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 of our first school in the village of Aapchaur. This elementary school was built by locals, using locally supplied brick, meaning the money we had 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 completed building our second school, Sharada Secondary School, in the Sankhuwasava district of Nepal. This school has over 450 students and their two-storey building had been deemed “unusable” post-earthquakes. ABIN raised $50,000 to help complete the re-build of this school. Sharada was completed in August 2020.
Him School is our third re-building project. Him is in a very rural area and cannot always be accessed by road, due to the destructive monsoon season. We worked very closely with the local community who had managed to raise some funds themselves to repair their small school. ABIN was able to commence building in October 2019 and, despite the turmoil in 2020, we completed Him school in December 2020.
We are currently raising funds to work on our next school project. For the first time we are going to be offering the chance for volunteers to come to Nepal and help with the work. We will be rebuilding a school building and a dormitory for the students in the deaf program at Mahendra school. Students currently have to share beds, and live in poor conditions in a building damaged in the quakes.