School’s 28th anniversary and parents day

On the 3rd March the Aandhimul school celebrated its 28th anniversary and also parents day. The parents participation was remarkable. Our project manager Bikram says it shows their concerns and commitment towards school.

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On this Occassion Ram Bahadur Gurung, candidate for the constituent assemble election 2023 was the chief guest. Resource person from the District Education Office, Durga Bahadur Ale; Surya Bahadur Bhujel, president of Bhujel social welfare committee and Bikram, our project manager were special guests. Headteachers from neighbouring schools, former teachers of the school and social workers were invited. The schools teacher Nirmala Poudel gave a welcome speech. As a member of the Bhujel community Kisan (an ex-project teacher) addressed the gathering. He spoke that Aandhimul Project has played a crucial role in the development of school as well as community. Headteacher, Rameshower, presented an annual programme of the school.

On the basis of attendance, Nira Bhujel and Manoj Bhujel received prize as most regular girl and boy in school. Teacher Sarita Shrestha rewarded as most motivated teacher. Ward civil society forum representative Dhruba Lamichhane informed that the Bandipur Municipality has allocated some budget to our school for this fiscal year 2072/2073 (2016/2017).

Then the school management committee chairperson Harischandra Bhujel offered a token of love to the resource person. It was a bamboo photo frame with Goddess Saraswoti. In addition, past chairperson of the SMC, Resham Bhujel, was honoured for his contribution to the school.

Addressing the gathering Bikram spoke on behalf of the Aandhimul Project. He explained the projects help for the earthquake victims, providing salary to 3 teachers, school caretaker, litter officer, khaja (school lunch) and school materials monthly. He conveyed the message of hello and thank you from project members to the community and also about the financial aid to help build the new nursery building.

Every speaker after Bikram praised the projects attempts in their speech and expressed their thanks to the project members. Resource person, Durga Bahadur Ale, told that they are so impressed from the school’s progress, that the District Education Office has decided to provide two lakhs and fifty thousand rupees (NRP 2,50,000.00) to our school in this year. This money can be used according to SMC decisions.

 

Teacher training and immunisations

On 26 and 27 February project teachers, Pampha and Kamala Gurung went to Seto Gurans Nursery in Bandipur to take part in a two day workshop.

Pampha and Kamala at work shop in seto Gurans in Bandipur

In school teachers and students themselves have been dubbing the classrooms. This is a traditional method of repairing the clay floors and walls of houses and buildings, with the use of water to soften the surfaces.

teachers dubbing classroom

On 28 February two project teachers, Pampha and Sarita and some mothers, took their kids for immunisations of rubella, polio and measles. Bikram and the teachers took 14 children from school and some other mothers took their children themselves. After the immunisations Bikram treated the children with some biscuits.

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kid taking measles  vaccine

kid taking polio

On 3rd March the school will be having its anniversary day, with lots of celebrations. We are really looking forward to seeing the pictures!

In the classrooms

Bikram visited the school yesterday and observed classes being taught by all the teachers.

Kamala was teaching maths in class 2 by using cards ( number, words and picture ) which she prepared during teacher training in Bandipur.

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Sarita was teaching English in class 3. The topic was ” Animal Habitats “. Bikram found that she was having trouble to pronounce some words appropriately like shade, cylindrical, wind, hares, hive and kennel. So after she had taught the class, Bikram and Sarita sat in the office and Bikram helped her to pronounce correctly. He also advised her to use the English dictionary they have in school to help her to pronounce words correctly.

Bikram in class 1 (2)

In class 1 Rexsona Dhakal was teaching maths. The students were learning numbers. Bikram asked the students if they could spell numbers 1 to 10 in English and then he wrote the on the whiteboard next to the Nepali.

Bikram in class 1 (1)

Bikram also met with Ram Maya Bhujel, our new litter officer, and discussed and showed her about her duty. And below is a nice picture of the children enjoying play time.

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Parents meeting at school

There was a parent meeting on 15 February at school. All the school management committee members, all the teacher staffs, all the parent teacher association members and 50 parents were present at meeting. Most of the parents who attended were the mothers/carers. They had a good discussion on each agenda.

