Building a shower room in a Disabled Home

Since the beginning of October I have been here in Nepal. Nepal turned out to be one of the most impressive and diverse countries I have visited. Hospitality got a new definition here for me, kindness and patience are framing the everyday life – I would say a journey to Nepal is a journey to the people. But this is not the only aspect of the country. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world where more than 25% of the population is living below the poverty line. Being here for just a month, I have experienced these contrasts every day.

One of the examples is the disabled home in Kathmandu where I am volunteering since few weeks. There are around 21 mentally disabled students. As a volunteer, I’ve been helping the center by painting the walls, coloring the swing and the benches. I also worked at the sewing class and taught them to make bracelets. I like sharing my knowledge and don’t mind helping the teachers and staff with the everyday work at the center.

Five out of the 21 students who stay at the disabled center are orphans. Few students living there are abandoned by their parents because they don’t know how to handle them. There are two women staffs that live with the disabled children but they don’t have any medical knowledge. Medicine as well is very scarce and not provided to every child. Some windows of the sleeping rooms are broken, food is served every day though but it is very basic. Diapers for children and the totally disabled are expensive and not affordable. Also clean clothes for everybody, towels and toothbrushes are not available.

One of the main problems is that there is no shower installed at the disabled home so the children wash themselves by bucket shower outside at the ground. Because of this some children remain not properly cleaned and there is a lack of hygiene. I saw it is too hard for the women staffs to wash all the 21 students using the bucket shower so a proper shower is necessary for this disabled center. My thought is that if there is a shower, it will be easier for the staff to wash them. Constructing a proper shower room would be a big help for this disabled center.

My aim is to build a shower room so that a general need of every child could be fulfilled – They could stay clean and the hygiene can be maintained. To construct a shower room, we need 500 bricks, 4 bags of cement, a tractor of sand, a steel roof, a door, a water tank and some pipes. Three workers including a plumber would be required for the construction.

But for this I need your help so I am fundraising. If you are interested in supporting my project, then please donate whatever you can on the following bank account:

You can be sure, that the money will be directly invested for the shower construction project. As soon as we are able to fundraise enough money, the construction of the shower room can start. Please see some photos of the Disabled center below.

We are very thankful for every donation.

Best and warms regards from Nepal,

 Elisabeth Gruber

(Elisabeth is from Austria who is volunteering in Nepal with Nepali Host Family at the Disabled home in Kathmandu and she is fundraising for the shower room construction project)

Note: This project was completed on December 15th 2014. Friends and family of Elisabeth donated generously and we were able to fund raise enough money for this project. Thank you to all the great people from Austria and Germany who donated.

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Supporting a Community school in Nepal

There are hundreds of community schools in Nepal. Many of them are run by the local community and the government of Nepal provides most of the funds to run the school. Many community schools in Nepal are also supported by some national and International Non-governmental organizations. Shree Mahankal Secondary School is a local government school located at Kavre district, Nepal. The school is situated at Dev Bhumi village development committee at Bela, Kavre, Nepal. Nepali Host Family and Hamromaya Nepal first ran project at the school to help the local children. In September 2013, we organized a Medical outreach at Shree Mahankal Secondary School with the technical support of Kathmandu university Dhulikhel hospital. Now coming in 2014, we have supported this school again and this time to transform its classrooms. This school was established in 1990. It has about 350 students and twelve classrooms.

Our project to support the community school

The classroom walls looked dirty when we first visited the school in 2013. The colors had faded and it looked like the classrooms needed immediate improvement. The Principal of the school told us that it had been more than ten years that the classrooms haven’t been painted. Our organization, Nepali host family and Hamromaya Nepal decided to change the classrooms of the school by giving it a new paint. We provided funds to the school for painting of all twelve classrooms. Hamromaya Nepal wanted to provide the school new study materials as well. So study material of different subjects like English, Science, Math, Geography and other were handed over to the school Principal. Different maps of the world, maps of Nepal and educational materials were provided to the school.

After the paint, In order to improve the classrooms more, we supported the school by providing new classroom management furniture’s. The classroom management furniture includes a table, a chair and a cupboard for every classroom. As every classroom will have a cupboard so it will be useful for the teachers to store student files and reports safely in the class. As classroom management can be very costly so many community schools in Nepal do not have it. Our organization will continue the projects to support the community school in Nepal.

Government school in Nepal

The condition of government school in Nepal is not good compared to the private schools. The budget given by the government of Nepal for the local community schools is inadequate. Many government schools in Nepal suffer from many problems. The two major problems of the government schools in Nepal is lack of resources and management. The Painting of the classrooms and the donation of the classroom management materials and the educational materials to Shree Mahankal Secondary school at Kavre has helped the school in many ways. Our support has enabled this community school to uplift its physical infrastructure.

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