Not far from Kathmandu, in the hills to the north of Gokarnishwor, lies Shree Tarevire Primary School. The building is new, built by a local NGO, but the building isn't complete as the funds ran out. A tin roof, concrete walls and only partly shielded from the weather, the children have a place to study. They walk several kilometres up and down the hills every day - and before Moving Mountain Nepal's donation they carried their books in their hands.
Its hard to imagine that so close to the city, children live in such poverty, not very different from the schools we have donated to in other far off districts affected by earthquake.
The roads up to the village are steep and rough; fine sand and schist with hairpin bends muddy with water where the streams trickle down to the valley.
This was Moving Mountain Nepal's last donation day of the season. The final consignment of school bags were carried up to the school and the children gathered in one of the two classrooms to receive their bags.
It has been a wonderfully rewarding year for Moving Mountain Nepal, with donations coming from our supporters around the world. As we soon mark the third anniversary of our donations that started in 2015 after the earthquakes of April 25 and May 12 devastated much of the country, we want to thank everyone who has contributed in donations, volunteering, bag making, copy book printing and our amazing drivers who manage to traverse the roughest roads in all conditions to make our donations possible.
As we head into our third year of donations, I think back to the idea that Rewati Gurung had after we returned from a food relief program in May 2015. Having seen the children traumatised by the loss of parents and family members, and their schools destroyed, she had the idea that what the children needed to understand was that no matter what happens in life, their education is important. By providing school bags for the children affected by the earthquakes, she felt that owning something like the bag full of everything they need to study would provide an incentive and give them a sense of pride in their studies.
On each donation I have seen the looks on the faces of the children when they open their bags and the attention and care with which they examine each and every pencil and notebook is amazing.
The school bag is a tiny support for children in such need, but somehow the feeling is big.
During the earthquakes of 2015, Rewati Gurung began by taking tea to two hospitals in her community. The Tea to Hospitals program provided 1500 cups of tea and boiled eggs twice a day to the staff and patients for several weeks after the quakes. Rajan, pictured below, was with us from the beginning. A fine cook, a great support, he travelled with us on many of our school bag donations after the Tea to Hospitals initiative ended.
In the summer of 2015 he left to work in Dubai, and today, having returned to Kathmandu to work again in Nepal he joined Moving Mountain Nepal for our donation. His years away from Nepal as a migrant worker in a hotel, gave him the resolve to return home and do something here. It is great to have him back.
Gary Wornell, March 28, 2018