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Headteacher Rameshwor presented the agenda to be discussed. The parent meeting endorsed the following agendas:

  1. the school anniversary will be organised on 3 March.
  2. to fix the electricity at school.
  3. to bring a computer to the school and appoint a computer teacher.
  4. to collect NRP 100 from each parent for the salary of the computer teacher.
  5. to nominate Banu Bhujel from Pari Gaon in place of Dil Maya Bhujel and Ram Bahadur Bhujel as new members of the School Management Committee.
  6. to appoint Ram Maya bhujel ( Kumar’s (the caretaker) wife ) for the post of litter officer in place of Ran Bahadur Bhujel.
  7. to start student admission champion immediately after yearly exam result.

staff meeting

After the parent meeting Bikram and the school held a separate staff meeting. All the project staff expressed their willingness to continue their job for next school year. They hope that there will be around 100 children studying in the school by the new session. Therefore they will need more bowls, glasses and spoons for the school lunch (khaja). They will also need some more learning materials and educational/fun games.

In light of this increase the project will need to increase the money provided for both khaja and school materials, possibly as much as 50% to what it is currently. The project staff are also hoping a reasonable increment in their salary.

Bikram met with Urmila’s (a student being supported by one of our donors) mother, Junki Bhujel, and gave her NRP 400.00 for the month of Magh to support with Urmila’s schooling costs. Until now (this current academic year), Bikram has given Urmila and her family NRp 4000.00.

Pampha and Kamala (project teachers) will join training that is organised by Seto Gurans in Bandipur on 26 and 27 February.

There is an immunisation programme for Rubela, measels and polio to be held on 28 February at Jaldevi Primary School, Kalchok nearby Thumka, for children from 9 months to 5 years. So they will take all the school children there for their immunisations.

It is confirmed that the project will need to contribute NRP 348,914.00 as 70 percent of total cost to construct the new nursery building.

The local government, the Bandipur municipality, have given money to cover for new desks and benches for the new Class 5.

One of the villagers whose house is being rebuilt/repaired, Junkiri Bhujel, is taking medicine regularly to help recover from TB. She also took part in the parent meeting yesterday.

Ram Maya Bhujel (the new Litter Officer) has been made clear about her duty.

Project update: school plans, school life and visitor from Spain

On 5 February, there was a joint meeting between the School Management Committee and some influential person from community, at school. In that meeting the Headteacher presented the income and expenditure of the Bhailo Programme. The total income was NRP 103,954 and expenditure was NRP 39,000. A total profit of NRP 64,954.

Joint meeting

That meeting decided to call a parent meeting on the 10 February. Also, the school’s anniversary will be celebrated on 3 March. In that meeting Bikram also discussed on School Programme for new Academic Session. By the new session they will start Class 5. The Project will contribute towards the build of the new classroom, alongside the profit from the Bhailo Programme and help from Bandipur Municipality. The school will also need 10 sets of desks and benches for Class 5.

Dancing and singing Prog. at firday

School Class are running smoothly. All the teacher’s are regular they are benefited from Training they have made an using materials which they have learned from Training .Student achievement level is increasing and all the student are happy at school.

Drawing class at class 2Materials prepared by Teachers

Junkari Bhujel to whom project promise to help to rebuild her house has been suffering from tuberculosis for the past 2 months and is taking medicine regularly, that is why she is delaying rebuilding work. Bikram requested her come to Bandipur Hospital for treatment and he promised to help her.

Below are also pictures from the last health camp held a few weeks ago.

Mangali Bhujel and her Relative in Health Camp Mangali Bhujel in Health Camp

Our litter officer Rana Bahadur Bhujel is sick so he can no longer continue in his job. He has been thanked for his hard work and helping keep the community clean. The community, alongside Bikram, will appoint a new litter officer by 10 February, the Parent Meeting.

On 7 February, one Spanish traveller visited our School and she is planning to do some volunteer work in future with the school.

