Youth Scholarship Program
On June 7th, 9th and 16th, Dorjee and Sudeep visited schools and family members of the 9 students WOV is currently sponsoring. This connects with Goal 1b in our educational plan. They spoke with school teachers where our students are currently studying. Dorjee and Sudeep talked about possible partnership with the schools on sponsoring 11 new students. Though the interaction with the management and teachers was fruitful, schools throughout the country have just opened after the earthquake and the detail reports from the students that are returning are yet to come. We agreed to revisit the schools after two weeks when we will have more accurate report and get the list of affected students for the screening for the sponsorship. We also visited one government school at Budhanilkantha and have agreed to identify the students with the help of a women community leader on our next visit.
We also did questionnaires survey for families and signed a sponsorship contract for Ganga, Kelsang, Maiti and Pasang. During our visit the father of five students (Pemba, Nima, Purwa, Mimgma, Lakpa), Pasang was out of Kathmandu, in his village with his son Purwa to check the damages form the recent earthquake. Questionnaires survey and signing of sponsorship contract for Pasang and his kids is scheduled for this Sunday.
We remain in the same holding pattern while the village of Phakding figures out their plan. Our $15,000 rebuilding fund is ready to be used. There appears to be disagreement within the community about whether there is a landslide risk from above the current location and whether the school needs to be moved. Moving it would require purchasing new land which is not something WOV is positioned to do. We have networked with the Hillary Trust which originally built the school and they are in a similar place – waiting for the community to figure out the land issue and hoping to build (and to partner with us). Phakding is our first choice because we will have better oversight during the process as Dorjee will be nearby working on his lodge. It is also near the major trekking trail to Everest Base Camp and this allows donors to see that the school really exists. However we can’t wait forever and we have communicated that if no solid plan is presented by July 1st we will be looking for other projects to fund in places like: Gorkha, Sindupalchok, Nuwakot or Dolakha.