Providing new facilities and more
Tolka is a village of about 80 Nepali families living alongside trekkers finishing the Annapurna Circuit. It’s a poor community and its Shree Himalaya Secondary School had no library until Trek to Teach partnered with WINGS in 2016 and 2017. WINGS raised $5,300 for the build and TTT directed that money to gather materials and local laborers for the project. TTT volunteers and staff, the school’s teachers, and children from the child’s club helped complete all the arrangements for the library’s opening in May 2017. Guests from other TTT partner schools, ACAP representatives, and the school’s teachers, students, and students’ parents participated in the opening ceremony.
Completed: Ghandruk Drinking Fountain
Ghandruk is the largest village in the Annapurna area, with several thousand people and a medical centre. Its Shree Meshram Baraha Secondary School saw Trek to Teach’s first ever teacher in 2011. But it too is poor, and the school’s old drinking fountain had a single, decaying tap that splashed students’ ankles. To equip the school with clean drinking-water facilities, in June 2015 TTT raised $2,000, helped source labor and materials, and revealed the new fountain alongside school administrators and local leaders. The fountain’s five taps are fed by new, uncorroded pipes. We’re proud to contribute to our oldest partner school’s educational capacity and make students’ lives a little brighter.
Trek to Teach is currently raising funds for its infrastructure project in Chhomrong. Its Shree Dhaulashree Secondary School is in a state of disrepair, its play yard riddled with hazardous materials, its classrooms without paint. The classrooms’ doors shut only loosely, the window-holes let in chilly rains, and a derelict dormitory structure, incomplete and damaged by the monsoon, sits unfinished on school grounds. By December 2018, TTT will install 4 doors and 12 glass windows in the dormitory building, electrically wire the dormitory building, reapply paint to classroom interior walls, install 4 doors and 4 glass windows in the bathroom building, and clean the play yard of unsafe materials.
The government funds allotted for Kimche’s Shree Janapremi Lower Secondary School only covered its basic construction, and its classrooms are covered with a temporary flimsy tin roof. It lacks an entrance gate and fence around its play yard, putting students at risk of falling over a cliff. Its classrooms and nursery school lack basic furniture, and its nursery school also needs paint. By December 2018, TTT will construct a ceiling of wood and iron rods over the classrooms, and build an entrance gate and fence for the school grounds. TTT will also install windows, doors, carpets, and cushions in the nursery school, paint the nursery school’s interior, and install round tables, book racks, and whiteboards in the classrooms.