School Staff with Spainish visitor at school

Quake Quilts update

Please see below a message from Tony who set up Quake Quilts:

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We had a great day yesterday delivering AAndhimul Quake-Quilts up in the middle hills to Chepang People

It was essentially the same area as two weeks before. . . . however this time villagers trekked down to our distribution point (5hrs in some cases) and this was more heart-wrenching for these people clearly had so so little – aka even less. We had been asked specifically to return for this very purpose – and to ensure no more and no less than 162 quilts as this was the number of Chepang couples/families and it would be a bad idea to mess with this clear-cut ‘entitlement’ qualification.

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I also expect we shall be putting together a short power-point presentation (now available QQ Aandhimul PPP Feb16.pptx (11mb)) which should tell a lot. Further to which yesterday’s sortie was a great photo opportunity; The Aandhimul logo featuring worthy and prominent.

With best wishes and high-fives of solidarity

Tony

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Teacher Training Camp in Bandipur

Last week, from 17 January to 23 January, there was winter holiday in the school. All the five female teachers took part in a 2 day teacher training camp held on 17 and 18 January in Bandipur. This time the training was focus on teaching Nepali. Some of the villagers came to free health camp.

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Teacher Training 2 (2) Teachers  with Material

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

On 21 December the school published second term results. And the School Management Committee discussed the learning achievement of the students. Class 2 and 3 students are doing good. Some students of class 1 and 4 are weak.

The proposed teachers training was postponed and is rearranged for the 17 and 18 January.

Nepal Orthopaedics Hospital, Kathmandu, is going to organise a 2 day free health camp in Bandipur hospital. Bikram has conveyed this message to the villagers and teachers and requested them to take advantage of this opportunity.

Total cost of nursery building is NRP 498,452.00 school is ready to share NRP 149536.00 and the project will contribute NRP 348,914.00. The School has started to provide a different khaja twice a week.

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Bikram has bought some new school material for the school. And below is a photo of Raj Kumar Bhujel’s house.

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Quake Quilts and the Chepang People

Angela still had some money left from the quake pot and as a team we had decided to donate AUD$3000 to Quake Quilts. Some info below.

The key to ‘QuakeQuilts‘, says chief co-ordinator Pashupati Timilsina, is the simplicity. Here are Nepali-produced thick blankets made and distributed with speed and total cost-effectiveness to reach those in dire straights from this winter’s zero temperatures.  Each excellent quilt costs as little as Rs700 plus transport costs. And every quilt will be good not just for this winter but for winters to come. There are many sensible and effective aspects to this mission but the simplicity is what makes it so practical and sustainable.  And in return, says Timilsina, we have the thanks is written on the faces of every family.

So many people are generous by nature and yet it’s not always easy to know how best to help others, for the truly needy often seem distant from our everyday lives – even if actually they are ever-present.  Well ‘QuakeQuilts‘ is one answer.  For Rs700 per quilt a poor family can be saved from the worst of this winter’s bitter cold. . . . and too for many winters to come.  These traditional Nepali-made thick quilted blankets are purpose-made (70X90 inches) and are reaching quake-shattered communities where they are desperately needed.

Quake-Quilts: Loading up in Pokhara for distribution to distant villages where winter conditions are adding to the plight of the needy.

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A team from ‘Quake-Quilts’ distributing thick blankets and other winter supplies. The program will continue through January.

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Distributing ‘Quake-Quilts’ in Darding District ‘the smiles of thanks make it all worthwhile’ says Pashupati Timilsina.

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Pashupati Timilsina of ‘Quake-Quilts’ with team members Gaumaya Pun & Tara Prasad Gautam

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‘Quake-Quilts’ program distribution

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Thank you Highgate Primary School, Adelaide

With great thanks to Angela’s local primary school in Adelaide, Australia – Highgate Primary School – which has been a long term supporter of the Aandhimul school.  The children from year 4 have just raised $300AUD – approximately 22,000NRp. It has decided that this money will go towards improving the Khaja (school lunch) for the ever increasing student numbers, and also to help towards new stationary and classroom equipment.