Education

During the multiple earthquakes in April 2015 in Nepal, numerous structures collapsed in the whole country. The Koselee Children Center in Sindhuli, which used to accommodate about 30 children, fortunately all safe, also became unusable and the children had to live under tents or in structures offered to them temporarily. The center is located in Sindhuli district, on the road to the highest mountain peaks in the world. In the rural areas, parents cannot send their children to school and the latter must look after the cattle or work in this context of extreme poverty.  School education is a priority even if the government alone cannot face issues such as the lack of competent school staff, the low quality of the teaching and the difficult access to education. Moreover, within the school system it is necessary to face social injustices (in terms of sex, castes and income classes) which must be deleted, but the lack of resources is big and the problems at hand make it difficult to guarantee education for all the children.

In order to face those weaknesses, many organizations are taking responsibility for the educational needs of the poorest children creating schools that can ensure them an education.

A month after the earthquake, Himali Sanskritik Sanrakshyan Association started working to find a solution, which is to have its own facility to accommodate children and carry out school activities. After finding a land in Sindhuli district, it was purchased and a three-floor Bording School was built. The structure is fully active now and can host 30 children, from 3 to 10 years.

The children who live in the centre are offered board and lodging, basic health care and school supplies needed, together with the opportunity to get an education. A group of 15 orphan children live in the structure the whole year while 15 other children, who live with their own families, stay in the structure only during the monsoon. This distinction is due to the dispositions imposed by the villages of the area scattered on the river banks and to the lack of a connection bridge. In fact, the group of children who live with their relatives must cross the river every day to reach the school, which is almost impossible and dangerous during the rainy season because of the increase in water volume. For this reason, those children are allowed to live in the centre during the monsoon.