25th earthquake in Nepal and the subsequent aftershocks have damaged
homes, shops, schools and historic buildings throughout the country. Emerging Ecology, a NGO based in the US, is working with ICA Nepal, the Cooperative
Society of Bungamati and Loren Weybright, an independent development
consultant, to provide emergency food, shelter and a safe space for the
children to go to school. Bungamati is
one of the most affected villages in Lalitpur district, where more than 800
houses have been destroyed.
of a local school, the Tri-Ratna Cooperative School (TRCS), were seriously
damaged and are totally unsafe (photo right) . At present temporary classes are being held
outside under tarpaulins. Madhukar
Tuladhar, the principal, reports that now children are not studying the regular
syllabus but are getting support for dealing with the trauma of a trembling
mountainside and crumbling buildings. Part of the therapy is receiving lunch,
playing games, and drawing about their experiences.
The village has begun erecting a metal frame structure to house the
school and provide a meeting space for the community. Funds
raised for this project will enable them to complete this structure, help
reopen the school, and to provide basic classroom materials. Visit the
school’s Facebook site to see before and
Members of the staff of Emerging Ecology have been
working with ICA Nepal’s projects for more than a decade.