Salesian missionaries in Nepal are still hard at work with long-term reconstruction efforts after the devastating 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April, 2015, with a second earthquake following just weeks later. The United Nations reported that more than 1,300 schools were destroyed during the earthquakes.
Today, thanks to Salesian missionaries, 10 rural schools have been rebuilt and equipped.
Children and youth from Sankhu, within the district of Lalitpur, were able to return to school at the beginning of the new school year. The school also has a kindergarten so that even the youngest children in Sankhu can access a quality education.
Among those present at the school’s inauguration were the head of the village development committee, Dhurva Ghimire, and the head of the Salesians in Nepal, Father Augusty Pulickal. Salesian missionaries living and working in Nepal for more than 25 years have been engaged in long-term reconstruction efforts, helping communities to rebuild homes and schools as well as offering important training to increase the capacity of communities to deal effectively in the aftermath of disasters.
The Nepal Don Bosco Society entered into an agreement with the government of Nepal for the reconstruction of 12 public schools in areas most affected by the earthquakes, 10 of which have been built. Salesian programs are also helping to train teachers and supply school materials in order to offer quality education for children.