The first phase of the Jaladevi school renovation scheme has now been completed. Jaladevi primary (previously called Shanti Srijana School) now has running water, a water storage system for the dry season, and four new toilets for girls, boys and teachers.
The Himalayan Learning team from the United Kingdom made a surprise visit to check the school in January. Initially greeted by the headmistress and school children, most of the local villagers were quick to gather at the school to celebrate the many changes supported by donors from around the world.
Four new concrete and stone toilets are now situated in the school, three for girls and boys, and one for the teachers and parents. They are the first toilets in the village.
There is now a water supply brought by pipe from a collector on the hill. The water pipe goes underground and in the dry season fills a set of tanks that supply water all day. The water system has a quite innovative method of pulling water.
Below is a photo of the new toilets and a short video showing the water system in action.
The second stage of creating a better school has now also begun. We previously decided to directly renovate the current buildings. Unfortunately however the cold weather through the winter have shown how poor the school is – one wall fell down!
Together we decided that it would be best to build new rather than fix, and thanks to the extra funds donated by you, Himalayan Learning offered to provide additional monies for the extra materials needed to completely rebuild. In January the new building began with local villagers digging out the foundations.