Rebuilding Education In Nepal
The April 2015 earthquake destroyed 90% of the schools in the epicentre region of Gorkha district. This amounts to over 500 schools that urgently need to be rebuilt. KarmaFlights recognises that access to education is an instrumental component needed to help earthquake-affected communities get back on their feet. As such, our immediate mission is to help communities by building 20 permanent earthquake-resistant schools. We also wish to provide new and exciting tools to engage the children in the educational process. Our goal is to build and stock 22 libraries and construct 2 solar-powered computer-labs in remote Gorkha villages; the first of their kind in the region.
Rebuilding strong, safe schools is a priority, not simply as a means to ensuring that children don’t miss out on critical education. The village school is the foundation upon which the whole community is centered. If one earthquake resistant structure is standing after a natural disaster, the whole community is more resilient and able to organize and recover.
The Himalayan region is the most seismically active region in the world. Nepal will continue to suffer earthquakes, and must prepare for this inevitability. With your support, KarmaFlights can continue to build resilience into communities, helping avoid great loss of life and suffering in the future.
Directly following the earthquake, KarmaFlights constructed seven temporary learning centers to enable children to quickly get back to a sense of normalcy and resume their classes. Gradually, these temporary learning centers are being converted into earthquake-proof permanent school constructions. The first three permanent primary schools are currently nearing completion, with a fourth in the government approval process pipeline that will serve the needs of over 1200 students. These schools have been constructed with the support of our official partners GoPro, Stern Magazine, Laura&Lorenz Reibling Family Foundation, Ozone Paragliders and The Cloudbase Foundation. We are proud to have earned the support of these donors through our long history of ethical and efficient humanitarian work in Nepal. With their support, we have committed to carry out six more permanent construction projects, with an eventual goal, funding permitting, of twenty schools. KarmaFlights has a proven ability of working in remote villages, having developed long-term trusted relationships with and commitments to these under-served communities. Our team has developed the skill sets required to completely the technically and logistically challenging work needed for construction work in the most hard-to-access villages.
One School, One Library Project
Our mission was to provide 29 libraries for school and community use in the earthquake-impacted region of Gorkha. Twenty of these libraries are located in the villages of Saurapani and Swara. One is located in the epicenter village of Mandre. One is located in Laprak, probably the hardest-hit community of all. These libraries are connected with one high-school, four secondary schools, one lower secondary school and sixteen primary schools. Completion of all libraries occurred at the end of 2017.
These libraries provide access to books that are outside the standard curriculum to inspire children to pursue their education and develop global awareness. The library is community owned and run, and provides a central meeting area for social interaction and the exchange of ideas.
Following the success of the first 29 libraries, Karma Flights has committed to continue supporting libraries in rural Nepal. Would you or your organization like to have a library dedicated in your honor? A donation of $1500 will cover the costs of supporting a primary school library, while $2000 will cover the cost of supporting a secondary school library. This includes a dedicated stone plaque with you or your organization’s name on the library, showing your commitment to the children of Nepal.
KarmaFlights would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of our partners, especially Education For Life (Norway) and My Book Buddy Project (The Netherlands) for making this project possible.
Solar Powered Computer Lab
In 2015, KarmaFlights partnered with Microsoft & Orphans to Ambassadors to construct a solar-powered computer-lab (SPCL) in the rural village of Arnakot Deurali. This fully off-the-grid pilot-project was met with resounding community support and has inspired KarmaFlights to commit to a minimum of five more SPCLs in rural areas of Nepal. Each lab has a dedicated computer teacher who has been trained in the care, maintenance and use of the PCs. This creates a valuable skilled-job income for a member of each remote community.
As the first of its kind in the region, our pilot SPCL helps students learn essential computer science skills and provides them access to the Internet. The 16 batteries, 24 solar panels and 6 computers used in the project were transported to Arnakot Deurali from Kathmandu, where they were assembled and installed, to power the school's newest facility.
Following the success of the Arnakot computer lab, KarmaFlights has also built three computer labs in Gorkha and one more in Arnakot, including one lab that is solar-powered. We are excited to have signed an MOU with EduTech Nepal Foundation for establishing 10 more computer labs over the next 5 years.
All students in Nepal have to complete a computer course as part of their curriculum before sitting their school-leaving-exam. Until now, students in rural areas have been forced to learn about computers from books, having often never seen one in person. Access to computers allows children to train for skilled jobs, gives them access to critical medical and professional advice and helps them connect with the wider world socially and scholastically.