Nubri school was rebuilt after the earthquake in 2015
The trail to Nubri school is rough and stony, hot and steep in places. It is a spectacular journey along the Budhi Gandaki river gorge and leads to the remote Nubri valley. We need to walk for four and a half days to reach the village of Ghap and there we reconnect with the children and their teachers. This story goes back to 2007 and a chance meeting with Nyima lama. At that time there was no education at all available in Nubri and no school or resources to build one. The lack of education wasted the talents of the children, who could only work in the fields. Everyone in the valley was depressed and worried that development would never come.
Nyima had a different vision; he was educated in Kathmandu and knew that education opens up understanding of the world outside and gives people opportunities to explore new ideas and for the community as a whole to become prosperous.
So started a journey of a different sort to find the funds to build a school and health post and to start an education for 25 children drawn from five surrounding villages.
The school opened its doors in 2011 and over the next four years the number of children increased to 55. The first ones went on to secondary school at Arughat in the lower valley, and they are leading the way for the younger ones with very good test results. All went well until 2015.
The disastrous earthquake in April 2015, which destroyed so many villages in Nepal, also broke down the first school. The remnants had to be demolished but at least no children or staff were injured.
Since then Nyima has worked tirelessly to rebuild the school with the support of charities in Nepal and with our support from Scotland through Projectlama.
Last year we made the long walk to the school, for the sixth time, and met with the children and the community again.. It was heartwarming to see the excitement and enthusiasm in the school and healthpost. The new school has been built to a much higher standard of earthquake resistance and feels safe and welcoming.
The school is a government school but the education department has limited funds and cannot cover the cost of all the children who need educating. That is where we come in to fill the gap until local resources can feed, clothe and teach all the children in the valley.
The school now accommodates 90 children but has funds for 55.
We need to raise £3000 to cover the gap for 2019/2020.