Breaking Ground at Shree Krishna Primary School, Nepal
Lost Earth Adventures and our charity, Share the Load Foundation are funding the rebuilding of a primary school in Shirkhabesi, an area of Nepal devastated by the April 2015 earthquakes. Construction of the Shree Krishna Primary School began on the 7th December 2015. Company Founder, Richard Goodey recently visited the village (cycling from Kathmandu) to see the project come to life and to speak with students, teachers and community members. Richard writes of his experience below:
Both Raj and Ron are part of Nepali Cyclists Ride to Rescue (NCRR), an NGO comprised of professional mountain bike riders whom were some of the first guys on the ground helping people in the aftermath of the earthquake. Their knowledge of the footpaths and tracks that intertwine the villages close to Shirkhabesi was paramount in ensuring that emergency supplies got to the right places, at the right time. We are proud to be working in conjunction with NCRR to rebuild the Shree Krishna Primary School, as part of a wider project to rebuild 7 schools in 7 weeks.
Gripped with fear, I put on a brave face and said, “let’s do it!” The distance, mountain biking 75km seemed unfathomable to me, and I genuinely didn’t think that mentally or physically I was up for the challenge. We negotiated our way through 15km of Kathmandu traffic, weaving our way past rickshaw drivers, heavy-footed taxi drivers and an abundance of freely roaming holy cows. Finally, we were out of the congestion, but a very daunting 7km hill was our next obstacle, not something I was looking forward to. I did get to the top and it was a relief and pleasure to spend the next couple of hours freewheeling my way to Chharhare Bazaar – the halfway point. My emotions were as up and down as the hilly terrain I was riding on, at this point I knew I could do it, at ¾’s of the way, I was certain I couldn’t! Shortly after was sunset and we carried on into the darkness, climbing hard through the forest. This however is nothing close to the suffering and hardship the people of Shikharbesi are facing.
After refreshing myself by drinking from the stream outside Ron’s house we sat around the fire while his mother cooked us a chicken curry and plied us with home made whisky. We were all tired so I bedded down with the two lads in traditional fashion, all of us sharing a bed outside on the terrace. The next morning we watched the sunrise over the foothills. Shirkhabesi and its surrounds really is beautiful.
What they do lack though is money for much needed materials. For the majority of Nepali’s, $5000 is a lot of money and would take most people in the village several years to save.
Breaking Ground at Shree Krishna Primary School – Rebuilding has Begun!
For the past seven months the 40 primary students at Shree Krishna Primary School have been studying in temporary corrugated iron shelters.
I continued to walk through the village, visiting the outlying houses and other schools in the area. I can’t imagine the hardship this community is going through. So many stories similar to Nil and Dinas’.
In this region, seven schools have been irreparably damaged and many students are still being taught amongst the rubble, in dilapidated buildings and precarious conditions.
After two days in Shirkhabesi, it was time to let the construction of the new school continue. Supplies are being locally sourced and we are also using local labourers, contractors and engineers as a way to ensure our project has maximum benefit to this community. Rajan, Ron and I got back on our bikes and made the long 75km journey back to Kathmandu.
Education gives stability, hope for the future and an opportunity for a better life. Let’s help make this happen!
Many thanks to those of you that have donated already and to British climbing legend Johnny Dawes who gave up his time to host our fundraiser last summer.
Stay tuned for video of our work to come in the New Year and on-going progress reports of the school and the community of Shirkhabesi.
Update – January 2016
We have raised the £8000 needed and work is well underway. The Shree Krishna Primary School now has its foundation! Thank you so much to all of you that have helped so far. We are now raising money for classroom equipment and school uniforms. If you’d like to help support this remote little school then please click the donate button below. Thank you.
Update – July 2016
After 10 months of fundraising and building, the Shree Krishna Primary School was open for learning! Fitted with new facilities, supplies and school uniforms for the students. Follow our journey from start to end with our new video documenting the adventure.