Shree Panch Pokhari Primary School
Shree Panch Pokhari Primary School Located in Singba Village, Jiri municipality ward no 1, Dolakha Region, Nepal, nestled in the foothills overlooking the snow-capped mountain ranges of Gauri Shanker. This government run primary school which caters for 55 students from Class 1 to 5 was rebuilt following the earthquake that devastated Dolakha region by the D2E team with the generous support of schools, organization, friends and family predominantly in Australia, as well as in the USA, Switzerland, Dubai and Poland. D2E ran a fundraising campaign with the help of the charity, chuffed.org, which raised $16,000 AUD to rebuild 6 classrooms from September 2015 to the opening in April 2016. Volunteer trips to the school have provided opportunities to add much needed resourcing, teacher training and intensive cross-curricular literacy workshops with the children. From February 2016, D2E has been sponsoring the training and ongoing wages for an additional early childhood teacher to provide a much needed service for the many pre-school children.
We are proud of our sponsorship as it offers a young female teacher an opportunity to earn a much needed salary and receive specialist training in a remote region with high levels of unemployment.
Besides our focus on education, D2E has also teamed up with health teams (pediatric nurses and dentist) to provide basic hygiene training for children. The volunteer experience is life changing and involves the unforgettable chance to stay with a family, to work alongside a proud community who have really taken on the challenge of rebuilding for the future of their kids, and to feel part of something which is sustainable and mutually beneficial. Our focus is on two way learning and in cultural immersion - so you never feel like a ‘tourist’ looking in but a part of the family. D2E can tailor a volunteer trek experience to the individual and/or groups’ expertise and interests. Currently we have facilitated volunteer treks that combine participation in the school community with journeys that take you off the beaten track along paths that meander past Buddhist temples and prayer wheels through vibrant, gnarled rhododendron forests and breathtaking 4000m+ viewpoints of Everest and the snowcapped massifs from Pikey. You will feel like you are on top of the world and have stepped into another realm as you descend through craggy cliffs past quaint farm houses with yaks. Our Pikey volunteer trek provides insight into both Hindu and ancient Tibetan cultures. If more challenge at greater heights is your thing and time is not your enemy, D2E can create a volunteer trek package that takes in Shree Panch Pokhari Primary School and re-trace the epic steps of Sir Edmund Hillary via Jiri up to Everest Base Camp. We pride ourselves on being able to create unique experiences that have the added benefit of providing much needed funds into the local economies of communities struggling to survive.