On November 3, 2023, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Jajarkot District in Nepal. The earthquake caused 157 fatalities and damaged around 8000 houses, including hundreds of schools.

Due to the destruction of many schools or their unsuitability for use, classes are now being held in the open air. To help address this issue, Rukmini Foundation is collaborating with local organizations such as Hattiban Sewa Samaj and Sikharapur Community Learning Center to construct temporary classrooms. This initiative is similar to the response during the earthquake of 2015.

A team led by Principal Ram Kumar Basnet of our partner Setidevi High School, Sokhel, along with a few board and staff members of Rukmini Pratishtan, our local body, will head to Jajarkot District in late November or early December. Their goal is to help build a few bamboo schools similar to the one in Shikharapur that we helped to build in the wake of the 2015 earthquake. This project is our effort to not only offer some financial support, but also to share the experience and knowledge we gained through our own experience. We hope it will help the community in Jajarkot rebuild through education.

About Nabin Aryal

Dr. Nabin Aryal led the foundation’s work in Nepal from the inception till April 2015. He is now serving as a special adviser from his new home in Myanmar where he works with the US and Nepal Teams to provide strategic guidance for the foundation. He received a PhD in Economics from Hitotsubashi University and has been managing NGO programs in underdeveloped areas in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka and has extensive experience in grassroots development efforts.
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