwa Gurukul

In the middle of September, the time had come that we started a new attempt with our inclusion school. After the kick-off in March, we had to interrupt again after four weeks due to Corona. We are now hoping for a smoother process.

However, we face major challenges. School operations are still restricted, and we are in the middle of the school year which lasts from April to end of March. Therefore, it is not easy to get children transferred from other public or private schools. Many children are currently not going to school because they have been used to staying at home since March 2020. Many parents are concerned that another wave of Covid is coming and are therefore waiting. In the countryside, many people do not really care whether their children go to school or not. And schools or government agencies usually do not care either. This is one of the reasons why a lot of persuasion has to be done with the parents. Parents and children are not used to the fact that regular school attendance is also an obligation. Regular exams, conscientious and structured lessons, attendance checks, discussions between teachers and parents are not given in many rural schools.

We currently have 45 children registered and will gradually integrate these children into the high-quality teaching classes. But there are big gaps in children's knowledge. Often, children from the higher grades of the public schools with low requirements do not know the material of a third or fourth grade. We also teach in Hindi and English and offer the opportunity to gain initial experience with a computer. And we combine teaching with playing to educate children with fun and ease. In addition, in many families it is not considered essential for girls to go to school.

We are convinced and optimistic that our approach will be successful in the long run. We also have the support of the local authority. But it will take many months, maybe even 2-3 years, for the school operations to settle down. But we know that it is worth investing this time. GIVE CHILDREN A FUTURE.

We will be able only with your great support to walk this path in the long term. Thanks a lot for this.

Hindi Lesson
Hindi Lesson
Learning & Playing
Learning & Playing
Play and learn English
Play and learn English
Keshwa Gurukul Inclusion School Advertisement
Keshwa Gurukul Inclusion School Advertisement
Aug 20, 2021

Renovation U-Block Amuro/Mgbom-School

Parts of the U-Block needs to be dismantled
Parts of the U-Block needs to be dismantled

After completing all construction activities on the well and the water supply on the school area for the students, teachers and the kitchen, we concentrated on the planning and financing of the renovation of the first dilapidated school building (the so called U-Block) with approx. 4,000 square feet of floor space.

The condition of the building is very bad, and a lot of construction work is required. The implementation of the measures began on July 10, 2021, and will proceed as follows:

  • Purchase of the essential materials for the first phase: sand, stones, cement, iron rods, wood for the construction of the doors and windows.
  • Selection of the construction company and workers and start of construction.
  • Dismantling of the roof, digging the foundation, demolishing all dilapidated walls, laying of the new foundation, pouring the columns and pillars, connecting the foundation with suspended concrete beams, as the nature of the soil causes cracks in the walls. Most of the concreting and masonry work will then be done.
  • At the same time, the doors and windows will be built.
  • The second phase mainly consists of the work on the roof and the ceilings. Before plastering, the wiring of the electrical system follows. There is currently no electricity, but preparations are already being made for future use. The last step is tiling the floors, installing doors and windows, painting and completing the electrical installations.

Wind and rain damaged the roof of another building, which was repaired at short notice. In the first phase of the renovation, the roof and the dilapidated walls will be dismantled. A solid foundation is then created so that the walls do not burst again. The foundation is the big problem of all buildings because of the soft soil and the simple old buildings.

The soil texture at the school is very poor for construction work. The soil is not stable. When it rains, the soil increases in volume and expands. During the dry season it contracts and shrinks. The instability of the terrain causes the walls of the buildings in the school to crack.

The site engineer now concretes the pillars first and then creates concrete beams from the ground level that will chain the pillars together. On these concrete beams, the blocks are raised up to the lintel level and then another beam is created at roof level. The structure is supported on the floor beams and are filled with laterite down to the foundation. The hardened laterite is a typical construction material in this area.

The costs for the renovation of the U-block amount to approx. USD 40,000. Completion of the work is planned for the end of 2021.

Renovation work of the U-Block started
Renovation work of the U-Block started
Dismantling of the roof and walls
Dismantling of the roof and walls
Construction plan U-Block
Construction plan U-Block
Foundation work of the U-Block
Foundation work of the U-Block
Work on setting pillars
Work on setting pillars
Work on setting pillars
Work on setting pillars
Concrete reinforcement
Concrete reinforcement
Jul 31, 2021

Special Report: Food support for Upper Dolpo

20 tons of rice and flour for 700 families
20 tons of rice and flour for 700 families

This report is not about our school operations itself, but gives you an insight view of how the Covid pandemic impacts the people in the villages where our school projects take place and several other villages in this mountainous region of the Upper Dolpo in Nepal.

A very high number of cases of illness occured in Upper Dolpo in May/June this year. That is why we have started to organize a delivery of medical equipment and food for the families affected beside the medicines. In a joint action, the HUMAN Foundation has succeeded in merging with our partner Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche and other NGOs from Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Nepal. Several packages of medication (febrifuge, cough syrup, pain reliever, (multi) vitamin tablets, antibiotics and much more) were transported to Upper Dolpo in a small helicopter on June 6, 2021 and deposited in three “Health Posts”. Thus, at least basic drugs are available to alleviate some symptoms. More medical care is not possible, since oxygen cylinders etc. are currently not available. And it that makes no sense, as the locals do not know how to operate the medical equipment. Whether the illness is Covid or a severe flu has not yet been determined, as there are no test options.

Due to the many diseases and pandemic restrictions, many families will experience significant harvest losses. Food through trade cannot be purchased either, as the borders with Tibet are closed.

During the month of July we delivered food to 700 families in the rural municipalities of Shey Phoksundo, Dolpo Buddha and Chharka Tangsong in Upper Dolpo at around 4,000 meters above sea level. In total, more than 20 tons of food have been delivered by mules to the three distribution villages in Dho Tarap, Saldang and Karkot. From there, 30 kg of flour or rice per family were distributed to the needy people in the 22 villages. Locals were selected for transportation so that they could earn money from transportation. A total of 360 mules were in action. Each individual transport took 3 days. This supply will help families get through the next harsh winter.

The total costs for the food support amount to more than 30,000 USD. The HUMAN Foundation bears almost 30% of the costs.

We do not want to abandon the families and their children in the Upper Dolpo in the Himalayas in these difficult times, some of whom attend the schools we support.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all donors who supported this special campaign already.

3 Municipalities and 22 villages at 4,000 meter
3 Municipalities and 22 villages at 4,000 meter
Food transport to the villages
Food transport to the villages
 
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