The new building
Picture of old school. This picture shows the old school building in a dangerously dilapidated state (crumbling structure, holes in roof, dark, poorly ventilated rooms).
Location: Ganesh Himal area in remote hilly region of Nepal
Date: 2007 – 2008.
Partners: Hilly Region Development Club (Nepal); AusAID (Nepal); NepaleducAID (Austria); Churchie School (Brisbane, Australia).
Objective: To replace the structurally unsound lower secondary school at Tawal.
Outcomes: A new seven class room school building completed and in use by students within one year.
Details: Executive members visited Tawal in Nov 2006 to deliver jumpers from NAFA knitters in Brisbane and to monitor progress of the Tawal Health centre constructed by NAFA/AusAID funds in 1999/2000 (see Completed Projects Page). In consultation with the Tawal village committee NAFA members assessed that the 35 year old school building needed replacing. A funding application to AusAID for financial assistance with building a new school was submitted in November 2006 and approved one month later. With combined funds from NAFA, NepaleducAid (an Austrian charity), AusAID and Churchie School in Brisbane, the preliminary construction of the school began in July 2007 and was completed in late November 2007. The school was officially opened by NAFA President, Rod Setterlund in February 2008.