The Ganesh Than school rebuild is complete.
What was only one month ago a destroyed, condemned and uninhabitable shell has been transformed into a brand new, four room school building.
The tarps at the temporary school site have been packed away, an important step both practically and symbolically in the community’s recovery process and soon, after the Darshain festival, the teachers and students will move into their new classrooms and resume regular learning.
As for the team, after weeks of digging trenches, bending steel, mixing concrete, welding in hard to reach places, laying thousands of bricks and rendering (Ayo!), they put their tools down and feet up, for a well deserved rest – and a few games of Carrum.
On the final morning in Ganesh Than, the community leaders, teachers and families from all around came together with the WYI team to celebrate the school’s completion. As with their arrival, the team were painted with red tikka and draped in leis and scarves, before being treated to a Nepali dance performance by some of the younger students. The delivery of new desks, sports equipment and books were well received and the nailing of the plaque to the school wall was the final formality.
Then it was time to say goodbye – all piled into the back of a truck, for a slow, bumpy, dusty and completely ungraceful ride to the bottom of the mountain, but you wouldn’t have it any other way.