A number of projects have come our way that were either ‘one-offs’, directed by a trusted partner, or funded through our micro-research grant program:
2016: Putting Shoes on Children’s Feet: Running with Mira Rai in Sano Dumma
2015-2016: Girls Bathroom at Buddhanilkantha Public School
There is a strong link between access to bathroom facilities for girls and staying in school. With donations following the earthquakes in April and May, 2015, we built a bathroom for girls at a large government funded (read unfunded) school in northern Kathmandu. We continue to work toward small incremental improvements on the bathroom as time allows, but it became fully functional in mid 2016 and is a a huge step up from prior facilities. We also support a number of scholars at this school. It is important to note that most families with any resources send their children to private schools in Kathmandu. The public, or government, schools are severely under funded.
2015: Building 20 Bamboo Houses
We partnered with two other organizations to build strong bamboo housing with metal roofing for residents in Nuwakot, Ranipauwa, Kakani-2, Sisneri. The entire project was managed by our friends at the Himalaya Map House and we also had volunteers and Sudeep Kandel on site. For more information – please see this dispatch.
2015: Delivering Tarps and Community Assessments
The May 12th earthquake, which measured 7.3, only added insult to injury in Nepal. We completed three objectives: a) Deliver tarps to the village of Heywa with donations made to Wide Open Vistas. b) Travel from Heywa west to Jiri and conduct community assessments for the International Organization on Migration -while moving through parts of Solukhumbhu, Ramechhap and Dolakha. c) Deliver additional tarps to Phakding in the Solukhumbu and assess potential of helping to rebuild community school. Here are a few pics, for more info please see this dispatch.