Sorry for not writing sooner but Christmas and New was spent with my wife and baby daughter and it was her first I wanted to spend more time with them.
So what have we been up to over the festive period, not too much to be honest but leading up to it Shree Rupa School finally had internet installed and the students are currently learning the basics of research and study online. We will be putting more volunteers in over 2016 to help with English plus searching and applying for jobs online, CV writing, social networking and letter writing. These are not skills that the children will have a final exam on but are life skills that will help them when they leave school and start looking for new opportunities.
Shree Rupa is the first school EHN has provided power and internet to and we will be looking to do the same with another school this year. One such school would be Shree Durga in Gorkha which is the school EHN is helping to rebuild after it was destroyed in the Earthquake. Once we have the school built we will send a team in to paint and then follow up with teaching volunteers. As we work closer with them we can assess the benefits of getting them online and hopefully will do so by the end of 2016 or start of 2017 depending on funds and construction progress.
The only other news from EHN for late Dec was the attendance by Phil of the annual awards ceremony at Shree Rupa School which was held on Dec 27th. Phil attended and was made Guest of honour by the School in recognition of all the help and support EHN has given the school over the last two years. EHN was awarded a token of love from the school board with many local government and educational officials also offering thanks of support for their local Government school.
Many of the students were awarded gifts for high levels of achieving and two of the teachers received similar awards for working hard to improve the level of lessons taught.
The New Year came in quit quietly for us in Nepal as we have a New Year on April 15th making the western New Year less of an event. Now we are into 2016 and still looking to get the permission from the Board of Education to rebuild Shree Durga School plus raise more funds to complete the entire 8 classrooms school.
Once again, Happy New Year to you all and thank you for help and support over what has been one of the toughest years for Nepal since the civil war over 10 years ago.