Mankha School Construction Charges Forward

The road up the mountain is only part of the challenge...

The rough road up the mountainside to Mankha is only part of the challenge…

The photo of the truck, slowly grinding up the mountainside on a road that, in Colorado, would be considered a dangerous 4×4 trail, reveals the challenge of building a school in Nepal.  The possibilities of vehicle damage, breakdown, accidents, and roll-overs are all too real. 

Another mountain breakdown

Another mountain breakdown

Despite these challenges, the parents, teachers, students and other residents of Mankha are pushing forward in their quest to build their new school.  Funded with a grant from Boulder-based Developing Hands, matched in part with their own donations of money, land, labor and materials, the project is a labor of love, and demonstrate the commitment the community has for their children’s education.

Mankha is a long way away from a paved road.  As you can see in the photos, it’s hard work, but even the students in their bright blue school uniforms pitch in by forming a bucket brigade to collect stones and aggregate to help build the school. 

Mankha students collect stones to build their school

Mankha students collect stones to build their school

Namlo coordinators, the president of the School Management Committee and even the school principal himself, all pitch in.  

The Principal digs in - literally

The Principal digs in – literally

The (rock) bucket Brigade

The Student(rock) bucket Brigade-

A man who could be someone’s grandfather hefts a basket of rock onto his back, and steadied by the namlo across his forehead, makes another very real contribution to the future of his village. 

Age, wisdom and strength

Age, wisdom and strength

Carrying, crushing stones, cutting and tieing rebar, digging foundations, mixing concrete — all done with community labor and expertise.  Despite the hard work, people are still smiling because they are making quick progress.  The floor is now complete, with the rebar for the support pillars in place for the next phase.  

Carrying stones

Carrying stones

 

Building the concrete floor

Building the concrete floor

Can you imagine doing this in your community?  Would you like to be directly involved in helping the people of Mankha?  If so, come and be a part of this adventure, and share your desire to make the world a better place with the people of Mankha.  Call us at 303-399-3649 or e-mail at namlo@namlo.org.  Or donate at namlo.org/help/donate/ .   

Thanks,

Keith

The floor is done!

The floor is done!

A women ensures the future of her children