Introduction

HELP- Our background and track record

Helambu Education and Livelihood Partnership (HELP) is a local NGO set up in 2009 with a goal to improve quality of education in some of the remote village schools in Sindupalchowk, some 70 kms northeast of Kathmandu. Our education programmes have supported around 90 schools, benefitting over 10,000 children in many of the outlying and impoverished villages in Helambu valley and the adjacent valleys; and majority of our programmes are funded by a UK based charity, Mondo Challenge Foundation. We work closely with communities and education authorities for sustainable results and villager empowerment. Our key team members are from Helambu and went to local schools. We have an in-depth knowledge of the needs of the region and have excellent project management skills. HELP’s Director Jimmy Lama obtained a Master’s degree in International Development from Institute of Development Studies based at Sussex University, UK.

Very quickly after the first earthquake in April, we started to deliver emergency supplies and shelter. In total we supported more than 3000 families in 32 villages in the Helambu region and have constructed 226 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs) across 45 schools. Our priority is now to rebuild classrooms and damaged facilities and provide desks and books that were lost in the earthquake.

According to government figures, of the 545 schools in Sindhupalchowk district, about 545 were destroyed. This means the government has an enormous challenge and that the chance of receiving attention for our more remote schools from other agencies is low. We have therefore signed a MoU with the Department of Education on the 7th October 2015 to help with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 15 schools. And, we are pleased to report that constructions are underway across seven schools currently and we recently opened the first fully rebuilt/retrofitted school at Shree Pema Chholing Lower Secondary School on the 25th of April and another at Shree Satdharay Lower Secondary School at Birkharka.