The weather is beginning to turn cold and so the girls have travelled over the mountains from Upper Mustang to winter school in Pokhara after a happy and successful summer term. It’s been an eventful summer term in Mustang.
Every year the school continues to grow and the girls are flourishing. When the school was opened in 2012 there were 18 students and now just 5 years later, due to the high demand from families wishing to enrol their daughters in school, there are now 51 girls and possibly 7 more girls will be enrolled before winter term opens later this month (October 2017).
This impressive growth has resulted in the need to build more classrooms, dormitories, teacher accommodation and new bathrooms and shower areas are being built. As usual, the girls are involved in every aspect of school life, as school is also their home for much of the year and for some girls it’s home all year. The girls help improve their school and home by helping with some of the labouring during construction.
Hot water is produced by solar energy – the black pipe brings water from the stream and as water lays in the pipe, it’s heated during the strong daytime sun to give a supply of hot water at shower time. Clever and pragmatic use of natural heat from the sun.
New metal gates have been fabricated too and will replace the existing wooden gate.
Girls are now working together to grow some of their own food – a step towards sustainability as well as having access to fresh vegetables and fruit on a daily basis – a luxury for sure in this remote and arid area and more importantly an essential part of their diets for optimum health.
And even though there’s new construction, laundry to be done, food to be grown and harvested, daily school curriculum continues without interruption. Girls wake up at 5am and sleep at 9pm. A busy and long day of study, play, rest and extra curricula activities.
There’s a new project about to start and so we’ve just started a new fundraiser. Please help us if you can:
When the school was opened in 2012 there were 18 students and due to the high demand from families wishing to enrol their daughters in school, there are now 51 girls and possibly 7 more girls will be enrolled before winter term opens later this month (October 2017).
This growth has resulted in the need to build more classrooms, dormitories and teacher accommodation. Due to the severe space limitation girls are using the kitchen areas and their dormitories for their homework studies.
As the school currently provides education from Lower Kindergarten to Class 8, this lack of study areas is restricting especially for the older girls in their studies.
Please help us raise the funds to build a small library and study area to help girls make the most of their schooling opportunity in this harsh environment. We need to raise an extra €2,500 over our normal budget for funding the school.
Please CLICK HERE to help us to build a library & study area
By clicking the link above – the following image will appear. When the page opens, clicking the “DONATE NOW” button will take you through easy steps. Please help if you can. Any amount will be gratefully received and will be used to help the girls make the most of their study time.
Here’s that link again: Please CLICK HERE to help us to build a library & study area so the girls can make the most of their opportunities to learn and study. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
Thank-you from everyone in school