The most recent trip to the NSP villages in the Kavre District was very uplifting. The main objectives this year were to:
- commence the building of a new school using the earthquake resistant technology of gabion banding.
- review the new latrines that had been constructed over the last year
- visit the new water installations
- deliver clothing the t village children.
We were in Nepal for 18 days, 7 of which were in the villages. The remaining time was spent in planning sessions with our local people and purchasing materials for the building of the school in the village of Thulo Baspur.
The group consisted of Fran Lloyd, Executive Director of NSP, Davie Jackson (Vice chair SP) , Judy McIntryre and Rovert Raffin, both donors and fundraisers from Edmonton. Randolph Langenbach, the inventor of gabion banding and John Vavruska, the builder of the first school in Nepal using gabion banding also joined us in Nepal. The Nepal School Projects members in Nepal – Rakam, Babulal, Kinsang and Sanchaman accompanied the group. Suraj (my lifeline translated for us and one of our locally sponsored students acted as a translator on the trip to the villages when we divided into two groups. Keshev’s English and translating abilities were amazing. One group remained in the village to supervise the training of the local masons in gabion banding methods, the other group transported the clothing to the local school children and visited the new latrine and water installations. One of the water projects brought water 6000 metres and serviced 68 families. The villagers were very appreciative of all that we had accomplished over the last year.
But none of this would be possible without the continuing support from our lowly donors. NSP welcomes a new fundraising group, Foress Sandal manor, a private elementary school in England. The students there were able to raise money through a bake sale and Christmas concert. View the video on the website. Thanks to Judy Cochand and her staff and students for a huge effort. And…..thank you so much for each of your contributions over the last year. NSP will continue to move forward and look forward to being able to report further progress in 1017.
We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Nepal School Projects