Visit to Bal Shikshya

It was an early morning trip to Jamne, Thokarpa. I had called the vice principal of Bal Shikshya Mr. Hari Parsad Poudel the day before to inform him regarding my visit. As outlined on my previous blog, I was eager to meet and discuss the strategies regarding the reconstruction of the permanent school.

IMG_1886.JPG
Figure 1.1 On the road to Thokarpa at 6:00 AM. Location of the picture is in Banepa, Nepal.

Kotgau, Thokarpa is where I was born and words can’t describe how I felt on my way there. The trip was around 2.5 hours from the capital. I stayed the night at my uncle’s house and left for the visit to Bal Shikchya school in the morning with Bikash and Bibek.

IMG_2295
Figure 1.2: On top of a bus with Bibek (middle) and Bikash (right).

As we arrived to the site, the view was breath taking however the damage that had occurred was devastating. Here are few glimpse of pictures.

thumb_IMG_2207_1024
Figure 1.3: Panorama of the site.
IMG_2190
Figure 1.4: Side view of the damaged school.

Villagers had managed to clear the site after the earthquake last summer. Notice the remaining of the materials such as wood logs and stones are on far upper right of figure 1.4. Villagers hope to use the material for the reconstruction of the permanent school.

IMG_2194
Figure 1.5: Saroj and Bibek are measuring the dimension of the old school.

Since the old school is completely damaged, a non profit from Kathmandu called Himalayan Natural constructed a temporary school for kindergarden (known as shishu here in the village), class 1, 2, 3. Here are few glimpse of the temporary school.

IMG_2210
Figure 1.6: There are tarpaulin (known as tripal in Nepal) on left side of the building to prevent rain into the temporary school.

IMG_2220
Figure 1.7: Closer look into the type of material used for the school.

The school sits in a village full of under-caste people. The village is known as Pari Gau (under-caste Village). Most of the kids (if not all) attending the school are pari.

IMG_2241
Figure 1.8: Kids in there respective classes.

There is a real lack of basic needs in a classroom in this school currently. School typically starts at 10 am. Due to cold weather, they start their first class out side of the class room in a tarpaulin where there is sunlight.

IMG_2227
Figure 1.9: A chair for the teacher in the classroom.

 

IMG_2244
Figure 1.10: Meeting with the Principal Mr. Tara  Dhungana (middle left ) and vice principle Hari prasad Poudel (middle right) with Bibek (right side) and I.

We chatted with the principal shorty after conducting the measurements of the old infrastructures. The damaged school was built in 2008. Currently there are 79 kids and 5 teachers in the school. We also had an official demand letter written and signed by the principal outlining the needs of the school.

As I spoke with locals(from Kotgau), they were not very pleased with the aid going to the under-caste (pari) folks of the village. Upper caste (bramin) folks feel almost as if the earthquake had made the lives of the under caste better than it was prior to the earthquake because of the amount of aid they have received. I am also considered upper caste which put me in a really awkward situation. When I arrived at my uncle’s house after the visit to Bal Shikchya, they (my unlces and other folks from the uppercaste area) weren’t please with the work I will be doing for the under caste folks. If I were to say anything to try to make my unlces and others to understand, it would only make the situation worse. I am really looking forward to this challenge for the next few months.

We headed back to Kathmandu after lunch. We hiked until Sukute, and took the bus from there to Kathmandu.

I arrived to Kathmandu a day before new year. As I arrived here, I received a news that Ravi from Kopila Valley had passed away. I was heartbroken. My deepest condolences to everyone in Surkhet. Stay strong Maggie DD.

10411_10205229903973111_116162921631330660_n.jpg

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Impact Travel Blog

#Voluntourism

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: