Nepal Govt. Regd. No. 1224/064, SWC Affiliation No. 22612

Tracksuit & Bag Distribution

Tracksuit & Bag Distribution is a project to give tracksuits and bags to the public school students of rural communities, especially in Gorkha district. The project was born because we realized the importance of a project that can be quickly initiated and completed but solves important problems. The project has been designed in consultation with school headmasters, teachers, students and local governnment authorities such as ward office and rural municipality office.

The tracksuits are multipurpose. They can be worn as uniform at school when the students’ main uniforms are dirty. They can be worn during sports activities. And the most important use is that the tracksuits keep the students warm in winter. When the temperature drops more and it gets colder, the students can wear other clothes such as high neck inside the tracksuits and warm themselves. As for bags, they help the students to easily carry books and notebooks. Bags will also protect books and notebooks from getting lost or from damages that can be caused by mud, rain and storm.

Location:

In Jan 2020, as a pilot test for this project, we distributed tracksuits to 1,550 students in a few public schools of Arughat Rural Municipality. This led to more requests for tracksuits from many schools of Gorkha.

And, in our current phase, we will be distributing both tracksuits and bags in to 10,300 students in three rural municipalities. They are:

Chum Nubri Rural Municipality: It lies in the northernmost part of Gorkha. It shares a large portion of its borders with Tibet and many of its inhabitants go to Tibet for trading and work. Its total area is 1,649 square kilometers and is divided into 7 wards. It has 19 public schools and 1,350 students. Even though Chum Nubri has bigger area, its population is smaller compared to other rural municipalities because it is located in high altitude and a large part of its area is uninhabitable Himalayas.

Dharche Rural Municipality: It lies in the northern part of Gorkha district. It shares some of its borders with China. Its total area is 551.52 square kilometer and is divided into 7 wards. The rural municipality has 25 public schools and 3,750 students.

Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality: It lies in the southern part of Gorkha district. Its total area is 101.35 square kilometer and is divided into 8 wards. The rural municipality has 40 public schools and 5,200 students.

 

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. Especially the public schools of the mountain communities face more challenges. They are underfunded and need more help.

We’ve identified the need for tracksuits and school bags for the poor schoolchildren of the mountain communities. These students have only one set of school uniform which is mostly dirty and torn. And, a lot of them don’t have bags, and carry books and notebooks in their hands or in plastic bags.

In a pilot test conducted for the project in Jan 2020, we distributed tracksuits to 1,550 students of a few public schools in Arughat Rural Municipality. The test was positively received by all and the word about it quickly spread. We received requests from many schools and local government officials from all over Gorkha for tracksuits to be distributed to their students.

Our final goal is to distribute tracksuits and bags to all the public schools students of Gorkha, which is above 60,000. But that will depend on the funding available to us. If we get donors, we will cover all students of Gorkha. But for now in this phase, our current goal is to help 10,300 students from Chum Nubri, Dharche and Bhimsen Rural Municipalities. We are starting from higher villages and will move to others areas.

Each student from three rural municipalities will get 1 tracksuit and 1 bag. The students from Chum Nubri and Dharche will receive 1 liner with the tracksuit because these two rural municipalities are located in higher altitudes and therefore have colder weather. The students from Bhimsen won’t receive liner as the place is located in lower level.

The student details of each rural municipality are as follows:

Chum Nubri Rural Municipality

Grade

No. of Students

ECD (Early Childhood Development)

132

1

276

2

141

3

132

4

122

5

219

6

86

7

70

8

60

9

59

10

53

Total

1,350

 

 

Dharche Rural Municipality

Grade

No. of Students

ECD (Early Childhood Development)

495

1

387

2

339

3

350

4

383

5

341

6

384

7

345

8

310

9

236

10

135

11

45

Total

3,750

 

 

Bhimsen Thapa Rural Municipality

Grade

No. of Students

ECD (Early Childhood Development)

469

1

374

2

318

3

359

4

372

5

406

6

455

7

549

8

512

9

377

10

438

11

288

12

283

Total

5,200

November Progress Update – 2020

Our project is moving forward smoothly. The following are the tasks we have completed:

  1. With the help of respective rural municipalities, we collected data regarding the number of students starting from ECD (Early Childhood Development) to grade 12.
  2. We prepared the project proposal and submitted to Social Welfare Council for approval.
  3. After Social Welfare Council approved our project, we received the funding for the project from our donors.
  4. We issued a tender notice to interested manufacturers in one of the major English newspapers in Nepal.
  5. We are currently in the process of selecting the right manufacturer.

In the future, we will complete the following tasks:

  1. Once we select the suitable manufacturer, the production of tracksuits and bags will start and continue.
  2. When the products are ready, tracksuits and bags will be packed and prepared for transporation to the schools and villages.
  3. Three team members from Sambhav Nepal, who are locally based within the project areas, will oversee the transportation and distribution of tracksuits and bags. We will transfer tracksuits and bags to the villages accessible by roads for distribution. For villages inaccessible by roads, we will hand over the transporation and distribution to the local ward and rural municipality offices.They will bear the cost for this distribution themselves.

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.

January Progress Update  – 2020

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.