Renovate and Furnish Classrooms
"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 three new earthquake resistant classrooms, provided 114 locally-constructed, child-friendly tables, and 42 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). 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 decided to utilize donations to be sure that the 38 existing Early Childhood Centers received the necessary on-going maintenance and repairs that is needed. The 10 Centers that were created in 2013 were first on the list. They also will received a larger storage cabinet as their first one was not large enough. Our VIN Coordinator in Okhaldhunga regularly distributes rugs for the floors in each classroom. Several Centers got a new coat of whitewash inside. A number of VIN volunteers have painted murals in several classrooms and we hope to get more murals painted over the years.