NRVT Schools Solar Power Project
Solar Power & Teaching Resources for Schools in Jaleshwari and surrounding area
Solar power installed at the remote Rhupangmare primary school in collboration with The Deepings Rotary in spring 2018. Rhupangmare is in lower Solukhumbu and is three hours walk from Jaleshwari.
In February 2017 NRVT chariman Chris Burns made the trip to Jaleshwari with trustee Pasang Tamang to donate and set up projectors and educational resources including DVDs and an e-library, all of which can now be used thanks to the newly installed solar power. There is currently no possibility of receiving internet in Jaleshwari so these items were very enthusiastically received.
The trip was made by jeep. It is the first time that this has been possible as the road has only very recently been opened. The jeep ride was arduous and took a day and a half although it is only around 300km in distance.
Chris visited each of the three Jaleshwari schools and was welcomed with much dancing and ceremony! In each school pupils immediately crowded round to watch to watch DVDs shown using the new projectors. For many of these children this was the first time they would have seen a proper screen and they would certainly have seen nothing of this size before as there is hardly any electricity in Jaleshwari. Most households have enough for one or two light bulbs.
Watch a video clip from Chris's trip to Jaleshwari showing what it's like to move around in rural Nepal. Click here
Nepal Remote Villages Trust
donations of livestock
This early initiative by NRVT entailed donating livestock (mainly goats) to families identified as being in extreme need. Goats provide food security and also the possibility of selling offspring to provide income for school fees, uniforms and healthcare.
NRVT NGO chairman Pasang Tamang is confident that each family has enough land and water to comfortably keep 3 - 4 goats. The steep terraces mean that the traditional farming of maize and other vegetables is highly labour-intensive. With only very basic tools and equipment it is also back-breaking work. Goats and native cow breeds can graze on the sloping hillsides and provide valuable milk, and, as the flock grows, meat.
The map of Nepal (below) shows the Khotang region and the location of Jaleshwari.
Jaleshwari village is very remote. Situated in Khotang in the Lower Everest region of Nepal, it is 3 days walk from the nearest bus stop and 4 days walk from Namche Bazaar on the Everest Base Camp trek.