Nepal: Lumbini Girls School
Graduating Class Encourages Incoming Students: Q1 2019
April 01, 2019
Summary of Activities
RMF has been active in Nepal since 2015, when we arrived shortly after the devastating April 25th earthquake to provide emergency relief services and strategize a long-term plan to help strengthen education and healthcare systems in Nepal. We focused on strengthening Kanti Children’s Hospital, the only government referral level children’s hospital in Nepal; supporting orphans and vulnerable children in Kathmandu; and reaching the underserved populations of rural areas, such as Arupokhari and Bhotenamlang. Through our emergency relief work with Venerable Metteyya Sakyaputta, founder of the Nepali organization Global Karuna, we also learned of Karuna Girls’ School in Lumbini, Nepal.
In August 2017, RMF began construction for a new 4-classroom building at Karuna Girls’ School with a capacity of 200 students. Construction of the building was completed in April 2018, and the building was officially handed over to the school management. This is a step in helping the school to meet its long-term goal of accommodating 500 students.
Currently, RMF’s new focus at Karuna Girls’ School is in supporting the salaries of two of the school’s teachers, Mr. Virendar Chowdhary and Mr. Sanjay Kumar Biswokarma.
As each Nepali year ends, a new intake of students enrolls at Karuna Girls’ School, bringing fresh energy, higher expectations, and unmatched enthusiasm for the opportunity to continue their studies, make new friends, and learn useful vocational skills.
The graduates were given an opportunity to share their feelings as well as their experiences at the school in front of the new students. As these new students have recently chosen to break away from the tradition of early marriage in order to obtain an education, they are just beginning to find their ways both at school and in life; thus, it is particularly important for them to hear the stories shared by the graduating class.
On January 20, 2019, the 7th and 12th grade girls organized a welcome ceremony for new 6th and 11th grade students. On this occasion, the 7th and 12th grade girls prepared lunch for the new students and offered them garlands as well as tika, a colored powder paste used in Nepal to mark the forehead in honor of special occasions and to welcome or honor an individual.
On January 2, 2019, the school organized a game of musical chairs as a part of their extracurricular activity calendar. The girls get very excited to participate in extracurricular activities, and many competitions and games are organized each month. These games are quite popular among the girls, and as a result, there were many participants. Thus, two groups were formed, and two separate games were played. Chairs were kept in circles to accommodate the number of participants. Since there was no electricity at that time, music could not be played, so a student was assigned to ring a manual bell instead.
Karuna Girls’ School was founded in 2013 by Global Karuna, a branch of the Nepali organization Lumbini Social Service Foundation (LSSF). The school is Lumbini’s only inclusive all-girls school, where girls can study regardless of religion or caste.
RMF began working with Global Karuna shortly after the April 2015 earthquake, and we are pursuing plans to construct an additional building for Karuna Girls’ School and, in partnership with the school, develop a nursing and midwifery program.
- To build capacity at Karuna Girls’ School
- To develop a nursing and midwifery school
- To improve the education, health, and wellbeing of girls and women in Lumbini