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A School Saved From Landslide

One hundred and forty students attend Shree Prabhat Basic School in Madi Rural Municipality, Kaski. This school is one of the thirty-two partner schools of GNI Nepal in Kaski District.  Sixty-three students of this school are currently, sponsored by GNI Nepal for receiving quality education. The school has two main buildings: one is old, while the other was constructed last year.

The new building was planned to house grade one and two along with an early childhood education and development (ECED) classroom supported by GNI Nepal. Having brand new rooms meant smooth running of the classes. Unfortunately, with the onset of monsoon in 2016, the land in-front of the new school building started to slide down. This part of Kaski District receives heavy rainfall compared to other parts of the country and the building and the toilets were on the verge of being swept away. The entire monsoon, mudslide continued.

Safe surroundings—that do not cause anxiety or fear— are central in providing education to children. Sadly, the students at Prabhat Basic School were at a serious risk of meeting with a disaster. Parents were reluctant to send their children school and teachers were also not happy to take classes in such a perilous situation.

To prevent the rains from causing further damage and restore a fearless environment at the School, the school management committee, parents-teachers association and parents decided to construct a retaining wall.

The School obtained forty gabion boxes from District Soil Conservation Office Kaski. However, the School, did not have the financial means for hiring laborers. As monsoon was quickly approaching, prompt action was imperative. The school management committee made this problem known to GNI Nepal and NRs. 120,000 was provided to the school.

The retaining wall was constructed two months before the monsoon began. Now, the school is safe from landslide and the students attend classes in a disaster-risk free environment.

      

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