My name is Anamica Gauchan. I am 26 years old and have been involved in the development sector working in project coordination and management for the last 2.5 years.
Throughout this journey of visiting schools and implementing projects, I was deeply touched by a primary school located in Morangey village of Makwanpur district of Nepal. I was first introduced to this school by a friend of mine- Steve who speaks fluent Nepali as an outcome of his 40 years stay in Nepal.
The school- Shree Lal Kiran Primary School runs up to Grade Three with only two teachers and 63 students, which is likely to increase in the next academic year again. All the students (99%) belong to Tamang and (1%) Dalit communities.
We, at IDV, first visited the school in late April 2016 as part of a Need Assessment to help rebuild their classrooms (The school was affected by the 2015 Nepal earthquake with complete damage to their 2 classroom building). Sadly, due to high cost estimation of project, we were unable to implement the project but supplemented the school with projects we could afford and the school infrastructure required- desks and benches. The experience was one of a kind with nearly 11 hours of journey from Kathmandu followed by 2.5 hours uphill hike transporting 20 sets of desks and benches on tractor and porters. Not to forget, it was in May 2016 when the monsoon hit early in Nepal. Later, on December 2016, thanks to our IDV volunteers David and Milly, we were successful to distribute blankets to each student as a part of winterisation programme. This blanket distribution, was done strategically, in the sense, I really wanted to analyse the community behaviour and support which turned out completely positive (the parents are very poor and an additional blanket would warm the family up too)and almost tear up my eyes- and that is very rare! I will also be distributing a set of library books and learning charts, thanks to IDV on second/third week of March 2017.
Now, on upcoming Nepali New Years which falls on 14th April 2017, I want to help motivate the students further by providing each of them with a set of stationery supplies, bag, water bottle, handkerchief and sanitation kit and 3 whiteboards and marker for the school!
I hope you all help me achieve the goal and make me a proud supporter of the school. This is my first fundraising project but not the last one for Morangey!
Dhanyabaad (meaning Thank you in Nepali)