Four days have passed, and we have found ourselves gradually accustomed to the heat and sudden scores of Nepal. Today, we visited Kihyun Primary school, the target of our project to rebuild schools: Project Lotus. The trip to get to Kihyun Primary school was a 2 hour adventure with mud and rocks of the narrow road, as well as rivers. Upon arriving at the school we were honoured to have been greeted by a warm welcome from the children, teachers, parents, and the community. Through our interactions, we were able to hear different personal stories in regards to the school, which made our team be revealed to the differences in circumstances of these students to our own.
“I’m working as a teacher’s assistant while waiting for someone to marry me” said a young girl in Kihyun who was faced with arranged marriage.
The condition of the school was also much different to that we have at our own school. There were no lights to light up the classrooms as well as were huge cracks on the walls. Most basic facilities such as tables and chairs were not in a condition to be used. Drinking water and sewage systems were also not in place.
During this visit to the school, we began to understand the impact that a education could have on children, a community, and well as the future generations of Nepal.
Although Project Lotus mainly focuses on rebuilding the school our visit to Kihyun Primary School made us reaffirm the fact that our ultimate goal is to provide quality education that can empower communities of rural Nepal.