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Nepal Govt. Regd. No. 1224/064, SWC Affiliation No. 22612
Helping the Public Schoolkids of the Mountain Communities by Providing Tracksuits, Schoolbags, Woolen Hats, Notebooks, White Shoes and Socks
Tracksuit & Bag Distribution is a project to give tracksuits, bags and other necessary materials to the public school students of rural communities, especially in Gorkha district. The project was born because we want to address some of the problems faced by the students of public schools in the rural mountain communities and make their student life easier. The project has been designed in consultation with school headmasters, teachers, students and local government authorities such as ward offices and rural municipality offices.
Nepal has private and public systems of education. Private schools are expensive, found mostly in urban areas and attended by the children from stronger economic backgrounds; whereas public schools are cheaper, found in both urban and rural areas and attended by the children from weaker economic backgrounds. Public schools are largely funded by the government and also by donors who want to help poor kids. These schools don’t have sufficient facilities that the students can use. The education in the public schools is free but for everything else, such as uniforms, books, shoes, stationeries items, etc, the students have to pay themselves and it is difficult to pay for these for most of the students whose families are in unstable financial conditions. Prem K Khatry, our President/Founder, grew up in the rural community and attended public schools all throughout his student life and he very well knows the problems and challenges of students in public schools. And through this project, he wants to address and solve these problems.
Why this project?
Who are the beneficiaries?
The target location for this project is the entire Gorkha district, which is divided into two parliamentary constituencies: 1 and 2. Below is a list of municipalities and rural municipalities of each constituency and the number of students who have already received tracksuits, schoolbags, notebooks and woolen hats from us:
Constituency 2 (Estimated total 25,000 students in Phase III):
Note: The above data is updated in January 2022.
We have completed the distribution of materials in 3 rural municipalities: Tsum Nubri, Bhimsen Thapa and Dharche. During the pilot test of this project, we provided tracksuits to 1,550 students of Arughat Rural Municipality; there are many more students here to receive and we will provide the materials in the future. After that, we will continue to the remaining municipalities and rural municipalities of Constituency 1. Then, finally, if more funding is available to us, we will expand our project to Constituency 2.
Nepal has many remote areas where a lot of people live in poverty and need help from others. Gorkha district is one of such places in Nepal. This is also the district where our President/Founder Prem K Khatry was born and raised. Like many noble men who want to give back to the society where they are from, Prem wants to do something for his home district, especially underprivileged communities, and make a huge difference in their lives. It’s very difficult for a single person to run charitable projects all over Nepal but Prem hopes that by implementing various philanthropic projects in Gorkha, he can inspire other capable people to do something for their district. If many people give back to their communities in all 77 districts of Nepal, it doesn’t take long for Nepal to develop and be a prosperous nation.
Our President/Founder Prem is also an adventure travel entrepreneur. He owns and runs a number of tourism & hospitality business ventures. To give back to his communities and help the underprivileged people, he started Sambhav Nepal in 2007. Our organization has since done many activities and projects such as school renovations, scholarship sponsorships, earthquake house & school rebuilding, toilet & library construction and so on. During the Covid-19 pandemic, which is still ongoing, our organization provided emergency response. We provided relief food items to needy families and medical supplies to fight the coronavirus. During the second Covid-19 wave in 2021, we also provided 6 fully-equipped ambulances to various municipalities and rural municipalities of Gorkha.
Melanie Kreuzer has been supporting Sambhav Nepal since 2008, but starting from 2015, she has become our most important partner. She started and registered Sambhav Nepal – Schweiz in Switzerland and is single-handedly responsible for expanding the scope of Sambhav Nepal. She is the planner, initiator and leader of many of the projects. Because of her efforts, Sambhav Nepal is expanding, operating multiple large and small projects, and bringing huge positive changes in Gorkha. We have been executing various important projects to benefit all the people of Gorkha such as Rebuild Home Gorkha, Bhawani Higher Secondary School Boarding House, Covid-19 Emergency Response, Bhairabi Primary School, Himalayan Ambulance, PCL Medical Courses, Personal Hygiene Kits and many more to come in the future. This has been all possible because of Melanie’s leadership and involvement. Melanie with Prem is planning several health, education, local economy and culture related projects which will have lasting positive effects on the people of Gorkha and will lead to a great development of Gorkha.
