Primary School Sanitation Project

Rural areas in Nepal traditionally lack poor adequate sanitation facilities. Trash and human waste contaminate trails, roads, and water sources. Limited resources, along growing population, inadequate education, and isolated, villages contribute to poor public health. The 2015 earthquake intensified the sanitation problems in Nepal, destroying buildings and toilets, contributing to the spread of disease. Hygienic sanitation, including access to toilets, is crucial for health, and adequate school sanitation facilities reduces the spread of disease, boosts class attendance, and improves student and staff productivity. 35 miles (56km) from Kathmandu, teachers at Patelshor Primary School in the village of Phalante, Kavre District conducted classes post-earthquake under tattered tarps held up with sticks, without access to clean water or functioning toilets.

Our Impact

Elevate Nepal’s 2015 budget lacked the funds necessary to rebuild Patelshor’s Primary school encompassing 259 students, but with assistance from Trek Nepal Foundation, we arranged for the laborers and materials necessary to build two toilets, purchasing building materials strong enough to withstand future earthquakes. We were welcomed with gracious Nepali hospitality, and the project was a community effort; involving five villagers with previous construction experience to lead the project, and many community members volunteered labor after long days spent harvesting rice for winter. School students helped move rocks and rubble during school breaks and between lessons. The Elevate Nepal team provided guidance, based on our knowledge of the building trades.

The project was completed in three weeks. The school now has two toilets – one for boys, one for girls, and two washbasins, encouraging hygiene and providing a healthy environment for students and staff. The villagers and school staff thanked us, and an Indian non-governmental organization (NGO) has rebuilt the primary school.

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