Rebuilding the school of Judeegaun

Having provided the inhabitants of the Nepalese mountain village Judeegaun with food and medicine in the first weeks after the earthquake, they most urgently need help with reconstruction now. Therefore, Cap Anamur will be rebuilding the school of Judeegaun in the months to come. Last Wednesday, its foundation stone was laid.

Preparations have already been running for two weeks: A digger has demolished two of the three school buildings, cleared away the rubble and levelled off the ground. Using the viable remains of the buildings, we have built a house for our local helpers who are being paid for the rebuilding by Cap Anamur, thus earning the money for the reconstruction of their own houses. For now, the third school building remains, since it serves as a storing place for the cement protecting it from the approaching monsoon rain.

Within two days, we have brought 17 truckloads to the mountain village which is enough material for the next four months. First, the street was repaired by the digger in order to secure the transport. Large potholes were evened out as well as possible.

“Depending on how many delays will arise due to the monsoon rain, the construction of the new school will probably take eight to twelve months”, logistician Jürgen Maul states. “Then, the kids will move out of their makeshift school and into their new, earthquake-proof class rooms. Particular stability is provided by concrete-and-steel pillars of 15 and 30 centimeter width which are built into the wall every three meters and inset 120 centimeters deep into the ground.”

Both our nurses Anabela and Philippe Valentin have completed their medical service after four weeks. The self-built ambulance was well provided for injured people. The two helpers from Cologne were bid farewell with a huge celebration where official thanks were given to them – including music, dance and bananas which are quite valuable around here. “The people of Judeegaun were proud that we stood by themof all people during this hardship”, Philippe Valentin reports. “We had pitched our tent in the village and experienced an intense time with each other. We will keep these people in good memory.”