Massive flooding at Children’s Home and school in Nepal
Children’s Home and School hit by big monsoon flooding amid Covid crisis. Here’s the update
In the midst of Nepal’s COVID crisis, our crew at MM was saddened to learn that further devastation arrived in a village about a three hour drive outside of Kathmandu where we have a long history. In June, the monsoon began with violent floods in the area of the Children’s Home which we have supported since 2009 through Changing Lives Nepal (CLN). MM Guide Deana Zabaldo is the co-founder of CLN, and we have partnered with them for many years to give back in Nepal.
As many of our guests that have joined us on the Everest Base Camp trek have contributed to the Children’s Home and the school we wanted to update you all. With our last fundraiser we raised money for our guiding staff but also has money earmarked for Covid assistance. Mountain Madness has contributed $2,000 towards fixing the school, of which $500 was from generous donations from supporters. It’s been a difficult year in Nepal, all on the heels of 2020 and the Covid crisis. A powerful monsoon made matters worse.
Massive flooding to this degree of the Melamchi River, which is next to the Children’s Home and their school, has not been seen in 100 years or more! Thankfully the children and their home are safe, but their school was significantly damaged. The surging river swept away land at the riverbanks, destroying homes, farms, and schools for miles. The Terse Primary and Secondary School lost 9 classrooms to the flood. The school has seen increased enrollment due to the COVID crisis as children left schools in the capital of Kathmandu when families lost their incomes. Terse is now also expecting a lot of new students as overflow from the nearby schools that were destroyed by the flood.
Replacing lost classrooms is essential but very expensive, particularly at a time when this rural community has just put their resources towards coping with the COVID surge in May. Changing Lives Nepal has funded first medical and oxygen supplies for the COVID surge and then a temporary retaining wall to prevent further erosion at the school. CLN has also started to rebuild classrooms before the next school year begins in August. Mountain Madness is providing essential funding to help finish building these classrooms and replace desks, benches, and chalkboards. We thank you for your help to Make It Happen!
If you would like to contribute to the Children’s Home and school, please go directly to Changing Lives Nepal to make a tax-deductible contribution and mention funds to go to flooding projects. Many thanks!