Post earthquake, Umbrella Nepal have been working with rural communities in response to the many children who have lost families or have been displaced during the earthquake. With homes and schools destroyed in thousands of Nepali communities many temporary shelters have been erected since the earthquake.
Umbrella Australia received many donations over 2015 for emergency earthquake response and rebuilding. As there is currently limited rebuilding in Nepal (due to the lack of infrastructure, Nepal Government incompetency and political unrest) many people are living under plastic in extremely harsh conditions.
Importantly children are attending schoolwhich is giving them some normality in their lives. Even though the buildings are temporary, Umbrella have been able to supply school desks and equipment to accommodate their learning. Some of your donations have contributed to the rural schools in supplying desks and continue to do so over the next few months. This equipment will be moved into permanent classrooms after schools are rebuilt.
At this stage schools that have benefited from TUFA are:
-Shree Public Welfare Primary School in Bhorle - 105 students - 10 sets of desks and benches and 2 whiteboards.
- Saraswoti L.S.S. in Thulogaun - 65 students - 10 sets of desks and benches and 5 whiteboards.
- Panchalinge L.S.S. in Dandagaun - 105 students - 15 sets of desks and benches and 5 whiteboards.
Our recent visit to Gatlang gave us the opportunity to spend some time with the kids in Gatlang school. While we were visiting the children took part of a national protest for the equality of student rights, even though they were in a remote village they still shared their right for free speech....we were lucky enough to have our cameras on the ready.
We had fun with one of the classes asking them to share our 'When I grow up, I want to be....' exercise, there were some interesting answers. We also distributed artwork from the students at Gilgandra NSW which was sent over by our Australian charity of choice Centre For Hope, Newcastle NSW.
We are still needing donations to support more schools in remote, earthquake affected Nepal. If you would like to contribute please click on our donate link....no amount is too small.