Fundraisers visit new school rebuilt after Nepal earthquake
13 March 2019
Study Group employees travel to Nepal to see the results of £220,000 raised through Building Futures fundraising initiative.
Last month marked the completion of a school construction project in Nepal funded by Study Group’s Building Futures initiative in response to the major earthquake in 2015.
Four years after the earthquake destroyed homes, schools and lives in Nepal, Singhamati School in the Sindhupalchowk District is now a safe, comfortable environment for children to learn in.
Sweta is aged 14 and studies at the school. She said: “My favourite subject is Nepali. My mother is a farmer. I want to become a nurse.”
Study Group staff and students raised £220,000 for the new school project, which was delivered by NGO, Plan International, based in Nepal.
Construction Specialist at Plan International (Nepal), Bhusan Aryal said: “Safety is the first concern for the children and their families. We have put in safe infrastructure through our huge investment and also facilities like lavatories, playgrounds and furniture.”
The Nepal earthquake badly hit the Sindhupalchowk District and 95% of schools were destroyed. Before the new buildings were constructed, the school children had been learning in temporary learning centres.
Many of the children's parents are farmers but this young generation is now inspired to become nurses, teachers or start their own business.
Six Study Group employees were selected to visit the new school and see first-hand what can be achieved with the Building Futures initiative. One employee, Veronica Barrezueta, said: “Being able to hear what the children want to be when they grow up brought me a lot of joy. I wanted to cry in that moment. The opportunity that we’re allowing them to have at the school fills my heart.”
Building Futures has been involved with long-term, sustainable education projects in partnership with Plan International since 2006. Last year the initiative won a Bronze award in the Corporate Engagement Awards.
Staff and students are currently raising money to help eight schools in Bangladesh that suffer from regular flooding and cyclones, disrupting education for months at time.
Find out more about Building Futures.
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