“Finetuning and very special training”
Approaching the Finish Line – And Going Beyond
The Kagate school project is nearing its completion. Then our focus will be to run the school on a lasting and sustainable basis meaning to make Kagate independent from donations. A very special and dedicated training will make MountainProjects future projects even more versatile. Both 2015 and 2016 annual financial statement reports are now available on the website.
It has been a bit silent for almost a year around MountainProjects and its Kagate project, which doesn’t mean at all we stood idly. We still believe in a gentle news dose to assure your curiosity. Summarising the progress over a certain period of time generates a more compact project overview.
Time pressure before the monsoon
Thanks to a perfect construction management by our architect Bikash Palikhey and the site overseer Anjan Suwal, we succeeded in completing the shell construction (Phase 3) of the main school building containing four classrooms. The time pressure before the yearly monsoon required a massive logistical effort due to stronger monsoon intensity forecasts compared to previous years. Its intensity seems to know no bounds and more and more becomes a severe issue for the entire region.
We would have seen considerable damage to the shell construction of the main school building for sure, had we not been able to complete that phase before the devastating monsoon hit the area. To bring the building into service soon, we now start with the interior construction. Minor works like fresh paint, repair works and maintenance will be conducted on the other two building at the same time. Needless to say, the main building like the others is an earthquake-resistant construction which not only protects the integrity of the construction, but also provides life-saving shelter to the kids and teachers when the next quake sends its tremors to the region. And that’s a sure bet!
To show to you the progress of the recent months, we have added a few pictures which we hope you will enjoy as a confirmation that MountainProjects handles your donations goal-orientated.
Ensuring Ongoing Operation
To build the new school in Kagate has just been the first step and we are very proud of our accomplishments bearing in mind the size of MountainProjects and the short time we managed to come this close to the finish line. Individual donors as well as companies booking Andreas’s lectures greatly supported us and made it possible to persistently keep track of our goals. The cooperation of all responsible managers, their courageous dedication to the project are as well vital contributions to the overall success. They all deserve my deepest gratitude as Founder and Chair of MountainProjects.
With the school just being the roof over the pupils’ heads it is now essential to breathe life into this infrastructure to allow many kids to walk their first steps into a brighter future. Let’s make the school a place of opportunities to open up new doors. A start line into their future. A place of light-heartedness and openness to allow the children to reach their greatest goals. “What is YOUR Everest?” A place of curiosity, inspiration and willpower. A place for the children.
Together with you we now wish to translate the MountainProjects vision of “1 Euro per child per day”. One Euro has the potential to change a lot in Kagate. To ask for this special help is certainly a sensitive issue in times of political debates dominated by unsolved migration problems in a quarrelling Europe. But we understand it as well as a chance for you to have scope for direct and personal input. Child sponsorship is your personal link to the children in Kagate. They grow close to our hearts and become part of our life.
This is exactly why I like to invite and encourage you to act as a sponsor. Please make up your mind about your important commitment and let us know by mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We then will explain the process to you. Thank you.
From the very beginning of our works, MountainProjects has discovered Kagate’s potential for autonomy. For development aid not to become a bottomless pit, villages and projects must bear potential for autonomy to stand on its own feet. We always kept track of this goal apart from just building the new school. The potential we see in Kagate comprises fertile soils for profitable, enduring agricultural activities and wild Ayurvedic plants good for trade flows with India and other countries. We will focus on bringing all this to life after having finished the school construction. All donations we have specially received for these purposes are still untouched and reserved for investments. Please be patient, we will get back in touch with you soon in this matter.
Bikash and me have brainstormed over future projects and we like to follow a totally different approach how to provide aid. We consider networking with other projects and NGOs, but might also collaborate with visionaries who see a need to help people in Nepal. There is neither only our way of support nor the one and only way and we must be openminded to different approaches.
In the light of this, Bikash’s timeout and extensive travelling through South America goes into that direction. To escape the monsoon and broaden his horizons. To meet people who have initiated and run alternative construction projects. Professional exchange, sharing experience and learning to see different ways of doing. A very special training on the job which allows MountainProjects to benefit from for future projects.
Financial year-end reports for 2014 and 2015 (German only) are now loaded onto our website at your disposal. We promised transparency and keep it. Many thanks to Mr. Spöhrer of Kanzlei Spöhrer und Partner, Munich for the preparation of the financial statements free of charge.
We did not loose sight of our goal to be awarded the label of Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (ITZ). Uploading the year-end reports and making them accessible to the public are vital first steps.
Last but not least, I like to bring to your attention a very interesting news feed which gives an in-depth insight into the never ending problems with Nepal’s post-quake reconstruction and that is almost four years after the devastating quake hit the country in 2015.
Your trust in us makes us proud. We will need it in the future as well. Keep supporting us please.
For the children.
Founder and Chair