Mumbai based B.D. Somani International School has taken a small but rather concrete step to raise Rs. 18 lakh over three years to help rebuild a school in Solukhumbu, Nepal. The initiative has been taken after a girl students of the school shared her wish to raise money to rebuild a school that was destroyed in earthquake. Students of the affected school are currently studying at makeshift facilities provided by ‘The Small World’, an NGO working to make education accessible to children in Nepal.
It has been almost six months since devastating earthquake destroyed the lives of several lakhs in Nepal. Till date, citizens of Nepal could not restore their surroundings in the way they already lived. Somewhere around 360 students of a school in Solukhumbu, Nepal do not have a school to continue their studies.
Shree Deusa Secondary School in Solukhumbu was not the only school that got destroyed in earthquake that hit the soil of Nepal six months back but there are hundred other school buildings which were destroyed. Thousands of students are not able to continue with their studies due to this.
In initial days, the school got in touch with the Rotaract Club in Nepal so as to make sure that the funds sponsored are being utilized in a fruitful manner. Don Gardener, principal of the school said, “Everybody spoke about the earthquake when it happened, but quickly forgot about it. We wanted our children to participate in relief work and understand the situation firsthand.”
Further he added, “So Std XI and XII have decided to participate in a 6 km walkathon on Monday, and all the money collected through sponsorship will be directed toward the NGO in Nepal for rebuilding this school.” Their main aim is to direct the money as and when it gets collected so that the construction work of school can be completed as soon as possible.
Tanika Mehra (18), a Class 12 student of B.D Somani International School is in touch with the NGO. She said, “Post the earthquake, people from across the world have been helping Nepal with food and healthcare, and I was wondering if we can help them through a long-term project. That’s when I spoke to my father and he put me in touch with a friend in Nepal.”
Thereafter “I shared my wish to raise money to rebuild a school, and we chose a school that was destroyed. Its students are currently studying at makeshift facilities provided by The Small World,” added Tanika.
As per the reports of NGO, it would take about 30 lakh Nepalese rupees to rebuild the school. “This amounts to a little over Rs 18 lakh. We have decided to raise this money over a period of three years,” she said.