Rebuilding Education In Nepal

The April 2015 earthquake destroyed 90% of the schools, in the epicentre region of Gorkha district. That amounts to over 500 schools, that urgently need to be rebuilt. KarmaFlights immediate missive, is to help communities back on their feet, 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 to ensure 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, from that safe space.

The Himalayan region is the most seismically active 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.

School Construction

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. Currently nearing completion are our first three permanent primary schools, with a fourth in the government approval process pipeline, serving 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 six more permanent construction projects, with an eventual goal, funding permitting, of twenty schools. KarmaFlights core competence, is in its ability to work in remote villages; having developed long-term trusted relationships with and commitments to these under-served communities. KarmaFlights team has developed the skill sets required to efficiently complete the technically and logistically challenging work involved with project management of construction objectives, in the most hard-to-access villages.

One School, One Library Project

Our mission is to provide 22 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, is slated to be by the end-of-2017.

These libraries provide access to books that are outside the standard curriculum, to inspire children further in their education and global awareness. The library is community owned and run and provides a central meeting area or social interaction and exchange of ideas.

We expect a budget for all 22 school libraries to be $25,000-30,000USD. Would you or your organization like to have a library dedicated in your honor? A donation of $1365 includes a dedicated stone plaque with you or your organization’s name on the library, showing your commitment to the children of Nepal.

Solar Powered Computer Lab

KarmaFlights, in partnership with Microsoft & Orphans to Ambassadors, constructed a solar-powered computer-lab (SPCL), in 2015 in the rural village of Arnakot Deurali. This fully off-the-grid pilot-project, met with resounding community support and enthusiasm 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 on 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 of that project, were transported to Arnakot Deurali from Kathmandu, where they were assembled and installed, to power the school's newest facility.

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.

Would you like a glimpse into what it takes to bring solar-powered computer connectivity to rural Nepal? Take a look at our process in Arnakot Deurali

Would you or your organization like to help another rural community get connected? A turn-key sustainable-energy computer lab, including five-year salary for a lab assistant, costs $20,000.