An update from our project manager Bikram Piya:
“First of all I would like to beg my pardon being late to report on the school and village because I have been very busy for the official opening of the Bandipur social enterprise. Finally it was opened on 12th October. It is named “BANDIPUR CHHEN” HERITAGE GUEST HOUSE AND COFFEE SHOP. There was a grand program in front of BANDIPUR CHHEN on that day. Our headteacher Rameshwor and SMC chairperson Resham Bhujel took part in that program. 12 Rotarian guests from Scotland stayed at the guest house from 12th October. There were 16 Rotarians from Scotland and many Rotarians from Kathmandu, including District Governor Mr. Sanjay Giri. Rotarians from Scotland stayed 4 nights in the guest house.
On October 15th all 16 guests visited our school and they looked at our classes and interacted with the teachers. The Headteacher answered the question asked by the guests. I explained how the Aandhimul Project has been helping the school and village for 10 years.
Rexsona (a government teacher) participated in 3 day training from 15th to 17th October that was organised by ROOM TO READ. This time training was focused on how to teach students to use the library.
With best regards,
The end of school year exams are over and the school is planning to publish the results on 10th April.
Project teachers Pampha and Kamala took part in one day training at Seto Gurans nursery in Bandipur on 24th March. That training was focused on preparing materials. Sister Miriam was the trainer.
One of our long term supporters and donaters is in Bandipur, Christina from Germany. She gave Bikram US$200 to spend for our school. Thank you Christina!
Bikram will buy things for the school after consultation with project staff members and SMC.
On 26th March four Rotarians including Dr. Madan Kumar Piya (senior chest and cancer physician ) originally from Bandipur visited the school. School family and villagers welcomed them. They promised to help our school in the future like making a new school building.
As of 28th March, they have started to build the new nursery building. Bikram has bought construction materials like cement, steel bars, bricks, sand, stone, metal frame for windows and doors.
Bikram and the teachers also repaired their educational materials in preparation for the new school year. Bikram was also involved in checking the answers, marking the students end of year exams.
It was also noted that the climate is becoming warmer day by day 🙂
The school exams are going to start from 20 March and will last to 27 March. The results will be published on 9th April. Admission campaign will start from 14 April and lasts to 28 April.
In the current fiscal year Bandipur municipality provided NRP 21,000.00 to the Aandhimul school and with that money the school bought 5 wooden chairs that costs NRP 13000.00. Rest money is in school’s account.
Mr Santosh Shrestha, a person originally from Bandipur and now living in Chitwan, came to the school with his friends of the Lions Club of Bageshowri, Chitwan and donated 70 pieces of school bags and 25 pieces of maths kits. Bikram and the school will distribute these things in the beginning of the new academic session/school year (mid April 2016).
It was discussed with the headteacher, chairman of SMC and project staff members separately at whether some money from the school ( that which was given by District Education Office (DEO) NRP 250,000.00 ) can be spent on project teacher salary. Final decision to be confirmed. This we hope will help to contribute to the wages the projects provide.
In Bandipur Bikram and some others are going to start renovation work of a house ( a house rented by Rotary club to establish a cafe and lodge) from 14th April. They are planning to finish it within one year of starting. Once up and running, the profit will be split between five local schools, one of which is Aandhimul’s. With Bikram being a part of this project he will try his best to help our school and make it a success.
There was an article published in “KANTIPUR” the Nepal national daily on 12 March 2016 about our school. The theme of the news was “poor students’ neglected school”. It shows media also showing there interest in the school and how things can change like what is happening now.
KANTIPUR is widely read in Nepal. This news drew the attention of District Education Office and Ministry of Education too.
Below is a picture of Kumar the site manager and valued member of the project, busy at work.