18th Mar 2018
Fundraised to date$0 $6000
We are excited to announce the next Active Hearts library project! It will be in beautiful Sarsyu village in the Himalayan foothills. We will build and furnish, stock with books (reading and curriculum related) and supply computers to enhance the students learning opportunities.
Sarsyu village sits at approximately 28 and 85.23 (Lat./Lng.) It is located about 32km or a six hour drive north of Kathmandu at an altitude of about 1600m in the Rasuwa district. This area is beneath the incredible Langtang mountain range which is part of the mighty Himalayas. It has a temperate climate with a heavy monsoon period.
The village has a population size of about 700. The village has approximately 300 families living in 280 homes. 99% of the people are of the Tamang Bhuddist caste and 1% are of the Dalit caste (untouchable caste). The people of Sarsyu are subsistence farmers with approximately 5% working in the tourism industry as porters for trekking groups in the Langtang region. The majority of crops are millet and corn and the main season is June - August
During the devastating earthquakes of 2015 there were 10 people were killed and 88% of homes destroyed. For many weeks the villagers lived in makeshift shelters made from tarpaulins and whatever they could salvage from their broken homes. The government provided $3000USD assistance to this village.
This area has 3 secondary schools and 8 primary schools. The school we are assisting has 600 students and 15 teachers (13 are paid by the government and 2 by village donations). There are 11 classrooms of which 9 were destroyed in the earthquakes. Three classrooms have been rebuilt by foreign NGOs (Non Goverment Organisation) and the rest was rebuilt by local donations and voluntary labour.
The area has a health clinic and access to the nearest hospital is by local bus or taxi which involves a 3 hour trip.
Once Active Hearts has raised the required funding, we will transform a current classroom into a beautiful and safe learning environment for the children. As always we will employ local stone masons and builders for the job to help stimulate the local economy. They will build the book shelving, tables, chairs, librarians desk, walled partitions, paint, install curtains, carpet and electrical wiring. We will provide mats for sitting, desktops for computer studies and approximately 800 curriculum related books, which will be chosen by the teachers and purchased wholesale by us in Kathmandu. We will also employ a full time librarian to mantain the library to a high standard for the children.
We feel very privileged to help this incredible area and the beautiful children that call it home.
Namaste and thank you from the Active Hearts family x