Building work on the first school block was started in 2010 and the first pupils started school in the autumn of 2011. The building of the school was all done by local workmen and was somewhat sporadic as workers needed to tend their own gardens in planting/harvesting seasons. In addition, heavy rains have at times held up the work for weeks.
However, the work did gradually get done and a new building was constructed each year. This resulted in 3 classroom blocks and 1 teachers' house completed in 2015.
The school is in a very remote area and getting building materials into these hills is a real challenge. The muddy roads are strewn with boulders and full of gullies.
The school (at the bottom of the photo) is at an altitude of 1200 metres and the surrounding mountains are at 2600 metres.
There are desks for the pupils in each classroom (with different heights for varying child sizes) as well as a desk for each teacher.
A blackboard has been installed in each classroom.
There is a water tap on the property but no electricity. The buildings were designed with 6 windows each to ensure plenty of natural light in the classrooms.
The teacher’s house has an outdoor kitchen and there are 4 pit latrines on the property. Trees have been planted around the school property.
As of summer 2019 there were 200 pupils at the school. The distribution of boys and girls is roughly equal. Due to the fact that many of the children have not been attending school earlier and are catching up, there is often a disparity of age in each class level and you might find a 15 year old in grade 5.
The children come from 6 nearby villages. At present there are 9 teachers at the school.
The local community has appointed a School Committee consisting of 10 members. All 6 headmen from the nearby villages attend the committee meetings as well.
The Committee has begun construction of a small administration building for the teachers to use.
The nearby hospital will also be able to use this building as an examination room for primary health care in the area.
I think that we can confidently say that the money which has been donated has been well spent. We have had the good fortune to work with industrious and motivated people.