Nepal school rebuild starting soon

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An isolated Nepalese village is getting a new school, thanks to the generosity of a group of Waimate farmers and the wider South Canterbury community.
‘ They’ve been holding their classes in an old cracked building and in tents on the school grounds
since the earthquakes ‘
Almost $60,000 was raised to help rebuild the school near Simle, which was near the epicentre of the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake in April 2015.
Fundraising organiser Ramesh Gurung, an Ashburton dairy farm worker, recently visited Nepal and met local people helping to co-ordinate the rebuild.
‘‘They were very pleased to see us. We are almost there to start the project, probably straight after monsoon, which is the end of August,’’ Mr Gurung said.
The school which had a roll of 183 pupils and 11 teachers, was a combined primary and secondary school.
‘‘They’ve been holding their classes in an old cracked building and in tents on the school grounds since the earthquakes,’’ he said.
Meetings with teachers, members of the school management committee, an engineer and the local education ministry were held at the school site.
‘‘One of the two-storey buildings will stay there. It was built before the earthquakes and did not get damaged because it is a reinforced cement concrete frame structure — and our project is the same.’’
Mr Gurung worked with Lyle and Robyn Green at Ikawai, near Waimate, but is now on Steve and Christine Hay’s dairy farm in Ashburton.