Schools in the Gorkha region
The first projects run by the The Nepal Relief Association were the schools in the Gorkha region. Buildings were established or refurbished and photovoltaic power plants were installed. A visit in the project region 20 years later still bears the traces of this commitment. The photovoltaic power plant is still existent although three of the six elements have been destroyed through rockfalls. However, there was one thing common to all Falter-schools: flat, one-storey constructions with simple clay plaster and an open roof truss covered with stone slab, usually being in a good condition. And it is a pleasure to see so many children in the morning heading to school in their school uniforms visible for kilometers around.

Schools in Lamjung
After having paused for a couple of years, the The Nepal Relief Association together with the two Rotary Clubs Lamjung and Patan eventually took up its commitment to schools again. It was the aim to raise the lessons¿ attractiveness and to decrease the rate of educational dropouts through better school equipment. Particular attention was being paid to girls who are often missing school on grounds of lacking sanitary installations; while boys can also use a bush in adversity, girls are usually dependent on working toilets.
When planning the project, we could use the advice by our partners from the Rotary Club Patan that had already expanded and supported several schools according to the same pattern. The project was subject to four components:

  • Construction of sufficient toilets
  • Supplement of educational furnishings
  • Provision of laboratory equipment for the physics- and chemistry lessons
  • Expansion of the school¿s library with books of reference and books supplementing the lessons

The project was implemented in five schools of the district. The selection of the schools was carried out by the Rotary Clubs. The Club Lamjung committed itself to visit the schools at least three times per year in the following five years and to control the cleanliness and appropriate usage of the toilets as this usually is the weak point. After the construction was finished, board members of the The Nepal Relief Association visited the project in order to hand over the laboratory equipment, books and furniture. A visit was again realized two years later.
The results were mostly satisfactory. Encouraged through our support, the school community usually rendered significantly higher co-payment so that the buildings could be further renovated and two schools even established drinking water supply. After two years of usage, the toilets in all schools are highly utilized and clean. All but one school have access to running water.
In all five schools the libraries were supplemented and expanded with children books and novels by Room to Read. Together with the laboratory, this made the school very attractive. All school succeeded in raising the quantity of pupils in the past two years. It is even more gratifying that the ratio of boys and girls reversed: while two years ago the boys dominated the higher grades, it is now the girls who are the majority from the first class to the last class (60%). The teachers regard this development as being highly connected to our project. However, it must be mentioned that Nepal severely tries to provide (elementary) education to all children, as demanded for by the UN development objectives.