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
Yuwa Barsa Lower secondary school in Monjo, just a short walk from Lukla, has 65 students with 3 teachers. Unlike several of the JT schools which were totally destroyed in the earthquake, Yuwa Barsa remained intact but several of the classrooms were damaged, as was the toilet block. With help from the Himalayan Trust and the Department of Education, the school has been repaired and is now open and fully operational. JT has provided a new water supply which was damaged during the earthquake at a cost of £3,250. In addition, as part of the JT’s commitment to continue to support schools once they have been built, £1,500 has been raised for new uniforms and equipment for the students. These were delivered on May 16th, 2016 when the school and water supply were officially inaugurated.
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 all 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.