Shree Jwala Devi - Kahvre

Delighted pupils from Shree Jwala Devi basic level school in Khavre district, Nepal.

Delighted pupils from Shree Jwala Devi basic level school in Khavre district, Nepal.

The six hour journey of 84km from the centre of Kathmandu took us through Bhaktapur on our third donation program of 2018 where we picked up our 2 volunteers from Unatti Home for Girls for the day's trip. We were accompanied by our auditor and accountant and this village is where they both were born and started their education. The school is nestled into a small village high in the hills, accessible by steep sandy roads with evidence of landslides and rebuilt sections where the earthquakes of 2015 had struck. Rows of hand made wire-framed cages filled with rocks shored up the loose sand in the village. 

View of the school perched on top of the hill.

View of the school perched on top of the hill.

As the young children lined up for the donation program the bags are unpacked from the rice sacks and biscuits added before they are handed out. Most of these children only know the village and the walls of mountains surrounding them. They are shy with us: strangers to their village, but it doesn't take long to see the smiles on their faces when they get their bags!

Anita and one of the girls from Unatti unpack the bags in preparation for the ceremony.

Anita and one of the girls from Unatti unpack the bags in preparation for the ceremony.

The older students from the school stand on the terrace watching preparations of the donation program. The buildings are 9 years old and withstood the impact of the earthquake. 

Rewati Gurung, local community members, teachers and students prepare for the donation.

Rewati Gurung, local community members, teachers and students prepare for the donation.

As each child's name is called out they come to the front of the line to receive their bag. 

As each child's name is called out they come to the front of the line to receive their bag. 

Mothers, grandmothers and fathers gather on the edge of the school grounds to watch the donation. 

Mothers, grandmothers and fathers gather on the edge of the school grounds to watch the donation. 

Our Auditor - happy to see the children in his home village receiving bags from MMN.

Our Auditor - happy to see the children in his home village receiving bags from MMN.

The children went mad when they got their bags - the classrooms were filled with a cacophony of squeals of delight as they stuffed their worn notebooks in beside all the new ones and took out the new pencils, erasers and colours. 

Two boys examine the contents of their new school bags.

Two boys examine the contents of their new school bags.

A young girl standing in line with her classmates holds a garland of wild flowers after receiving her bag.

A young girl standing in line with her classmates holds a garland of wild flowers after receiving her bag.

Children in Shree Jwala Devi basic secondary school in their classroom after the ceremony.

Children in Shree Jwala Devi basic secondary school in their classroom after the ceremony.

Lunch break. 

Lunch break. 

Up here in the hills children play with whatever they find lying around. In a few years, these young boys will migrate to upper level schools in other parts of Nepal and some will even go on to university eduction. Moving Mountain Nepal hopes through our school bag donation program to encourage children like these to go on with their studies and be the driving force for change in the future of Nepal.

Boys jump the rope during their lunch break at Shree Jwala Devi secondary school in Khavre.

Boys jump the rope during their lunch break at Shree Jwala Devi secondary school in Khavre.

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