During the earthquake of 2015, 90% of 500 schools of Gorkha district were destroyed. NJSI had supported eleven schools of remote Gorkha through building reconstruction, toilet construction, teachers’ training and furniture distribution.
On 6th of June, a team of NJSI revisited eight schools to monitor the application of the support: Jalamukhi Primary School, Janashakti School, Baraha School, Saurpani School, Bardi Danda School, Siddartha School, Saptakanya School and Muldevi School. Though the team had to face complications crossing huge river and driving through dense mud, they felt blissful to observe more than 500 students happily attaining education in safe buildings. In most of the schools, toilets and furniture were well maintained and used.
The team was welcomed with appreciative programs and interactions. It was also impressive to learn five out of eight schools were led by female principals.
Taking yet another initiative to help the children with special needs, NJSI organized a training program and distribution of educational material to twelve visually impaired students (nine girls and three boys) of Saraswati Secondary School in Aalekh, Grokha on 28th May 2018 in collaboration with the Bright Star Society.
Being an organization of the differently abled persons, Bright Star Society has always been proactive to bridge the gap between people with and without disabilities. NJSI has been collaborating with them to organize multiple programs as such. The distributed package contained school bags, white canes, braille papers, geometry kits, talking calculators, slate, stylus (braille pen) and audio players with pen drives; also, stationaries were given to partially blinded students. The training program included interactive sessions on use of these proficient devices, general mobility, games, arts and music.
We hope the training program and devices equip them with confidence to lead their life independently.
NJSI has laid the foundation for yet another hostel building on 4th June 2018, in the earthquake affected schools in Nepal. This time it is for the speech and hearing impaired children of Azad School Banepa in Kavre district. Their hostel was destroyed by the earthquake of 2015. Since then the students have been staying in a small dark room of the school. They are studying at Kavre Deaf School. The hostel has the capacity to host 10-15 students. The project is financially supported by Caritas Italy.
NJSI has been in the fore front of supporting the special children’s educational facility with a score of building 7 hostels cum activity centers for the special children in three districts of Nepal, ever since the earthquake in the 2015.