Ghyangfedi School – a beacon of hope

Students like Jangmo are desperate to go to school: can you help them achieve their dreams, by supporting Adara’s work in education?

Seventeen-year-old Jangmo remembers the day she saw construction begin for the Shree Ghyangfedi School. It was a cloudy day and despite the grey sky overhead, her heart was full of hope.

As a young child, Jangmo dreamt of becoming a teacher. She was a bright student but her education was cut short when her local school stopped offering classes beyond Grade 3. Jangmo asked her parents to let her continue her education elsewhere, but they were unimpressed by the condition of nearby schools.

For six years Jangmo didn’t go to school. Then, when the tragic 2015 earthquake struck, she feared her dream of becoming a teacher had slipped away forever.

It was just before midday on a normal, sleepy Saturday when the earthquake started. Homes and schools crumbled, roads were damaged beyond repair and thousands of residents were left without shelter. Nearly 9,000 people were killed across Nepal.

In Ghyangfedi, a small community in the Nuwakot district, northeast of Kathmandu, 10% of the population was killed. All schools were flattened, including the central Shree Ghyangfedi School that educated 32 students. Every building in the district was either severely damaged or destroyed.

Immediately after the first quake, the Adara team worked around the clock to provide crisis support to affected regions. We began running mobile medical camps, provided shelter and nutrition support, and child protection advice to a traumatised country. At the request of the government of Nepal, Adara began supporting the Ghyangfedi community with immediate disaster relief that reached more than 10,000 people in need.

Within months, the work moved to the next phase: longer term redevelopment. Ghyangfedi is beset with poverty and child trafficking and its inaccessibility gives it many of the characteristics of remote Humla. The government asked that we stay in the region to help. Our teams spent time working with community to decide on the most impactful intervention we could make and together we formed plans to build a new earthquake-resistant school, with the education of girls at its centre.

In June 2017, the Shree Ghyangfedi School re-opened its doors. Among the group of excited students eagerly awaiting its reopening was Jangmo. She was nervous to be back at school and studying in Grade 7. But above all, she was eager to learn.

Since its opening, the Ghyangfedi School has celebrated some significant achievements. As a result of an increased national focus on girls’ education and the quality of facilities, the Shree Ghyangfedi School now has more than 360 students – 48% of whom are girls.

Our vision for the work in Ghyangfedi is that girls are empowered to bring positive changes to their community and can battle the risks they face. Including more girls in education reduces the risk of girl trafficking from the area. Families see a future for their daughters, the community is educated about human rights and school attendance rolls make it easier for teachers to monitor the presence of girls in the community. There have been no recorded incidents of child trafficking in the area since the Shree Ghyangfedi School opened in 2017.

Jangmo has been back at school for more than a year now. Her Mathematics teacher said, “Jangmo is a very hardworking, disciplined, focused and well-behaved student.” In 2018 she finished Grade 7 and secured second place in her class. The Shree Ghyangfedi School represents a beacon of hope for Jangmo and a second chance at her dream of becoming a teacher.

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