Solidarity Nepal distributed educational materials to one hundred and forty eight poor students of Shree Indrachock Primary School, Bishukharka-6, Bhirkhani, Gulmi nearly 485km from the Capital City, Kathmandu, on Friday September 14, 2012 marking Children’s Day. A SN team consisted of President Rajendra Gautam, Vice-President Dipak Khatri, Gulmi District Representative Laxman Subedi, Joint Secretary Kamal Poudel, and Member Dipendra Sharma went to Gulmi for this mission. Journalist and SN Reporter Anil Sharma, friends: Anup Karki, Bhawana Khatri and Niru Gyawali were present on the occasion.
SN team left for the mission at 8.00pm (12th September, 2012) from Kathmandu. The SN team arrived at the school premises at 10.00 am, after having long journey from Kathmandu on September 14. All the members of Solidarity Nepal were welcomed by the Principal Homnath Gautam and teachers. Then, the team went to inspect the class-room and students.
After half an hour’s inspection, the school arranged a formal distribution ceremony. The ceremony was chaired by Principal while President Gautam was requested for being the special guest. Teacher Netra Prasad Sharma, on his welcoming speech, cordially welcomed all members of Solidarity Nepal. He was very happy to see SN members in such a noble and generous activity. According to him, such help was very necessary for the students and the school.
His speech was followed by teacher Ghanshyam Subedi’s remarks. He recalled his early student life and shared about the difficulty he faced for getting education at his childhood. He had to walk nearly four hours a day to get the education. He shared about the present state of school. He appreciated SN and spoke that this type of support will highly encourage and motivate students to perform even better. He further wished for the continuity of this programme in future as well.
Then after, President Gautam distributed educational materials to 148 students from class 1 to class 5 respectively. Each student received 1 dozens of exercise books, 3 ball pens, 2 pencil, 1 eraser, 1 sharpener and 1 scale. He was assisted by Vice President Khatri, Gulmi District Representative Subedi, and Joint Secretary Poudel. After the students, SN team handed a note book, some motivational books for each teacher. Similarly, the team handed a globe, some dictionaries and some story books as a reference materials for students. Then after, the team handed the sports materials (which included some volley balls, net, some badmintons, chess, skipping, carom board, tennis balls, etc.) to the teachers.
After the educational materials distribution, Special Guest President Gautam was requested to delivery a speech. In his remarks, he said that he was very happy to be here after nearly two year’s time. In August 2010, President Gautam, Vice President Khatri and Treasurer Krishna Pd. Gautam had a courtesy call to the school and could distribute a very small pack of stationary materials. Similarly, a small need assessment was done by the SN team at that time. The team had promised to do something for the school. Recalling the same visit, President expressed that Solidarity Nepal exists for contributing in the area of education, health and environment and we were very happy to help such wonderful kids of this poor community. He disclosed that to reasons behind this programme were to support poor students with the educational materials and keep them physically and mentally fit with the sports materials. He termed this as the formal beginning and hoped for a long way to go. He said that if the distributed materials be properly used, we would be very happy to continue this programme. For this, the school authority should ensure the best use of the materials. He thanked all the students and their guardians and hoped that these educational materials will support a lot in their study. He thanked Principal and school authority for a warm welcome as well as the wonderful arrangement of the distribution ceremony. He wished to visit the school in March 2013 as an evaluation visit.
After President Gautam’s remarks, Gulmi District Representative Mr. Subedi expressed his happiness to be a part of such a praiseworthy event. He highly appreciated the generosity of Solidarity Nepal. He expressed that this type of programme will certainly enhance the motivation of the students. He assured to extend all possible supports to the SN in future.
Principal Homnath Gautam was very delighted with the success of the programme. He thanked SN team without which support such a grand distribution was not possible. It is the first time in the history of Shree Indrachock that such a distribution could happen. This type of programme was quite necessary for poor students of Bhirkhani. He also thanked SN for providing reference materials for the school which are of great value. He wished SN to continue this programme in the future and assured for the proper use of the given materials. After his remarks, he declared the closing of the formal distribution ceremony.
The event was financially supported by Mrs. Kamala Poudel, Advisor of SN and Mr. Kamal Poudel, Country Representative of SN Australia.