“Rebuilding Sanjiwani Hostel for visually impaired students in Dhulikhel, Kathmandu.
On April 25th, 2015, a massive earthquake struck Nepal, devastating the country. Schools and buildings across the nation were destroyed, and the process of reconstruction has been ongoing. In the town of Dhulikhel, located twenty miles east of Kathmandu, a hostel for students affiliated with Sanjiwani School, which serves as the home for up to 26 visually impaired children who must board far away from their families, lost one of its two buildings. What remained was not safe, and all the children were cramped into a single building. These children couldn’t return home to visit their families, as Dhulikhel’s government school was the only option for educating them, requiring several days of travel.
Construction began in December 2016, thanks to a £5000 donation from the Trust and with the assistance of John and Paula. The remaining £10,000 required for the renovation was also successfully raised. The hostel was completed in May 2017. In addition to the building work and essential living equipment, the children were asked to provide a wish list of simple things that would enhance their quality of life, to supplement the USB players and headphones already donated and in frequent use. They requested several traditional musical instruments to play, which would help integrate them into the community – as music and singing are integral parts of Nepali culture.
The Juniper Trust has made multiple visits to the hostel while in Kathmandu as part of their school rebuilding program and continues to support the Sanjiwani hostel for visually impaired children.