Sunrise, located in Nagdanda, was originally founded in 1999 (Nepali date: 2056 BS) as a private school and had around 40 students and 5 teachers. In 2011, with the school not doing too well and the original owner considering to discontinue the school, Koen (the current General Advisor of oHoH) together with two Nepali friends commissioned the school and turned it into a community school. The school’s name was changed to “New Vision Academy” (NVA).

 

Together with the old teaching team they put all their time and effort in the “new” NVA school. As a result many things changed. NVA got a new computer lab with five desktop computers, powered by the solar panel on the roof. A new toilet building was built and three classrooms received a complete renovation. All this was made possible by donors already involved with Koen and through support from Stichting FortUna. Without them none of this would have been realized.
 
In addition to all the construction going on, we also started our Scholarship Program by initially sponsoring 15 children. Steadily this would increase to more than 30 children in the years to follow.
 
Besides all prosperity NVA also knew adversity. In 2013 the school was hit by a huge storm which resulted in the school roof being blown off. A blessing in disguise, Koen had just sent all the children home because a gut feeling had told him that something would go terribly wrong. And his gut feeling turned out correct when half an hour later the roof took off for a nice flight and landed in the playground were just before all children had been playing.
 
During 2014 and 2015 the number of children attending the school decreased. This resulted in talks about a merger with a neighbouring community / government school called Mahendra school. A merger would be beneficial for both schools. There would be no need to rent two separate buildings which would save a considerable amount of money on rent. Also, with the two schools both running at a loss, a merged school would have more students and more teaching staff, resulting in more income provided by the community (school fees) and the government (through educational funding).
 
May 5th 2016 the decision was made: the schools merged and from that day on the name of the 'new' school became “Mahendra Community Primary School”. Nowadays the school has more than 80 students with student numbers still increasing daily. At the moment the school has 9 classes: from nursery up to class 6 (3 - 11 year old students).

Sunrise, located in Nagdanda, was originally founded in 1999 (Nepali date: 2056 BS) as a private school and had around 40 students and 5 teachers. In 2011, with the school not doing too well and the original owner considering to discontinue the school, Koen (the current General Advisor of oHoH) together with two Nepali friends commissioned the school and turned it into a community school. The school’s name was changed to “New Vision Academy” (Nva).

 

Together with the old teaching team they put all their time and effort in the “new” Nva school. As a result many things changed. Nva got a new computer lab with five desktop computers, powered by the solar panel on the roof. A new toilet building was built and three classrooms received a complete renovation. All this was made possible by donors already involved with Koen and through support from Stichting FortUna. Without them none of this would have been realized.
 

In addition to all the construction going on, we also started our Scholarship Program by initially sponsoring 15 children. Steadily this would increase to more than 30 children in the years to follow.
 

Besides all prosperity Nva also knew adversity. In 2013 the school was hit by a huge storm which resulted in the school roof being blown off. A blessing in disguise, Koen had just sent all the children home because a gut feeling had told him that something would go terribly wrong. And his gut feeling turned out correct when half an hour later the roof took off for a nice flight and landed in the playground were just before all children had been playing.
 

During 2014 and 2015 the number of children attending the school decreased. This resulted in talks about a merger with a neighbouring community / government school called Mahendra school. A merger would be beneficial for both schools. There would be no need to rent two separate buildings which would save a considerable amount of money on rent. Also, with the two schools both running at a loss, a merged school would have more students and more teaching staff, resulting in more income provided by the community (school fees) and the government (through educational funding).
 

May 5th 2016 the decision was made: the schools merged and from that day on the name of the 'new' school became “Mahendra Community Primary School”. Nowadays the school has more than 80 students with student numbers still increasing daily. At the moment the school has 9 classes: from nursery up to class 6 (3 - 11 year old students).

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Damaged school with
'Machhapuchhre'
in the background

Just six children in class 2

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Family seesaw for kindergarten students.

'New' school building for NVA students

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Damaged school with 'Machhapuchhre' in the background

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Just six children in class 2

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Family seesaw for kindergarten students.

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'New' school building for NVA students

Mahendra _mob

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