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Nepal


Earthquake Disaster Relief Work

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Amrita-Seattle’s volunteers went to Nepal a week after the 2015 earthquakes to do relief work.  We reached  some of the remote villages near Sindhupalchowk and Bhaktapur and  stayed throughout the aftershocks period and distributed blankets and  other relief material, and helped cook hot meals in the camps for two weeks. Our volunteers also worked in Katmandu’s earthquake shelter areas to cook meals for several thousands victims at a time.

Re-Build Nepal

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Nepal’s education system was devastated after the 2015 Earthquake. Upon returning to the US after immediate relief work, Amrita-Seattle took a vow to go back to Nepal in 2016 to build a school.

IN April 2016, Amrita-Seattle in partnership with local NGO- Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), built a 4 classrooms and fully-furnished library in Shree Nalang Patle Secondary School, Nalang ward no 4, at Dhading district, Nepal. This school was originally established 53 years ago, beautifully located on a saddle between mid-hills, with Gurung as the ethnic majority living with other groups. This community have a limited source of income for living, which is agro-based, and mostly for subsistence. Nonetheless, they always have dreams to educate their children in good schools but it has never been possible to date.

The school, we built is located in one of the areas most affected by April 25, 2015 earthquake. In this locality more than 60% houses were destroyed. In this school, some class rooms have been damaged beyond repair. Consequently, zinc sheeted temporary classrooms were made to continue classes. Some sections of the old structure are salvageable. To sum up, this school had a need for a more permanent structure along with repairs to the old facility to accommodate 380 students.

Teach in Rural Nepal

Duration: 12 days

Program Cost: $700 USD

Location: Nalang Village, Dhading dist, Nepal

 

Amrita-Seattle is back at the Nalang Patle Secondary School in Dhading with its Reading Program to inspire children to love and read books. Volunteers will be working to implement and run different activities/elements of our Reading Program at the library that we built in 2016 spring. Through story-telling, puppetry, drawing, and role plays, volunteers will teach the students daily values, such as, self-confidence, respect, harmony, and kindness towards each other. Volunteers will also help set-up a pre-school classroom with interactive learning materials and paint the walls with murals to make it attractive for the children. Volunteers will also start a Reading Club in the school with the senior students to ignite the younger minds to become voracious readers! There will be options to extend your time in the village and continue with our Reading Program, or to arrange additional time for trekking. This year, we are offering the famous

Everest Base Camp trek (15 -16 days).

*Volunteering fee Includes:

Two night in simple guest-house/ hostel in Katmandu

Round-trip transportation in public bus to the project site in Dhading Village

Accommodation in local homestay and all meals (Bruch/snacks/ dinner) for ten days of volunteering

First aid kit box

Emergency co-operation service

Volunteering Fee Does Not Include:

International airfare, visas, mandatory medical/travel insurance, tips to staff, alcoholic/ non-alcohol beverages, bottled water, hot water showers, phone calls, internet, airport drop/pick up service, any optional activities, such as, trekking, rafting, etc.

Tentative itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Katmandu

Day 2: After breakfast, we have a group meeting and orientation. Then we drive to Dhading village (3-4 hours)

Days 3-10  Below is a tentative schedule of your next several days will look like

 

Time Activities
6.00 am Wake up and Morning Tea.
6:30 – 7:30 am Short morning walk
7:30- 8:30 Am Breakfast; washing up
10 am – 1 pm School
1 pm – 1.30pm lunch time
2 pm – 4 pm School
4 – 6:30 pm Village Visit, Washing Bathing, Resting period
8 pm Dinner (Nepali typical food, accommodation groups)

 

Day 11: Drive back to Katmandu

Day 12: Local sight-seeing in Katmandu

Day 13: Program ends after breakfast. You are free to depart as you like or join the Everest Base Camp Trek (15-16days)