Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V.

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Project trip in autumn 2016

Inaugruation of the new water supply well at the Midpoit Hospital in Nawalparasi by Manfred Lindner
Inaugruation of the new water supply well at the Midpoit Hospital in Nawalparasi by Manfred Lindner
Inspection of the repair work in Sanusiruwari accompanied by the architect Mr Sapkota; work is due to be finished in spring 2017
Inspection of the repair work in Sanusiruwari accompanied by the architect Mr Sapkota; work is due to be finished in spring 2017
Repair work in Kadambas, work is due to be finished in spring 2017
Repair work in Kadambas, work is due to be finished in spring 2017
School in Sukuthe after its new exterior painting and its main repair work are completed. Inaugutation planned in February 2017
School in Sukuthe after its new exterior painting and its main repair work are completed. Inaugutation planned in February 2017
The first classes have moved into the new school building in Sangachok.
The first classes have moved into the new school building in Sangachok.

Claudia Thumann, Roman Meier and Manfred Lindner spent seven respectively sixteen days in Nepal at the beginning of November 2016 to find out if everything is going on well. They inspected the repair work going on at the children’s home and the rehabilitation of the many schools after the disastrous earthquake. The three of them also travelled to the south of Nepal, to Nawalparasi, where the Midpoint Hospital is situated, whose renovation has generously financially been supported by NHB. 

This visit which stood at the beginning of their journey was a very pleasant one, as the hospital made a very clean impression and the medical devices like x-ray, supersonic and blood test instruments were in perfect condition and frequently used. The front yard of the hospital has been newly landscaped and partly transformed into a park which can be used not only by patients but also by the local population. 

One of the highlights was the official brining into service of the new well which was drilled into a depth of 80 metres with financial support of NHB. The well serves not only for watering the new park area but also gaining drinking water in combination with a filter system.

Caused by an increasing number of patients – due to the meanwhile high standard and good reputation of the hospital – the need of extending the clinic is obvious. In line with this demand the hospital committee handed over a correspondent proposition to the vice president, Manfred Lindner.

However the main focus of their inspection tour lay on the district of Sindhupalchok, where six of the 26 NHB-schools were completely destroyed and another ten suffered enormous damages by the earthquake, which leads to complex and expensive rehabilitation measures.

Thumann, Meier and Lindner were positively surprised by the progress of the school building in Sangachok, as its twelve classrooms were already finished although it had been only a concrete casing a year before. In October 2016, 450 boys and girls could move from the provisional solution of bamboo and Nissen huts into a proper school building. Only grade 10-12 will have to learn in those provisional classrooms for another year as their new school building will be finished by next year. 

One of the big schools in Sanusiruwari is being renovated at the moment, fortifying all 24 pillars of the building as well as all four foundation corners according to governmental standard. An architecture firm commissioned by NHB is supervising the construction progress just as it does with all the other buildings. During a meeting on-site with the leading architect Sanjay Sapkota, the NHB-team could satisfy themselves of the good realizations of the plans. Nine further schools need to follow this same conception in their reconstruction. At the end of November 2016 five schools will be finished and the new building of the school in Thulosiruwari will be started.

The survey of the school in Chautara led to the finding that this building also needs a general rehabilitation with a new structural analysis. The annexed school for the blind had to be torn down at the beginning of 2016 and is being re-erected at the same place at the moment, however with a different building conception. Building the school including a boarding school is planned to be started at the end of 2016 as the blind boys and girls have been living in disastrous conditions since the earthquake. 

Another item of their travel agenda was the inauguration of a school building of the Mary Ward Sisters, who are neighbours to our Shaligram children’s home in Lhubu. There, a new school building was erected in 2015/16 which was funded by NHB. The three NHB-members opened the school in a ceremonial act together with the Mary Ward Sisters. This building had also been renovated after the earthquake before the four classrooms could finally be used now.

Of course, one of the most important tasks on their project trip was visiting Shaligram children’s home. During this one-day visit they interviewed staff members, as well as young adults who have left the children’s home. This year six former inhabitants came to this meeting to talk about their jobs, their university studies and their lives. 

At the moment the whole children’s home is being renovated after twenty years. Everything got a new paint – the exterior and interior walls, the window frames and doors. All rooms, as well as the water supply and solar energy plant were thoroughly inspected. During this stay Roman Meier, a trained electrician, exchanged damaged switches, electrical outlets and blubs that the building can shine brightly for its twentieth anniversary festivities at the end of December and that it is fit to house many future generations of children.

All in all, this was a very positive and encouraging project trip which enhanced our belief that much can be achieved together. We deeply hope that the aftermath of the earthquake from 25th April 2015 will be overcome by the beginning of 2018 – thanks to your generous donations.