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Jesuits hand back restored school in Nepal

Quake hit Shree Haleshwor Higher Secondary School reopens after reconstruction work

Jesuits hand back restored school in Nepal

Rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake, the restored secondary school in Dolakha district is now back functioning as it should. In these images the renewed school is handed over in a ceremony during the morning assembly. (Photo courtesy of NJSI)

February 17, 2017

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Jesuit Mission supporters have enabled secondary schoolchildren in a remote mountain village in Nepal to resume their education in secure facilities, less than two years after their buildings were wiped out by devastating earthquakes.

Shree Haleshwor Higher Secondary School was one of seven schools destroyed or severely damaged in Dolakha district when the earthquakes struck in April and May 2015.

Jesuit Missions in Britain committed US$12,500 to relief and reconstruction program set up by the Jesuits in Nepal, its website reported.

Last week, the school was handed over to the school authority at the students' morning assembly.

The school faces the beautiful Gaurishankar range of the Himalayas, 200 km from Kathmandu.

Since the 2015 earthquakes, Jesuits in the country have supported reconstruction of four schools and supplied pupils with educational materials during the emergency phase.

The restored Shree Haleshwor Higher Secondary School has two semi permanent buildings.

Last week, members of the School Management Committee, teachers, parents and students gathered to express their gratitude to the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI), established immediately after the 2015 earthquakes, to coordinate Jesuit aid response.

The NJSI staff and invited guests were welcomed by children with songs and cultural dances, as the school premises were handed over during morning assembly.

Among the representatives of the NJSI were its chairman, Father Bonyface Tigga, its director, Father Roy Sebastian and Father Arulanandam, who heads the NJSI's response in the region.

 

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