The Deurali School
Shree Deurali Community English School is a small school situated on the outskirts of the Himalayan countryside, in a small village called Lahachowk. It was established in the year 2000 (Nepali date: 2057 BS).
Deurali school is a partly community, partly government school, with children from far away coming to this school to study here. The school has 11 classes: from nursery up to class 8 (3 – 14 year old students). At the moment the school has around 160 children and 18 staff members, having grown considerably over the years due to the quality of the education provided. As this has not gone unnoticed by parents and guardians, the roll continues to increase. With the help of the local community and all its supporters the school is getting better and more modern in its educational facilities. Since March 2016 the school is using a school bus so children won’t have to walk – sometimes for more than an hour – to reach school.
During the last few years volunteers from some European countries have been involved in this school. The school is being supported by a secondary school from England and since 2014 oHoH has also been involved. In that year we started the Scholarship Program oHoH (SPO) by providing 10 children with a full scholarship. In 2016 we increased our SPO with another 10 children. Every year we try to increase the number of sponsored children. The school is situated in a poor rural area with a lot of children who otherwise don’t get the change to attend school, having to work in the fields or at a local factory. The SPO not only allows these children to attend school, providing them with a chance for a better future, it also contributes to diminishing child labour.
In April 2016 oHoH started a new project at this school. Together with “Stichting FortUna” from The Netherlands we started building a new toilet and a new library building. In August 2016, the toilet building was finished and in 2017 the library building was finished.
At the moment oHoH is trying to buy a new school bus for the Deurali School. We are running this project in cooperation with the Secondary School from England. At the moment oHoH already has collected some funds for this new “School Bus” project. Together with the UK school we hope to get enough funding’s to be able to buy a new school bus somewhere in the near future.
The Mahendra School
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 solar panels. A new toilet building was built and three classrooms received a complete renovation. All this was made possible by donors already involved with oHoH and through support from Stichting FortUna.
In addition to all the construction going on, oHoH also started the 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 2012 the school was hit by a huge storm which resulted in the school roof being blown off. A blessing in disguise, the school had just sent all the children home because a gut feeling had told us that something would go terribly wrong. And this 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 neighboring 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 – 12 year old students).
The Thumki School
Shree Thumki Community Boarding School is situated a very small village called Thumki. The school was established in 2063 BS (2006 AD). It has around 75 children and 7 staff members. The school was founded by a small group of local villagers who wanted to have a better school than the local Government school. The school has 11 classes: from nursery up to class 8 (3 – 14 year old students). Over the years the school roll increased considerably and it is now a renowned local school.
While the school was doing well, the building itself wasn’t in a good position. Right next to the playground was a steep cliff into which many balls had disappeared, considered to be lost. However, lost balls weren’t the main problem. With landslides a common danger at monsoon times, that steep cliff made the school and its playground a dangerous place to be.
One of the villagers had donated a new field where we would be able to build a new school including two new ‘bricked’ class rooms and a bigger playground.
In February 2009 we started moving the old school to the newly donated field just below village centre. At the same time we started building new toilets, having decided against moving the old toilets, which consisted of nothing more than a bunch of leaves and branches put together.
After two months of hard work the old school buildings had been moved and new toilets built. Another two months later the two new bricked class rooms, one of them built with money from oHoH, were finished. Class 7 and 8 students were the lucky ones to use these classrooms.
At the moment the Thumki School is well known in the local community. Many students from surrounding villages are attending the Thumki School. The school has a formidable name when it comes to teaching qualities, a thriving and active community helping out with school programs and extracurricular activities and a child friendly and save environment.
The DACS School
Shree Durga Adarsha Community School (DACS) is situated in a small village called Serachour. The school has approximately 120 children and around 13 staff members. The school was founded by a large group of villagers who wanted to have a school in their neighbourhood. It was established in the year 2000 (Nepali date: 2057 BS). At the moment the school has 11 classes: from nursery up to class 8 (3 – 14 year old students). Over the years the school roll increased considerably with the help of the local community.
DACS has a good reputation in the area. In 2009 class 8 was rewarded as the best class 8 of the entire Kaski district (and that means thousands of schools), having obtained the highest average score during the final district exams. DACS is also organising several awareness programs about keeping the environment clean or taking care of yourself and others or how to help the community. The school is officially recognized as a “model school” by the government so teachers of other schools can visit to have a look how the DACS team is running and organising the school.
oHoH has been involved in this school since 2006. It was the first school where we started teaching and donating materials. We donated a big laser printer so the school could print their exams and other school related documents. We also donated small sports items like footballs, volleyballs and larger items like a complete volleyball court including volleyball stands, the volleyball net itself (of course) and a huge bamboo fence around the playground so the balls would not go over the steep cliff which is right next to the playground. We also participated in several special days like Sports Day, Parents Day, school tours and picnics. Today we are still involved in the school with our Scholarship Program oHoH (SPO).