Date: February 4, 2016
A school reconstruction initiative launched by Hsinchu City-based
Volunteer Link Taiwan is helping more students continue secondary education in post-earthquake Nepal.
Launched in November last year, the NT$ 2.4 million (US$70,989) program aims to have two buildings with nine classrooms opened in July at Shree Shanti Adarsha Higher Secondary School in central Dolakha province.
VLT President Wang Shiao-fang said Feb. 3 that she was inspired to start project while volunteering in Nepal and seeing the school’s students continuing to attend classes in corrugated iron shacks after two earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.3 devastated large swathes of the landlocked Himalayan nation last April and May.
“I was moved by their willingness to learn despite the disaster,” she said, adding that VLT seeks to heighten public awareness of the challenges faced by the school’s 396 students.“No effort is being spared in encouraging collaborative reconstruction work in the school community.” [FULL STORY]