The community must need and ask for assisance in building their school and take an active role in its construction. Upon completion, it becomes a public school and the local government provides teachers.
In October, 2011, a group of volunteers, mostly from Colorado, will journey to Sabung to repair and refurbish one of the classrooms in the old school. The new school, which was completed in 2008, has been such a hit that more space is needed and the best way to get it online quickly yet provide a lasting facility is to refurbish rooms in the old school.
How you can help with these programs:
Donate: Larger organizations (clubs, businesses, ...) sometimes help us by taking on the challenge of fundraising for the entire cost of a school. Contact us if your group is interested and to find out location and costs of our next school.
Volunteer: Travel to a construction site and help build a school. Contact us for exact dates and costs of travel.Magda, Hugh, Frank and community members in front of the dilapidated building that currently serves as classroom space in Miraflor.
Report on existing school construction projects
Nepal: Namlo has helped three communities build schools in rural Nepal.
Yarmasing: Inaugurated on January 12, 1999, the Shree Broomachaur Primary School of Yarmasing is located in the mountains of Nepal, near the Tibetan border. This school was constructed entirely from local stone by community labor with Namlo's help and in collaboation with Building with Books, an organization from Connecticut that constructs schools worldwide. The school houses grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Dhuskun: The Mahendra Pratap Secondary School is situated in the village of Dhuskun, above Barhabise. Classes run from grade 1 through grade 10. With Namlo's help, the community constructed a new five-classroom building in 2002 which now has over 450 students.
Sabung: Namlo's largest school has about 900 children in the community of Sabung. It is located in the Tanahu district about half way between Kathmandu and Pokara.
Nicaragua Namlo has helped four communities build schools in rural Nicaragua.
Los Pinares:Namlo built a school in this remote mountain community in collaboration with Building with Books and the people of the community. The school was inaugurated on Feb. 5, 2005. The event was attended by the entire community as well as the Mayor of Telpaneca and a representative from the Ministry of Education. The teachers brought a tape player and someone from the community played the guitar. It was indeed a festive, happy day.
Barrio Nuevo: Rains, difficult roads, and a truck that kept breaking down presented challenges during the construction of the 3-room school in Barrio Nuevo, built in cooperation with the community and Building with Books. The school was completed in Dec. 2005. There was a going away party for Magda and Hugh in the house of Don Lupe, the leader of the community where they stayed.
In spite of the rain most of the community was present and several children delivered letters for the sister schools. The evening ended with a beautiful song composed for them by one of the community members, a moving story about two doves arriving in Barrio Nuevo, one from Spain and one from the USA, to help their children get a better future. As Magda wrote in her diary, "I listened to the song, I realized that I had tears in my eyes and for once, I was glad there was no electric light in Barrio Nuevo."
Miraflor: The school in Miraflor was inaugurated in February, 2008. It is a two room school for grades one through 6.< /p>
El Salmeron: Thanks to the generous support of the Block and Rehl families, Namlo's newest school was inaugurated in 2009. You can follow its progress here.