Rebuilding a future for Nepal’s quake-hit children
Kathmandu, Nepal – Nawalpur Secondary School, destroyed completely by the earthquake of 25 April 2015 in Sindhupalchowk district in north-eastern Nepal, got a new lease of life with reconstruction efforts now underway in the school.
The first foundation stone of the new school block was jointly laid by Tom Dillon, Senior Vice President-Forests and Freshwater of WWF US, Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal and Phurpa Tamang, Chairperson of the school management committee on 12 June 2016. Presently studying in temporary structures of the school, 460 children will soon have access to safe spaces for education once the reconstruction of the school is completed in September 2016.
The first foundation stone of Nawalpur Secondary School was laid by Tom Dillon, Senior Vice President-Forest & Freshwater of WWF US, on 12 June 2016. © WWF Nepal
“I am deeply moved by the resilience of the children and the local people for whom life continued despite the odds,” said Tom Dillon. “It is a matter of pride for me to be a part of their rebuilding efforts and their future, and it is the children and their education that will pave the way for both.”
WWF provided financial support of USD 70,000 for constructing two earthquake-resistant school blocks of the six destroyed by the earthquake. The funds were raised through voluntary contributions by WWF US staff members intended originally for the welfare of staff from the Nepal office during the initial trying times of the earthquake. Through internal consultations with the Nepal staff, it was decided to utilize the funds rather on local communities that were harder hit by the earthquake, and Nawalpur Secondary School in WWF Nepal’s project site was selected in the process.
Presently studying in temporary structures of the school, 460 children will soon have access to safe spaces for education once the reconstruction of the school is completed.© WWF Nepal
“When the earth shook, one thing that stood strong was the power of the human spirit,” said Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “Driven by hope and purpose, and supported by people and organizations from around the world, Nepal is indeed not alone in its journey of recovery and rebuilding.”
Besides the support provided to Nawalpur Secondary School, WWF Nepal was involved in some of the post-earthquake recovery work through emergency relief for local communities, antipoaching support and rebuilding of guard posts, and the development of a Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit and Rapid Environmental Assessments in order to help the government build back better and greener.