In 2015 a series of earthquakes devastated communities all over Nepal destroying well over 5000 schools.
Helping to lift the lives of the children from a devastated and impoverished environment must start somewhere and for us it was forming a partnership with the Australian Himalayan Foundation and focusing all our efforts on the rebuilding of the school at Garma. This school which also caters for special needs children is one of Nepal’s most remote and worst effected schools.
Our role was to develop a masterplan for the site, design and build a community hall, help raise funds, send personnel there and work in collaboration with other architects, engineers and the NGO REED.
At the end of 2018 it was a proud moment to complete these works and to see how the lives of 350 school children and 17 teachers have been transformed.
The community hall offers a safe haven for everyone in Garma, provides a revenue stream for the school and, has built resilience within the community because of new skills that have been acquired.
Our goal now is to build upon this success and use this unique school as a focal point for educational excellence in the region and in doing so, empower the young women of the area. We are now supporting the Australia Himalayan Foundation’s Teacher Training Quality Program and planning to take another group of volunteers to Garma next year to implement a 3-year leadership and mentoring program. In this way, we believe we can directly help girls move from farms to schools and encourage young women from schools into universities and lifelong careers.
We are also committed to supporting Two Good and Nourish. After 3 years we are starting to see the positive difference our contribution is making to homeless women that have fled domestic violence and are now living in shelters by keeping them healthy.