The project addresses and fulfills the need of tracksuits, school bags, woolen hats, notebooks and white shoes with socks for the students of public schools in Gorkha. These materials (some of which are introduced for the first time in public schools in Gorkha such as tracksuits and notebooks) make it easier for the students to study. By providing these to the students, the project aims to increase student retention, prevent school dropouts and promote effective learning. Most of the students in the public schools come from economically-weak families who can’t afford these materials, so we are donating these to the students and helping them.
The most important reasons we want to distribute woolen hats & tracksuits, especially tracksuits with fleece lining in higher altitude villages, is to help the students cope with freezing temperature and ensure they are able to attend their school regularly. The higher villages receive snowfall every winter season and the temperature drops below zero degree. Because of this, many students stop going to the schools and stay at home wasting their time. Our tracksuits with fleece lining and woolen hats will help the students to get warm and preserve heat in their body and go to their school in cold temperatures and stay in their classrooms to study. This will help to prevent students from being absent or dropout and encourage them to continue their education.
The main target of the project is to help about 66,000 students of public schools of Gorkha by distributing tracksuits, school bags, woolen hats, notebooks and white shoes with socks. Helping such a large number of students takes massive funding and time, so we are doing this project in various phases.
We initially conducted a pilot test in Jan 2020 to see the initial response from students and check if the project is a good idea to expand. We distributed tracksuits to 1,550 students of public schools in Ward No 7 and 8 of Arughat Rural Municipality (It is the birth village of our President/Founder Prem K Khatry). Our President/Founder is from these wards of Arughat and he wanted to collect feedback from the area he knows well. The pilot test was a great success and positively received by students, their families and the schools. We received requests from many schools and local government officials from all over Gorkha for tracksuits to be distributed to their students.
We started Phase I from Tsum Nubri Rural Municipality, which is the northernmost and remotest region of Gorkha and shares borders with Tibet. Under Phase I, we have completed distributing in Tsum Nubri, Bhimsen Thapa and Dharche Rural Municipalities. You can find more details in the Progress Details tab.
Our estimated target number of students for Phase II is 28,500 of Arughat Rural Municipality, Gorkha Municipality, Sahid Lakhan Rural Municipality and Gandaki Rural Municipality. It will be great if we receive funding for all these students at once. But, if we don’t have sufficient funding, we need the commitment for at least 6,500 students to start Phase II.
The materials we provide under this project are estimated to last for 3 years. So, we hope to redo the project in the same areas again after 3 years. We will provide the same materials to the students in Round 2 so that they can use our materials for next three years and comfortably continue their education. We hope we can do this project every three years and support the needy public school students. So, we are looking for a long-term donor to fund this project and make a difference in the lives of public school students.
Below is a table for each phase with its corresponding number of students and rural municipalities & municipalities:
|Phases||Rural Municipalities & Municipalities||No of Students||Materials||Status|
|Pilot Test||Arughat Rural Municipality||1,550||Tracksuits||Completed in Jan 2020|
|Phase I||Tsum Nubri Rural Municipality||1,412||Tracksuits, schoolbags, woolen hats and notebooks||Completed in Feb 2021|
|Bhimsen Rural Muncipality||5,450||Tracksuits, schoolbags and notebooks||Completed in Nov 2021|
|Dharche Rural Municipality||4,200||Tracksuits, schoolbags, woolen hats and notebooks||Completed in Dec 2021|
|Phase II||Arughat Rural Municipality||Estimated 28,500||Tracksuits, schoolbags, notebooks and white shoes with socks||Phase II not yet started. Shoes with socks will be added in the list of distribution items and all the students will receive woolen hats.|
|Sahid Lakhan Rural Municipality|
|Gandaki Rural Municipality|
|Phase III||Ajirkot Rural Municipality||Estimated 25,000||Tracksuits, schoolbags, notebooks and white shoes with socks||All the students will receive all the materials in the list.|
|Sulikot Rural Municipality|
|Siranchowk Rural Municipality|
We are giving tracksuits, schoolbags, woolen hats, notebooks and white shoes with socks to the students of public schools. Below is their list of materials with a short description explaining their uses and importance:
We are proud to announce that we have successfully completed Phase I of the project after distributing tracksuits, schoolbags, notebooks and woolen hats in all the wards (Ward No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7) of Dharche Rural Municipality.
The distribution benefited 4,200 students of Dharche Rural Municipality. We went to the schools in all the wards and handed the materials to the students. We distributed them the materials in the right time as the temperatures have sharply decreased in the last week of December. The tracksuits and woolen hats have been a great help for the students during this current winter season. They are very happy to receive our gifts.
