7. REBUILDING 20 SCHOOLS IN NEPAL – SATKANYA PRIMARY

OUR FUNDRAISING

£20,000 to rebuild Satkanya Village School
100%
£2,000 to provide new uniforms and school equipment for 80 children
100%

Why this project needed our help?

Satkanya Primary School   – The Juniper Trusts 7th  School

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.

Juving Secondary School is situated a days walk from Lukla and has 230 students and 8 teachers. Six classrooms were destroyed in the earthquake, as were the the toilets and library. The Juving School Project has been one of the larger ones, requiring 4 classrooms, 2 toilets, a computer room, library and a staff room for the teachers.  The school was finally completed in September 2016 and new uniforms and equipment were delivered for all the students in time for the opening. The school cost £25,000 to rebuild using local labour from the village, with an additional £6,000 to provide new uniforms, school bags and equipment for all 230 children.

20 Schools – A promise delivered

Following the Earthquake in Nepal in 2015, The Juniper Trust focused on the reconstruction of damaged schools in remote areas that would otherwise receive little help. Despite the difficulty of sourcing and delivering materials into a remote region, the complexity of permission, new earthquake regulations and the vagaries of the weather, the initial target of rebuilding 10 schools was completed by the end of 2016, just 18 months after the earthquake. The project was occasionally daunting but with the invaluable help of local volunteers and the villagers themselves, the Juniper Trust delivered quickly by getting money and supplies direct to the people to make this possible.

As news of the good work spread, the Juniper Trust was approached by many villages that were either still without a school or using temporary shelters. Responding to this demand, The Juniper Trust maintained its focus on its Nepal Earthquake appeal and set itself another ambitious target of rebuilding 10 more schools by 2020, making a total of 20 schools by 2020.

Thanks to the many donations we received and a continued commitment from our volunteers in Nepal, The Juniper trust rebuilt a further 7 schools before the spring of 2020 when work came to a stop due to the Covid Pandemic. However, the resilience of the Nepalese people shone though and as soon as they were able to begin work again, they did and the 18th School, Bampti Kindergarten was completed by December 2021. Maili school was then rebuilt in 2022, with the help of the first western volunteers since Covid stopped all travel to Nepal. Work has already started on the Juniper Trusts 20th school rebuild, in the remote village of Ranjana Beni, to be completed by November 2023.

Thanks to your help and all the volunteers in Nepal, 20 schools have been rebuilt in Nepal since the earthquake in 2015, giving over 2000 children a brighter hope for the future.

Change Their World.  Change Yours.  This Changes Everything.

Secondary School has 230 students and 8 teachers. Six classrooms were destroyed in the earthquake, as were the the toilets and library. The Juving School Project has been one of the larger ones, requiring 4 classrooms, 2 toilets, a computer room, library and a staff room for the teachers.

The Juniper Trust, in its search for 10 schools to rebuild, met with the villagers and school committee in October 2015 and agreed a plan for a new school. The school was finally completed in September 2016 and new uniforms and equipment were delivered for all the students in time for the opening. The school cost £25,000 to rebuild using local labour from the village,with an additional £6,000 to provide new uniforms, school bags and equipment for all 230 children.

Funding for Juving School was helped by a fund-raising group consisting of Oliver Knowles, Alan Oatway and Mike Ritson, who were in Nepal when the earthquake struck. Over 5 days they witnessed how brilliantly the villagers coped with the destruction of their homes and they resolved to raise money to help re-build the community buildings of  the villages which were affected. Their fundraising efforts were based in Devon, Cumbria and North Wales with donations coming from individuals and organisations in those three areas and personal contacts from much further afield.