Together, We Go Bigger.

Written by Laura Welland, Executive Director

We have broken ground on our newest school building project in Jalpa, Sindhupalchowk District.  Like most buildings in Sindhupalchowk, the community’s school was completely leveled by the 2015 April and May earthquakes.  A consortium of non-profits have come together to rebuild this important infrastructure for the children of Jalpa.

Community members look for viability of water source.

Community members look for viability of water source.

First, Amurt Nepal immediately built a cluster of Temporary Learning Centers to provide the children with classrooms in the interim period while funds and new designs for earthquake-resistant buildings were generated.  After that, the District Education Office built one permanent four-room building to the new standards.  Now, Namlo International is building a second four-room building, using government and NGO approved designs to withstand future quakes, that will double the size of the school, which is currently serving 143 students.  And just in time – the Temporary Learning Centers are now three years old and showing signs of deterioration.  Together, we will have created a safe, positive learning environment for children who just three years ago suffered the loss of everything they knew.

Meanwhile, in nearby Dhuskun, another new partnership has formed with exciting potential for the residents there.  The community of Dhuskun has long suffered from lack of water in the dry season. Conventional rainwater harvesting methods don’t work well in Nepal because they have essentially only two seasons – wet and dry – and the dry season lasts too long to be able to store any meaningful amount of water.  Enter Engineers Without Borders, the same organization that partnered with Namlo to bring water to the village of Sabhung in 2015. This time, the EWB chapter is a group of engineering students from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, who traveled with Namlo engineer Laura Welland to Dhuskun in October to assess the project.  The trip was a big success, with a new source of water located and secured, and plans are in place to design and implement a significantly increased water supply that will continue throughout the dry season.

Laura Welland surrounded by students from EWB- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Laura Welland surrounded by students from EWB- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

And speaking of partnership, the improvement in local government stability since last year’s elections are also contributing, as the Dhuskun local government has agreed to fund and build the 3-mile pipeline that will carry the water from the new source to the distribution system that EWB will construct in the village.  It’s hoped that construction of the pipeline will begin in February, 2019, and construction of the infrastructure around the new source and distribution system will begin in May of 2019 with completion next fall. With the anticipation of this new water system, the residents of Dhuskun are already talking about growing vegetables, raising more animals and other projects that the lack of water prevented them from doing.

Engineers look into a well in the community.

Engineers look into a well in the community.

All this can be done only because of our partnership with you, our donors. Thank you for donating, for trusting us to use your funds wisely, and for your support in the many partnerships that together can improve the lives of so many people. If you would like to sponsor a student’s education, click here and browse the profiles of the inspiring young students who want to have an impact on their community and country.

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