An update from Laxmi from yesterday's mission to visit Uttam's home village where we also enjoyed a boat ride out on an island. The village area that we visited is one of the most beautiful that I have visited in Nepal.
Yesterday, 15 June our team members who visited Markhu VDC of Makwanpur district, Uttam Bhlon Lama, Brian Smith, Kiran Bajracharya, and others also had meeting with the Principal of Shree Saraswati Balbodhinee Secondary School at Markhu VDC and came to realised that despite close to the Kathmandu Valley, only 2.5 hours drive from Kathmandu it is very remote because some of the students have to walk 6 hours in a day to get their education and there is no computer education because of lack of access to internet facility. We also discussed on the strategies in addressing these problems. A principal, Mr Yadav and teachers proposed the solution saying that if there would be a hostel then students who have to travel 6 hours each day would be greatly benefited getting education. Otherwise there is more likelihood for drop out. Also for Computer Education and English language to teach volunteer teachers provision were also explored.
There are total 296 students.
Ms. Laxmi Lama working as a helper/peon who is studying bachelor level handed over me a small piece of paper where she has written about her condition saying,
My name is Laxmi Lama aged 28 with 2 kids. I live in Markhu Ward No. 8. I am peon of this school and doing by Bachelor of Education. My husband has been suffering from chronic ulcer and my mother-in-law is suffering from Asthma.
It is very glad to see that the filter that handed to school in our, Uttam bro and myself have been effectively utilising and there is a demand of another 3 filters to provide safe and clean drinking water to the students. I earned only NPR 5000 per month from which it is difficult for me to manage for my family livelihood and education of my children. I hope you'll consider my situation and provide support me to complete my education so that I can fulfil my dream to become a teacher in this school and also provide good education to my children.
Posted by Matt E