We had already manufactured the necessary materials for Dharche many months ago but we had to store them in the factory in Kathmandu because of Covid-19 and monsoon. Dharche also lies in the northern part of Gorkha and doesn’t have road networks like in lower areas of Gorkha, so the distribution was difficult and time consuming. But, now it’s completed and all the students of public schools of Dharche have received our materials.
We hope to start Phase II soon. We have estimated 28,500 as the number of target students for Phase II, which will cover Arughat Rural Municipality, Gorkha Municipality, Sahid Lakhan Rural Municipality and Gandaki Rural Municipality. But, if we don’t have sufficient funding, we need the commitment for at least 6,500 students to start Phase II.
We have made a huge progress in our project. This month, from Oct 31 to Nov 03, we completed the distribution of tracksuits, schoolbags and notebooks in all the remaining wards (Ward No 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8) of Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality. Bhimsen is one of the important areas of the project and we are proud to have provided the items to all the public school students of this rural municipality.
In total, 5,450 students of Bhimsen Thapa RM have benefitted from this project. In March this year, we had distributed the items to 1,078 students of Ward No 01. And, in November this time, 4,372 students of the remaining wards received the items, just at a time when the winter is about to start.
Soon after the first distribution in Bhimsen Thapa RM in March, Nepal had the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that caused nationwide lockdown. As a result, the schools were closed for a long time and they started the physical classes only before the Dashain festival. In addition, the Covid-19 lockdown also caused the delay in manufacturing of additional tracksuits, schoolbags and notebooks. When the lockdown was eased up, the monsoon rains prevented us from organizing the distribution. This year the monsoon season lasted longer and we had many stronger & continuous rains.
We found the right time for distribution, just before the Tihar festival started. The winter is also just about to start, so we had to hurry up our distribution too. So, from Oct 031 to Nov 03, the Sambhav Nepal team lead by our Founder/President Prem K Khatry visited Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality and handed out the items to 4,372 students of all the public schools in Wards 2 to 8. It took us four full days to complete the work in this rural municipality and now the students will be able to use, especially their tracksuits, in this winter season.
Our project will now move to Dharche Rural Municipality. We are preparing the logistics and will soon depart for Dharche to carry out the distribution.
In March, we completed the distribution of tracksuits, schoolbags and notebooks in Ward Number 01 of Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality (We didn’t distribute woolen hats because Bhimsen lies in lower altitude and the students don’t need hats). The items were jointly distributed by Melanie Kreuzer (President of Sambhav Nepal Switzerland), Prem K Khatry (Founder President of Sambhav Nepal) and Ishower Pandey (Chairman of Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality).
This distribution directly benefited 1,078 students of 6 schools. The names of the schools are:
We will continue our distribution project to the remaining wards and schools of Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality which has a total of 43 schools and 5,345 students. Once we have fully distributed here, we will move to Dharche Rural Municipality.
In February, we started the project after completing all the necessary paperwork and manufacturing the items required for one rural municipality. We inaugurated the project by distributing tracksuits, schoolbags, woolen hats and notebooks in Tsum Nubri Rural Municipality. This has directly benefited 1,412 students of 20 public schools. Each student received one set of all four items.
Prakash Man Singh, former Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal and who is also the son of late Ganesh Man Singh (Ganesh Man Singh is known as the Father of Nepali Democracy), attended the starting event and inaugurated the project.
We couldn’t visit all 20 public schools due to time limit. Plus not all schools are connected by roads. Tsum Nubri is the northernmost region of Gorkha district and lies in high altitude Himalayan region and shares its northern borders with Tibet. So, we called teachers from other schools so that they can come to pick up the items for their students.
Our project is moving forward smoothly. The following are the tasks we have completed:
In the future, we will complete the following tasks:
After we distribute tracksuits and bags to 10,300 students, we will move to other rural municipalities. It will be better if we can continue this project for next years which will be enough to distrbute tracksuits and bags to all the students of public schools in Gorkha. But that will depend on whether we get donors for next phase. If funding is available, we surely want to help all students.
Back in Janurary of this year, we conducted a pilot test for the project. At the time, we distributed 1,550 tracksuits to a few community schools of Arughat Rural Municipality. The response from the test was positive. We received requests from many schools and local government officials from all over Gorkha for tracksuits to be distributed to their students. That motivated us to take our idea further and start the full project. We also decided that it’s better to distribute tracksuits as well as bags in higher villages first and then move to lower areas.