Education on the roof of the world
It is only a stone’s throw to Mount Everest. However, the life-styles of the people living here and those who prepare for their climb in the base camps are worlds apart. In addition, the omnipresent cast system remains an insurmountable obstacle – more so than the highest mountains. Therefore, it is still not commonly accepted in the region that everybody has a right to education. Besides, teachers are scarce, as they shy the hardships of life in the region of Bhandar.
A partnership for the Bhandar Region
25 years ago, teachers of the Helene-Lange High School in Wiesbaden/Germany took on the challenge to bring basic education to the region. Since students, teachers and parents of the school as well as many friends have collected donations, organized rallies and conducted bazaars with tireless dedication.
They started „Children-of-Bhandar“. In Nepal the NGO implementing the projects is called FRADS.
Basic care by schools, medical stations, houses for children and scholarships.
The result is impressive: 30 schools were started. They built a health center with five branches as well as an orphanage. The team hired teachers and nurses and provided school uniforms and teaching aids to the students.
Now more than 6,000 school-children can learn and play instead of working in the fields. Talented graduates, mostly untouchables, receive scholarships to continue their studies in the distant capital Katmandu. Many of them come back to their villages to help those left behind. In a next step we now want to offer vocational training for young people in Bhandar. Besides, we shall invest into the advanced training of teachers to improve quality of teaching.
Our project sites in Nepal