Support Successful Learning
"Could you come and look at our school? A couple of hours ago, a big wind ripped the roof off our Early Childhood Center. We will need some help to repair it."
-Phone call from principal of Jalpa School to Nepali VIN/PiSL Coordinator
Over the past four years, we have worked hard to provide a safe, dry and engaging place for teachers to teach and children to learn. We have renovated 11 classrooms, built a new earthquake resistant classroom, provided 102 locally-constructed, child-friendly tables, and 38 cubbies/storage cabinets. We have provided simple mats to cover the cold,concrete floors. We have plastered interior walls and painted them white to brighten up the space. Each classroom has a copy of the PiSL Early Childhood Curriculum and the instructional materials needed to implement the activities. Several classrooms have beautiful murals painted by international volunteers from our partner nonprofit organization, VIN. It has been wonderful to watch these Early Childhood Centers grow and mature!
However, the environment in rural Nepal is extremely harsh. In dry season it is unbelievably dusty, and in rainy season, it is incredibly muddy. The classrooms get very dirty and are hard to clean (there is no electricity so vacuums do not work). The instructional materials are well used and wear out with time and use. Constant storms during rainy season can make the rooms and materials damp. A huge windstorm this spring the roof blew off the building that housed the Early Childhood Center. New beams and tin roofing had to be purchased to repair it.
So in 2017, we have decided to utilize donations to be sure that the 38 existing Early Childhood Centers receive the necessary on-going maintenance, repairs and materials replacement that is needed. The 10 Centers that were created in 2013 will be first on the list. These Centers will need some new instructional materials. They also will receive a larger storage cabinet as their first one has not been large enough. We would like to get better floor coverings for each Center that are durable and able to be easily cleaned. Some Centers will need a new coat of whitewash. We have had volunteers paint murals in several classrooms and hope to get more murals completed this year. All Centers need continued replacements for hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, combs and washcloths. Lastly, teachers require on-going training and coaching to stay effective and successful with their young students.