Communities Through Education
Building Temporary Learning Centers in Okhaldhunga district
Located in a remote area in the eastern hill region of the country, Okhaldhunga was greatly affected by the earthquake. Of the 331 schools in the districts, 257 were badly damaged.
Communities in Okhaldhunga improvised school structures using local materials such as tarpaulin and bamboo. However, seasonal changes of wet weather led to an increased risk of landslides and floods which added to the complexity of meeting existing needs and gaining logistical access to the area. This then created an urgent need for school retrofitting and reconstruction that could withstand these changes.
As a result, during the recovery phase of the earthquake response UNICEF appointed Street Child as the lead education organisation in Okhaldhunga, in order to provide support to one of the hardest to reach districts affected by the earthquake.
Our Work Resulted In:
Schools from 5 Village Development Committees (VDCs), Bilandu, Pokali, Ragani, Raniban and Singhadevi were selected for support in Okhaldhunga based on our school damage assessment in coordination with the District Education Office.