In 2015 two major earthquakes struck Nepal, killing 9,000 people and destroying over 900,000 homes. Thousands of schools were destroyed or seriously damaged. In rural areas, government help is limited and many small villages have no capacity to rebuild.
Another Brick in Nepal was established to address this issue in a practical way. Our goal is to re-build schools in rural areas as we identify those most in need. In 2017 we funded the re-building our first elementary school in the village of Aapchaur. This school was built by locals, using locally supplied brick, meaning the money we have raised went back into the local economy. The school opened in January 2018.
We have also funded the replacement of two classrooms full of furniture for Yagyamati Secondary School in Kathmandu, after there were no funds remaining to furnish classrooms rebuilt by the government. We are now building our second school, Sharada Secondary School, in the Sankhuwasava district of Nepal. This school has over 450 students and their two-storey building has been deemed “unusable” post-earthquakes. ABIN raised $50,000 to help complete the re-build of this school. We are also raising more funds to work on our next school project. As a CRA registered charity we are able to issue tax receipts for any Canadian donations.