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Sindhupalchowk Project, Nepal

Building Futures' tenth project is focused on rebuilding schools and restoring education for girls and boys in Nepal, following the major earthquakes of 2015.

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Temporary learning centre in Nepal before project

The need

On 25 April 2015, a major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Nepal just outside the capital city, Kathmandu. A second earthquake measuring 7.3 hit just two weeks later. This caused widespread damage across several districts, the worst hit being Sindhupalchowk where 95% of schools were damaged or destroyed. Children have been learning in temporary learning shelters but long-term rebuilding is much needed to ensure their education and wellbeing is not disrupted any longer.

The plan

Starting in September 2016, our 18-month project aims to raise a total of £200,000 to rebuild a school in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal.

Key activities:

  • Rebuilding classrooms and ECCD rooms with quality durable and resilient materials.
  • Equipping all classrooms with child-friendly desks and chairs.
  • Ensuring schools are accessible for people with disabilities.
  • Constructing accessible, gender-separated toilet blocks. 
  • Installing drinking water points.
  • Constructing boundary walls to protect the environment from strong winds and rain, and to increase the safety of children attending.
  • Investing in disaster preparedness training, including providing first aid kits and search and rescue kits.
  • Improving the knowledge of children, teachers, parents and community members on what to do in an emergency and how to stay safe.
  • Raising awareness on the importance of girls' education and gender equality in the classroom and at home.
  • Improving temporary learning centres while children prepare to transition from these to the new school.
  • Working with the local and national government to improve disaster preparedness in the long-term within communities and schools. 

Building just one school will benefit hundreds of students currently out of school or learning in temporary classrooms. The new schools will be rebuilt to withstand future disasters and the community will be involved from the outset.

Building Back Better

Building Back Better means that community recovery efforts result in safer, more resilient buildings and infrastructure.

It means working with communities on their recovery journey, involving them as partners in the entire process, providing emotional support and building knowledge, community spirit and resilience. Things that aren't seen immediately, but that can withstand any future challenge.