In April 2015, an earthquake in the Himalayas devastated large swathes of Nepal. Cap Anamur immediately sent an emergency relief team to the country to distribute food to the residents of the mountain village Judeegaun and provide medical care. Our planning for the construction of two new earthquake-resistant schools for the villages of Judeegaun and Chandeni began shortly thereafter. In May, the first school opened in Judeegaun, with the celebration for the opening of the second school taking place in Chandeni at the end of September.
Around 500 villagers came to the celebration along with the 15 principles of the neighboring schools. At the ceremony, community representatives gave their heartfelt thanks to Cap Anamur and its German donors for their support. The school’s principle expressed his appreciation by presenting our team with a certificate.
Construction in Chandeni started in January this year with extensive excavation work. “For several weeks, trucks and diggers took away the debris of the school destroyed by the earthquake and leveled off the ground”, our logistic expert Horst Hühnlein explained. “The preparation work came to an end just as the construction of our first school in Judeegaun was completed. This allowed the building team in Judeegaun to move on to Chandeni at the end of February.”
New earthquake-resistant schools
Like our first school in the village of Judeegaun, the school in Chandeni has four buildings with classrooms. The most important consideration for both schools was that they had to be resistant to earthquakes. Large windows provide the classrooms with a lot of light and excellent air circulation between the corrugated iron roof and the ceiling keeps the temperature comfortable. A total of 380 children from grades 1 to 12 will be taught in the Chandeni school.
“There was tremendous applause when the keys were handed over”, Horst Hühnlein said. “Our team and the Nepalese builders were repeatedly forced to stop working because of heavy rainfall, which made it very difficult to reach the school. For this reason, it is even more rewarding to finally open the school and see so many happy faces.”
At the end of the project, we dug a well for each school. While a depth of 12.5 meters was sufficient in Judeegaun, to have a properly functioning well in Chandeni, we had to dig 155 meters so that enough water could be pumped. In the end, all our efforts paid off – the well will not only provide the school with drinking water, the entire village will benefit from it because water from this source can be accessed from multiple locations.
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