Text by Lauren Kelley | Photos by Project Nepal students and staff 

Logos by Max Resnikoff and Bina Mistry 

“Project Nepal has inspired me to make sure I do something beneficial with my life as I have many assests and opportunities available to me, and it would be appalling to waste them.”

–Ben Jose, Years 2 and 3

Year 1: Shree Mahendra Primary School 

In spring 2015, 38 students aged 15-17 traveled to Nepal to work together to make a sustainable difference in the community of a non-fee paying primary school in the Kathmandu Valley. While there, students: 

 

  • completed the construction of 3 previously unusable classrooms

  • installed, sanded and painted a privacy gate

  • supplied the school library with over 600 books 

  • supplied staff with laptop computers and school stationery 

  • painted 7 classrooms with educational murals 

  • taught lessons in English

  • donated Physical Education equipment 

 

Above all, our students and teachers developed relationships with the Nepalese school community--without question each of us were forever changed. 

“As important as helping to build the school is, part of the project is to influence the students’ education in a positive way to be sure they will use this experience as a motivational tool for their future.”

 –Alex Eldaief, Years 1 and 2

“Project Nepal is about uniting communities from around the world, learning from each other and working together to make a tangible, visible and real difference.”

 –Barbora Vohlidkova, Grade 12

“Jana Bhawana now has a good foundation and a better classroom environment because of the work we have done. We were able to prove ourselves as a valuable friend to have, and we can look forward to more years of co-operation between the two groups.”

–Kaustav Das Sharma,

Year 2 

Years 2, 3 and 4:

Shree Jana Bhawana Primary School

In March 2016, after seven months of fundraising and preparation, 31 ACS Egham high school students traveled to Panchkal, Nepal to support a rural primary school serving 75 students up to age 10. Our team:

 

  • secured earthquake-related foundation issues 

  • designed and installed a community football pitch

  • installed playground equipment

  • developed an after school club

  • taught lessons in English 

  • supplied school stationery and Physical Education equipment 

  • painted 5 classrooms

  • ACS Egham Lower School students collected 1000 primary books, which were then used in the new library that the students designed, built and equipped

  • Partnered with HANDS International which will support the nutritional needs of the entire community 

  • Rotary of London, Ontario made a $1500 CDN donation which was used to implement a water system; before which access to running water is extremely limited.  

 

In addition to project work, students completed a 60km hike through the Kathmandu Valley and visited cultural sites in and around the capital.

 

 

Years 3 and 4: Shree Jana Bhawana

Primary School

In Year 3, 27 students returned to Jana Bhawana in April 2017 to build new structures in order to support increased enrollment at the school.

 

In 2018, 32 students will travel to Jana Bhawana to continue to develop the infrastructure by completing classrooms and installing a safety gate.

Year 5: Building from the Ground-up 

In Years 5 and 6, we will have the amazing opportunity to build a school from scratch in the village that we have grown to know and love.  We will work alongside Shree Bhuwaneshwari School to build a school for high school students on land that was gifted to them by the Nepali government.

HANDS Initiative 

In 2016, Project Nepal partnered with Health and Nutrition in Developing Societies (HANDS) of Nepal to support the nutrititional needs of the Jana Bhawana community. Three full-time Nepalese staff were hired to assess malnutrition and teach the local families how to compensate for them. Now, a school garden and a cook provide nutritious lunches to students and staff each day, and health surveys continue. We have received a donation that will help us continue this partnership through March 2018.

In Fall 2016, Project Nepal received a donation that made it possible for us to purchase one solar lamp per student and two charging stations that will remain at the school in order to encourage attendance. 

Additional fundraising allowed us to purchase 78 winterization kits for students and teachers. Kits contain winter clothing and blankets. 

Himalayan

Prayer Flags

Year 5: The Year of the Earth 

The five colors of traditional prayer flags are arranged from left to right in a specific order, and each color represents an element: blue represents sky and space, white air and wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water and yellow represents the earth.

 

Traditional Tibetan medicine supports the idea that health and harmony are produced through the balance of the five elements. The use of prayer flags promotes peace, wisdom, compassion and strength. Tibetans believe prayers will be blown by the wind to spread the good will, pervading space; therefore, the flags are believed to be beneficial to all.