Our 4th School building is in Hansigaun, Surkhet.
The official handover in the presence of the school committee and teachers with the school set to open on the January 1st has had to be postponed because of a positive test for Covid-19. The school will remain closed for a further two weeks. GMIN who built this, their 44th school, have done a sterling job.
My thanks go to Peter and Rosy Gent who donated £6,250 including gift aid and to 9 fantastic guys – Jatinder Dosanjh, Tim Young, Balaji Seevaram, Sanjay Kits Sharma, Rick M, Vivek Narasimhan, Raghava Lingegowda, Kumaran Chandrababu and Velraj Huppusamy, who all came together in October 2019 to trek to Everest base camp and raised £6,035 for our projects. Thus, we felt a fitting name for the school would be to reflect the guys’ trek to Everest Base Camp. ‘In memory of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary, the first to climb Everest in May 1953.
The school cost £10,000 to build which includes £1,500 for fitting out each classroom with tables, carpet and white boards.
With the pandemic causing lockdowns over many months, plus the monsoon, the building of this school was delayed for most of last year, with building finally started in October. Now, finally completed it will be a great asset for the school and the children.
The original school building was built 32 years ago with very low ceilings, small windows offering hardly any light and without proper foundations. This was deemed unsafe for the children and demolished and the new building moved further back to allow for a large recreational space to be created in front of it.
The school has 244 students and runs classes from nursery through to grade 8.
Our 5th school with GMIN is in the throes of being completed by the end of February 2021.
Watch this space!