In January 2012, Team for Nature and Wildlife (TNW) Nepal in coordination with “Engineers without borders/UCL”, UK came to an agreement to build an earthquake resistance school building for the poor and socially disadvantaged children of Saraswati Vidya Mandir, a primary public school located in Sunkhani VDC of Dolakha district.
The school building had very poor and weak infrastructure and prone to disasters. The children were forced to take classes on open ground due to the lack of classrooms and poor infrastructures. Taking into consideration of children’s safety and for providing the children with safer school environment, TNW partnered with EWB UCL to build an earthquake resistance school building.
The school construction was completed on November 2013 with the technical and financial assistance of EWB-UCL.
The school is primary school that runs classes up to Grade Five. The school is considered as the school of the Thami (socially disadvantaged caste), Dalits (socially excluded caste) and poor children and holds a low position in the minds of the wider community. There were 133 students at the school and most are from poor or socially discriminated backgrounds and some are orphans.
For further information about the school:
Survey visit report by Kristy Revell
School case study PDF
MOU between TNW-EWB
36 people were killed in Dolakha by 12th May Earthquake with its
epicenter in Sunkhani VDC of the district.
Earthquake-resistance school building Team
Karma Sherpa(Project Leader)
Dr. Prachand Man Pradhan
(Act.Head & Asst.Professor)
School Of Engineering
Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation Committee
Roshan Kumar Shrestha