In Sailung, many discussions have since taken place about the possibilities of giving the school a broader meaning. This resulted in a list of activities that can take place in the building. Some of these will start soon, including a women's group that focuses on basic language development and exchange. More or less linked to the school function itself, a library, a computer lab and a kitchen and vegetable gardens are provided. The latter in particular to provide the children with a good meal. The library and computer facility are at the service of the entire community.
The parent group has been running at a different location for a long time. Between 30 and 50 women participate. They support each other in various areas, and if necessary also financially.
When they can use the school building as a meeting place, attention can also be paid to education, since a large part is illiterate. Sabitri Shrestha leads this group.
It computer/internet cafe is used for the education of the children, but could also have a community function. In this way, the internet becomes accessible to everyone. In Nepal, a comprehensive e-learning curriculum is available for all school levels, including educational materials for educators, in both Nepali and English.
Visma has since sponsored the laptops for the computer lab. Dabaki Shrestha leads this section.
The plan is to make a school kitchen to set up and make the possibility for a school garden in which the students learn to grow their own vegetables. This is based on the idea of drawing attention to a healthy diet. Students can be served at least one healthy meal per day from the school kitchen. The kitchen will be run by a team of moms: Dil Maya Shrestha, Laxmi Shrestha and others to support.
We have already received a lot of school furniture, teaching materials, medical supplies, clothing and a few sewing machines in the Netherlands. We collect additional children's clothing, medical equipment and other items to support the community. We are doing this project in collaboration with the Nepal Federation Netherlands to make it possible for other foundations to send items to their projects in Nepal.
Research has been done on how these items can be transported to Nepal. The plan is to ship a 20-foot sea container by boat to Calcutta (India) at the end of April 2022, from where it can be delivered by train to just over the border in Nepal. There the items will have to be transferred to small trucks to be transported to the locations in the mountains.
Now that such a beautiful school building has been realized, the village development committee has asked whether the foundation can also support the setting up of a medical support center annex birth center. a small medical support center has recently opened with limited opening times. For real medical support, one has to rely on hospitals in surrounding places within a 3-4 hour walk. For pregnant women, it is a challenge to walk for over two hours through fields and mountains to the nearest birth center (or travel one to three hours by truck).
It is intended that this support center will be set up in collaboration with an already existing clinic further afield (Gaughar clinic), under the direction of Dr. Uddave Koirala.