In the earthquake of 2015 a Child Development Centre for 60 children between 3 and 5 years old in rural Sindhupalchok, Nepal, was completely destroyed.
Since then the children have had little access to a safe place to learn and play. These centres are critical for giving impoverished young children a good start in life.
Children that attend these early development centres are far more likely to go onto a school education and perform better than those that stay at home until school age, many of whom by that point will not go to school at all.
This was the worst earthquake effected area in the entire country in terms of fatalities. Many of the children lost parents, grandparents and siblings in horrific circumstances. In the 3 years since the earthquake very little aid has got to this village and the children have been confined to a makeshift tin shed for their daily learning and play.
Having broken ground on the centre in March, we visited the children and their community high up in the hills of Sindhupalchok exactly 3 years after the earthquake.
We met with the village leaders, teachers, parents and of course the children to discuss the needs of the village and the issues facing the children and their future prospects.
There is an overriding sense of community support for this programme and everybody with whom we spoke was adamant that this project is an absolute must for the future prospects, health and happiness of these children,
In September we will open the doors to a brand new centre with 2 large classrooms, an assembly hall, a teachers office and a playground with slides and swings.
SOME PHOTOS OF THE CHILDREN AND OUR VISIT