Pictorial Stories

Saurpani is a Village Development Committee (VDC) 62  kilometers away from the headquarters of Gorkha.  Due to poor connectivity of roads, which are not functional during the monsoons, both transporting goods and people into the village and vice-versa is an arduous task. Very limited relief materials have reached to the people in this village. 

The ruins of Saurpani

Shree Baraha Primary School (est 2046 B.S.) serves very young children from the Dalit community, at Saurpani VCD Ward-03. Around 105 children come here to study. This is the only school catering to this entire ward.

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Resilience- in spirit and consequent work

While the denizens of this village had their own homes to rebuild, they sought to give a helping hand to build the school. Moreover, when the Nepal army and the Armed Police Force (APF) arrived to the school location just in half and hour of seeking help over the phone, the villagers were very encouraged.

Army and Armed Police Force help clear rubble from the dilapidated public school
Army and Armed Police Force help clear rubble from the dilapidated public school
Local community mobilized to rebuild the only public school in their ward.
Local community (children, elderly) mobilized to rebuild the only public school in their ward.
As the village's blacksmith, Mr. B.C. helps others build their houses once he is done with his own
As the village’s blacksmith, Mr. B.C. helps others build their houses once he is done with his own
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The skilled blacksmith. Everyone in the village calls him Uncle.
No retirement age. Contentment is not restricted to age.
No retirement age. Contentment is not restricted to age.

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Oblivious yet hopeful

The spirited children, most were very jolly, really uplifted our hearts too. In just a few days, we had really become fond of them.

Yes..
“How can I help, dai?” she asked us.She was handing out water to every adult working
When we asked him to drop the construction material, he retorted
When we asked him to drop the construction material, he retorted “this is my school too
Friends for all seasons
Friends for all seasons
The shy boy. He is one of the former students of this primary school who came to help us.
The shy boy. He is one of the former students of this primary school who came to help us.
He'll be joining school this year
He’ll be enrolled at school this session
Taking care of her infant brother, while her parents are rebuilding their houses.
A caring friend. Taking care of her infant brother, while her parents are rebuilding their houses.
Little girls carrying construction materials to the work site.
Little girls carrying construction materials to the work site.

Women have played an integral role in empowering the community.  Sharmila Bishwokarma, and her other women relatives have chosen to come back to the village, even when they are aware the dearth of opportunities there. Sharmila is the first graduate in Ward-03, she studied in Kathmandu.

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Since, we could not get hold of (“gittis”/ small pebbles) for creating the foundation of the school, kids along with women begun breaking stones that remained of the school
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Sometimes, you don’t reason to smile.

As the Daayitwa team got to know the locals better after a stay of 3 days among the local populace, we realized they were capable enough to rebuild to a large extent what they had part with. Only that they needed at that moment was a boost to their drooping morale, after having lost hope along with the schools and homes they lived in.

Building Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs)

With just a little push for rebuilding the dilapidated school, the Daayitwa team along with numerous locals of Saurpani built Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) for resumption of regular school as soon as possible.

Team Daayitwa- En route to Saurpani
Team Daayitwa- En route to Saurpani
The structure of the TLC(s)
The structure of the TLC(s)
The warmth that the locals exhibited overwhelmed each one of us.
The warmth that the locals exhibited overwhelmed each one of us.
The Daayitwa team in front of the Temporary Learning Centre (TLC)
The Daayitwa team in front of the Temporary Learning Centre (TLC)
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