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We welcome you to join us on our mission to rebuild Budland School.
Let’s come together to give these children a better future
after they lost their school during the earthquakes of 2015.
 

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to rebuild Budland School as efficiently as possible, and with a strong earthquake resistant design. We have started looking into building technologies and meeting with our engineer  for a donated design. While planning the build we are aiming to deliver on a number of specifications.

  1. The school will have a comfortable working atmosphere for both children and staff, which is something they are deeply missing since the collapse of their school. We are currently talking to an experienced construction engineer to donate a design for us to use and we will update you as soon as it is ready.
  2. The building will have to solve all of the other environmental problems they currently suffer. The temporary structure is failing them and has reduced the efficiency of the school. The new building will protect them from the dust, monsoon, noise, harsh winters, and will be cooler in the summer months.
  3. The building will house classrooms for eight years of education, and will provide decent facilities for both learning and comfort. We also want to add a children’s library to the school, which we hope will improve extra curricular learning, both in Nepali as well as in English.
  4. The school offers school dinners and will also need a kitchen, a well functioning office and of course some permanent toilets. We will also be incorporating a safer, more enjoyable play area for the children’s break times.
  5. The roof will be of higher quality to better protect against the rain, and prevent future leaks. It will also help to reduce the sound of the rain during the monsoon season which is currently very loud against the corrugated metal, and as you can imagine, highly distracting for both students and staff.
  6. We are looking into making our own Eco-friendly bricks with machines that should be available to use and reduce the cost greatly. These are called Earthbricks and are made of cement mixed with soil and sand (you can see a recent demonstration on the volunteering page). There is a surviving building near to the village that incorporated these bricks into its design. With the right design and execution we are looking at the school building to have great longevity for well over 100 years.

 

We have spoken to the land owner, the school directors and the VDC (local government office), and have settled a legal contract on the use of the building and the land to only be used for education to protect the future of the school. Furthermore, the directors have signed a legal agreement to pay the goodwill forward and introduce a school scholarship program to help the least advantaged local children gain an education. Please visit our scholarship page.

 

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 OUR MISSION

Our mission is to re-build Budland School as efficiently as possible, and with a strong earthquake resistant design. We have started looking into building technologies and speaking with an experienced construction engineer for a donated design. While planning the build we are aiming to deliver on a number of specifications.

  1. The school will have a comfortable working atmosphere for both children and staff, which is something they are deeply missing since the collapse of their school. We are currently talking to an architect to donate a design for us to use and we will update you as soon as it is ready.
  2. The building will have to solve all of the other environmental problems they currently suffer. The temporary structure is failing them and has reduced the efficiency of the school. The new building will protect them from the dust, noise, harsh winters, and will be cooler in the summer months.
  3. The building will house classrooms for eight years of education, and will provide decent facilities for both learning and comfort. We also want to add a children’s library to the school, which we hope will improve extra curricular learning, both in Nepali as well as in English.
  4. The school offers school dinners and will also need a kitchen, a well functioning office and of course some permanent toilets. We will also be incorporating a safer, more enjoyable play area for the children’s break times.
  5. The roof will be of higher quality to better protect against the rain, and prevent future leaks. It will also help to reduce the sound of the rain during the monsoon season which is currently very loud against the corrugated metal, and as you can imagine, highly distracting for both students and staff.
  6. We are looking into making our own Eco-friendly bricks with machines that should be available to use and reduce the cost greatly. These are called Earthbricks and are made of cement mixed with soil and sand (you can see a recent demonstration on the volunteering page). There is a surviving building near to the village that incorporated these bricks into its design. With the right design and execution we are looking at the school building to have great longevity for well over 100 years.

 

We have spoken to the land owner, the school directors and the VDC (local government office), and have settled a legal contract on the use of the building and the land for the next 100 years to protect the future of the school. Furthermore, the directors have signed a legal agreement to pay the goodwill forward and introduce a school scholarship program to help the least advantaged local children gain an education. If we can meet our donation targets in the next few months we will look to start early in the next academic year. More information on this is available on the scholarship page.

 

 

Scholarships

A new program to help the least advantaged and neglected children.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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 OUR PROMISE

We are ambitious, but also ethical. It is very important to us that you understand how we will work to protect your donations. We promise to keep you informed along every step of the journey with us, so that you really feel you are part of the effort to rebuild Budland school. We promise to achieve this by regular email and blog updates, including pictures and videos. We believe in being completely transparent with all of our supporters. We promise to keep all receipts and blog all of the details of our spending in the latest news section of the website. We promise to keep all expenses to a minimum. We promise to draw no salary from this project. You can be assured that 100% of your donations will be going into the rebuilding of the school, which is mostly for the cost and shipment of the building materials themselves.

 

 
 OUR PROMISE

We are ambitious, but also ethical. It is very important to us that you understand how we will work to protect your donations. We promise to keep you informed along every step of the journey with us, so that you really feel you are part of the effort to rebuild Budland school. We promise to achieve this by regular email and blog updates, including pictures and videos. We believe in being completely transparent with all of our supporters. We promise to keep all receipts and blog all of the details of our spending in the latest news section of the website. We promise to keep all expenses to a minimum. We promise to draw no salary from this project. You can be assured that 100% of your donations will be going into the rebuilding of the school, which is mostly for the cost and shipment of the building materials themselves.

 

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So far this has been a totally voluntary effort almost solely on the part of David (our project director) himself,  and we intend for this Volunteer ethos to continue. We firmly believe this kind of work is not only deeply rewarding, but also some of the most fun you can ever have. David has forged very strong friendships in Nepal, with people that have also been doing what they can to help. This project would also not be possible without their commitment (please see the team page). Some of David’s old team will be coming back to work with him again as volunteers on this project, and we would welcome additional support if you feel you have the time and motivation to spare (for further information please refer to the Volunteer section).

This project is a real labour of love for us, and we want it to be a real success. This is your chance to really make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Please enjoy keeping updated with our blog below. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the project or want to join us on this adventure.

About Budland

Budland School has been open for eight years, currently educating 63 students. It was set up by five local partners, to help improve the village education, smaller classes and put more focus on the English language as well as Nepali as it gives a lot more opportunity to the child’s future. It is situated in the village of Baluwapati, within the mountains of the Kavre district, around 40KM away from the epicenter of the second earthquake.

Most of  the Baluwapati buildings collapsed. In the Kavre  district, most of the rural homes were badly damaged and people were forced to live in tents. 91% of houses destroyed, 318 human casualties, and hundreds of  schools destroyed.

Budland School currently lacks its previous facilities due to it still being a temporary structure of wood columns and beams and tin sheets. Inside it becomes very hot in the summer months, and very cold in the winter. They are desperate for a better and more efficient, working environment.

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ABOUT THE NEPAL EARTHQUAKES

Nepal was hit by a major earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 (or 8.1) on the 25th April 2015. This is the same earthquake that triggered the infamous Everest avalanche, and another huge avalanche in the Langtang valley, where 250 people were reported missing. It was followed by many heavy aftershocks with the strongest itself measuring 7.3 on the 12th May. Over 8,700 people died, 22,000 were injured, and an estimated eight million people seriously effected. The devastation will put a strain on the lives of millions for many years to come.

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All Photos  taken on site in Baluwapati at Budland School have been legally consented by the parents and guardians of the children for this projects publicity. 

Photos and videos shot by Sushil Babu Chhetri. Contact at whitebutterfliesmedia@gmail.com