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
Uma Kunda Lower Secondary School has 135 students and is located between Bhandar and Kinja villages on the lower Jiri-Everest trek. The school was completely flattened in the earthquake. The cost to rebuild the school, using local labour and locally sourced material was £8,300 which was very generously donated by Paul & Pat Lillington, two retired university lecturers from Keswick, both in their early 70’s.
The Juniper Trust, met with the villagers and school committee in October 2015 and agreed a plan for a new school. The school was finally completed in August 2016 and new uniforms and equipment were delivered for all the students in time for the opening. Following a visit to the school in November 2016, it was agreed to offer further help and to rebuild a second classroom block which was also destroyed in the earthquake. The work was completed in March 2017.
Our thanks go to the individuals in the field who made all this possible, the voluntary help from our contacts in Nepal and, most of all, for the generous donation from Paul & Pat Lillington who donated to help make this happen.
A promised delivered but continues
Almost 3 years after the earthquake, daily life is returning to normal. A joint fundraising by the Juniper Trust and its partners has 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 the delivery of 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 was able to deliver quickly.
The reputation of Juniper Trust has spread to other villages and we already have several requests of help from other schools. Our latest three schools will be completed by November 2018 (see 2018 Siruwa, Saraswati & Namuna School Project) and our search continues for more schools that need our help.