More from Ishu in Nepal:
The 7.9 temblor has not only killed thousands of people but damaged more than 5000 schools. It has been reported that a large proportion of both private and public schools have fully or partially destroyed. It appears that earthquake will have long-term consequences in Nepali education system. As a result of the earthquake, most of the state-run and private schools are closed until the immediate crisis is dealt with. Both the state-run and private schools have stopped running their classes as the buildings are not in a good shape for resumption. In addition, the houses in the affected villages have collapsed that resulted in burial of the children’s books and school uniforms. Children appear to be still seriously traumatized. It is highly likely that these children will develop anxiety and other psychological disorders.
April being the new academic session in Nepal, children had begun their new classes just for a month. However, now the school buildings have collapsed and the grounds have turned into shelters for earthquake victims.
Education Ministry of the country has urged schools to resume classes from 15 May. But, after the second earthquake, it has been now postponed to 30 May. Over one million children have been directly affected and some have even become separated from their families. At least 950,000 children will not be able to return to their schools unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces.
Thus, ICA Nepal in its response to the earthquake devastation, is working on the rebuild schools in remote
areas of Nepal. For this, ICA Nepal visited Tri Ratna School located at Bungamati, Lalitpur with some stationaries and food supplies and interacted with the Principal Mr. Madhukar Tuladhar regarding the school’s situation. Tri Ratna School’s building is completely damaged and currently they are running their classes in tents. They reported that basically they are focusing on children friendly education.
Several local organizations, agencies, friends, well-wishers and volunteers from national and international corners have come forward to join hands with ICA Nepal in its initiation to relief and rehabilitation works. ICA Nepal appreciates everyone for lending hands to rise Nepal again.
ICA Nepal Team visited Dr. Iwamura Memorial Hospital located in Bhaktapur and assess the situation. In pic, the new emergency department of hospital has been damaged by the earthquake (25 April)
We managed to send blankets and tarpaulin along with nutrella, salt, beaten rice, rice, noodles, daal and medicines to Gorkha district. These goods are needed to be carried as the affected areas do not have access to roads. We were preparing these materials while the second earthquake (aftershocks) hit Nepal.
In your desire to help victims and survivors of this awful disaster, you may donate through the Jean Houston Foundation to send a message to our colleagues in Nepal that we are with them in their time of need.