NGO hands over earthquake resilient school to villagers

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SINDHUPALCHOK — A Christian Non-Government Organization (NGO) working in Nepal marked its 25th year of service to the people of Nepal by handing over fifth earthquake resilient school to villagers at Kallery in Sindhupulchawk district in central Nepal some 90 kilometers east of Kathmandu. A total of ten schools in remote and inaccessible areas affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal (2015) are being got ready to be handed over.

The handing over ceremony took place 11th January 2018 at Kallery Basic School in the presence of local Member of Legislative Assembly Shri Yuvaraj Dulal, President of the School’s Founder Body Dr. Prasad Gopal, Headmaster Shri Yajanath Dungal and other dignitaries of the district administration.

The inauguration of the school building consisted of the unveiling of the dedication plaque and handing over of six keys to the six classrooms to the headmaster.

In return, the school and local authorities read out a letter of appreciation signed by the MLA, President of the School Founder Body and the Headmaster. The chief guest at the event the MLA handed over the framed letter along with a ceremonial shawl to Rector of Don Bosco School Lubu Fr Abraham Kannattu.

Today the primary school has 85 students from kindergarten to class four.

Speaking at the event witnessed by people of the entire village both young and old, the Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Project of Nepal Don Bosco Society Fr Augusty Pulickal told the teachers and local people, “we hope that in the next academic year the number of students will increase to 105.”

He also appealed to the local administration to come forward and do the needful to furnish the classrooms which have state of the art electrical and other basic fittings.

The newly constructed school building has two blocks of three spacious classrooms each with a capacity of 40 students. The total in the taking of six classrooms could be 240 students.

The funding for the construction of ten schools came from Don Bosco Jugen Welt Austria.

The history of Nepal Don Bosco Society began in 1992 with Dharan center, in eastern Nepal, initiated by late Fr George Alakulam who ventured out from Don Bosco School Mirik then under the care of SCS.

The Salesians then reached Sirsia (1996), followed by the capital, Kathmandu, with two centers – in Lubhu, established in 1996, and Thecho in 2001 – after which came Baroul and Chakkarghatty (2014) East Nepal and, finally, Biratnagar in 2017 for a total of seven houses, managed today by 18 Salesians from various states around India.

The silver jubilee celebrations (1992-2017) were celebrated on 11 November 2017 at Don Bosco School Biratnagar.

The Nepal Don Bosco Society is engaged in a variety of ministries dedicated to the country’s young people – two technical schools, four academic schools, three social outreach centers, four boarding houses, and several non-formal education centers.

They also run a number of social programs, such as scholarships for students and emergency response projects like the aftermath of the tragic earthquakes of 2015.