Movements Of Assisting In Remote Nepal
Posted in 15th Aug, 2019
In March 2016 our group of five Australians, took part in a community project in Junbesi assisting with the school reconstruction. During the 2015 April earthquake, three of the school buildings collapsed, forcing the school to relocate to a temporary school located near the KPHMN health clinic. Our job was to help clear the site of one of the collapsed buildings so that local engineers could assess the remaining foundations prior to reconstruction. Over the course of six working days, we shifted many tons of rock and rubble to the school playground, resulting in the creation of a large mound of rock in the playground that we named Mt. Junbesi.
During our stay in Junbesi, we experienced the Holi Festival and did not escape being daubed with brightly coloured pigment! On another day many of the school children and their teachers came down to where we were working and we were able to form four chains of hands working in parallel, greatly increasing our flow of rocks to Mt. Junbesi. We also had a few rest days where we walked up to Thuptenchholing Monastery, and Phurteng where our hoped-for a view of Everest was thwarted by cloud. We stayed at Choti’s lodge and one night we had a party there with the teachers from the school. We experienced disco Junbesi style, dancing in circles around the wood-fired stove. It was quite something!
At the end of our time in Junbesi, it was satisfying to see the results of our rock hurling work. We were looked after well by our trek leader Pratap and well-fed by our cook Kumar. Some of us are planning to go back in a year or two and it will be interesting to see how far the school reconstruction has progressed. Thanks to Ang for organising a memorable trip.