The six hour journey of 84km from the centre of Kathmandu took us through Bhaktapur on our third donation program of 2018 where we picked up our 2 volunteers from Unatti Home for Girls for the day's trip. We were accompanied by our auditor and accountant and this village is where they both were born and started their education. The school is nestled into a small village high in the hills, accessible by steep sandy roads with evidence of landslides and rebuilt sections where the earthquakes of 2015 had struck. Rows of hand made wire-framed cages filled with rocks shored up the loose sand in the village.
As the young children lined up for the donation program the bags are unpacked from the rice sacks and biscuits added before they are handed out. Most of these children only know the village and the walls of mountains surrounding them. They are shy with us: strangers to their village, but it doesn't take long to see the smiles on their faces when they get their bags!
The older students from the school stand on the terrace watching preparations of the donation program. The buildings are 9 years old and withstood the impact of the earthquake.
The children went mad when they got their bags - the classrooms were filled with a cacophony of squeals of delight as they stuffed their worn notebooks in beside all the new ones and took out the new pencils, erasers and colours.
Up here in the hills children play with whatever they find lying around. In a few years, these young boys will migrate to upper level schools in other parts of Nepal and some will even go on to university eduction. Moving Mountain Nepal hopes through our school bag donation program to encourage children like these to go on with their studies and be the driving force for change in the future of Nepal.