Why this project needed our help
A 7.8 magnitude tremor on 25 April 2015, followed by a 7.3 aftershock two weeks later, killed almost 9,000 people. More than 740,000 homes and 32,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed throughout Nepal but nowhere was worse hit than the steep, crowded and poor mountainside dwellings close to the epicentre in the Sindhupalchok District and the villages between Jiri and Lukla.
How Juniper Trust helped
Following the devastating earthquake in April 2015, the Juniper Trust was able to rebuild 10 schools in Nepal by the end of 2016, an ambitious and successful project that helped almost 2000 children. News of the good work spread, and JT were approached by many villages that were either still without a school or using temporary shelters. In 2017, JT raised money to rebuild Garjyang School and three more primary schools more have been rebuilt in 2018 – Saraswati School, Siruwa and Namuna. All three schools are feeder primary schools for the now prospering Kinja School which was one of the first schools to rebuilt by JT in 2016.
In November 2018, a team of young volunteers from Adventure Aid Nepal helped with the finishing touches and delivered uniforms, bags, shoes and schools equipment for the children at all three schools, paid for by part of their £5,000 fundraising target.
20 Schools by 2020 – A promised delivered
3 years after the earthquake, daily life has returned to normal. Juniper Trust and its partners have so far raised over $250,000 to help rebuild 14 schools in the most affected areas which were unlikely to receive any other help. The fundraising also provided for new uniforms, winter coats, shoes, bags, books and pencils to almost 3,000 children. The difficulty of sourcing and delivering materials into a remote region, the complexity of permission, new earthquake regulations and the vagaries of the weather, was occasionally daunting but with the invaluable help of our local teams, the Juniper Trust has been able to deliver quickly.
The Juniper Trust still receives many requests of help from other schools and we will help where we can. In 2019 we will try again to raise money to rebuild 3 more schools (see 2019 Nepal projects) and then a further 3 in 2020 – 20 Schools rebuilt by the Juniper Trust by 2020. Please help if you can.