Last week we visited Hattiban again to see some children that we missed. Rajendra who helps monitor the children there asked me to visited another school up above the village. This is a government school that is quite old so the government gave $3000 three years ago to rebuild some of the school. As this was not nearly enough money the teachers cut back on their salary and money was collected from the village to help finish the project but again they could not raise enough. So the school sits partly finished, the new part is on top of the old as a second floor but there is no railing and as they are using some of the unfinished rooms it is a hazard to the children. One child has fallen off and broken an arm and he was lucky as it is a long drop down. New latrines also sit partly finished. Three years ago Beam Life Foundation, Nepal gave money for a library and they have done a good job with this and it is well maintained.
They explained to me that they are starting English medium classes now which means that they are adding English language to the curiculum. Their students are very poor children from the surrounding village but their aim is to make this a good school for them and they seemed very dedicated in their mission. We went back a few days later and sponsored one little girl here. Any new government sponsored children we will sponsor here as I liked the attitude of the board and their dedication. I told them that later we may be able to at least help with the railing and next year a little more hopefully.
|Second floor without railing|
|Second floor that has not been finished for three years but they use the rooms anyway out of necessity|