February 11th, 2019
Moving Mountain Nepal started our 2019 donation program in Dhading. We joined the volunteers from Unatti Foundation outside Boudha gate in Kathmandu around 7:30 am, and headed out to Kalanki to join the road to Dhading.
The last time we donated here, the last three kilometers were on foot, with members of the community meeting us where the road finished, helping to carry the bags across the rice fields and up the mountain to the school. We stopped at a small shop for lunch - rice, dhal, chicken and pickle The new road is not complete, nor is it much of a road carved into the hill, but our vehicle managed to get all the way up to the school in 4.5 hours by noon.
The new two storey school building, constructed after the earthquake had not yet been occupied, and the rooms were without furniture or frames on the windows. It will be some time before the community can afford to complete the project.
Moving Mountain Nepal has donated more than 4000 school bags to over 35 schools since the earthquakes of 2015, and still the excitement of the kids and pride in their new bags is inspiring.
Out of these 35 schools, MMN has selected 8 of the most needy communities to support annually with bags for the new students, sanitary pads for older girls and an interior decorating and mural painting program to brighten up the learning environment.
St. Valentine’s Day - Feb 14th, 2019
On February 14th, MMN travelled again to Dhading. It was more than 2 years since we had donated here. The whole community gets involved in these celebrations, honouring guests with fresh flower garlands harvested from the surrounding hills. Today they put on a dance program with songs written to celebrate the work Moving Mountain Nepal is doing to improve the educational lives of their children.
As the ceremonies concluded, young families could be seen taking the long treks up into the hills to their homes, running past bright yellow mustard fields and disappearing into the jungle.