Mahadevsthaha School is nestled far from any accessible town in the hills of Dhading. Three years ago, before the earthquake there was no road to the village, but in the last year or so a path has been cut into the hills and bricks arrived for the construction of the new school building. In June 2015 Moving Mountain Nepal made their first donation, walking from a nearby village with volunteers carrying the rice sacks full of school bags to the children.
The journey from Kathmandu is less than 100km, but takes 6 hours, the last three along unpaved gravel and schist.
Little has changed since then, apart from the new road. The community lives much as they did then on a subsistence level with farming as their primary occupation. A local stream flows through the settlement, providing power for a water mill (Pani Ghatta) where a circular stone constantly grinds rice and corn into flour. We saw only young mothers, children and old people as most young adults migrate to Kathmandu or seek work abroad.
Here the children suffer from malnutrition and parasites; their scalps with thinning hair are covered in head lice and eggs. Their bodies and clothes are unwashed. The new school building is not yet complete, but soon these children will have a safe and well lit place to study.
Moving Mountain Nepal team were warmly welcomed by the community, honoured with colourful garlands of flowers from the local environment, vermillion power 'tika' on our foreheads and given a meal of puffed rice and fried chicken with a warm drink of a local berry juice.