King’s Lynn Academy is very pleased to be twinned with Amrit Secondary School in Nepal.
We communicate with the school through letters, we support the school by fundraising, and most importantly we enjoy being part of another community.
Amrit Secondary School
Class: 1 to 10 (approximately 35 in each class)
Many of the children at Amrit Secondary School eat only one meal a day and some walk 4 hours to school and 4 hours home. Education is the only thing that gives them a way out of an existence below the poverty line. They are very lucky that this village has a physical school building; many villages have only grass roofed shelters.
Learning English is vital to Nepalese children if they are to get jobs and trade. Their parents live a subsistence lifestyle growing crops and bartering for clothing and medical supplies. It takes several days to get to a hospital in many parts of Nepal.
The red colour on the volunteer’s head is “tikka”, a powder placed on people as a welcome to the village. The classrooms leak when it rains and have mud floors. There is no glass in the windows and no heating of any kind. This school has no books, pens or paper. Children often sleep in lessons because they are tired and hungry from long journeys to school on only one meal a day.
Nepal is warm and pleasant during April and May and in October. In our winter months it is extremely cold with temperatures much lower than we experience in our winters here in the UK. During June to September torrential monsoon rains cause havoc and many people die in landslides and floods. These children are walking down a path damaged by rains. In the monsoon, the only toilet at the school was washed away and the retaining wall that prevents the school sliding down the hill was damaged. These children currently have to go to the toilet in bushes next to the school. They need money to build a proper retaining wall with firm enough foundations to withstand monsoon rains. This is expensive (about £3,000) because it is so difficult to get materials to such a remote location. The average monthly Nepalese family income in remote villages is 5,000 Rupees (about £5 a month).