WHOEVER WANTS TO REBUILD A COUNTRY, MUST START FROM SCRATCH: WITH THE SMALLEST OF THE SMALL
For each and everyone in Nepal a new era began with the earthquake: there was the time before and the time after the earth was shaken to its core. Almost every Nepali has to mourn a loss, because the whole country was shaken, hit and changed – and this in the long run. For the children it means a heavy load on their small shoulders. Their childhood had not been happy even before the earthquake, as they grew up in an impoverished country. But adding to their poverty, they now had to face the terrible truth that half of their country was destroyed. That is why we focussed our attention on the children after we initiated our intensive emergency aid. For the destruction and serious damage of more than 30,000 classrooms deprived one million children of their hope of continuing their school education. So, after establishing the trauma training for children and providing tent schools, we therefore initiated the reconstruction of destroyed schools to give the youngest of the country the prospect on a self-determined life. To do so, we will expand our project areas and reconstruct more schools at different places.
In addition to the continuous care for the earthquake victims in our project areas, we are now planning to rebuild up to 7 destroyed school. Of course, this will not happen overnight – the monsoon season and governmental requirements concerning the construction of schools/buildings are delaying many projects. However, to keep the planning phase as short as possible, we are in close contact with the government agencies. At the same time, our project managers evaluate which communities need our support most urgently, because there are still many places that did not have the luck to get support from aid organizations. At those places we will start. Of course, our other running projects in Nepal will continue as well, because even the regions undamaged by the earthquake are extremely burdened and threaten to ‘bleed out’ as all the resources of the country are at their limits. That is why our help continuous – in Chitwan as well as in our second project area Mugu.