The last couple days I have been working on an All Hands Volunteers crew to improve a temporary learning center (TLC) at the edge of Kathmandu. Many schools were destroyed during the earthquake and AHV has been and will continue to construct TLC’s so that students can continue to attend school during the monsoons.
This specific TLC had been put up quickly by the teachers so they could get school started up again as soon as possible. It needed some improvements to the frame and the roof. It was likely more difficult to work around the existing structure than starting new, but we did our best with the limited materials that we had. TLC’s last for about 2 years and soon AHV will switch over to building permanent schools.
TLC’s are important for many reasons. The first and most obvious reason is to help keep students in school during the monsoons so they do not fall behind. Schools are also a place for students to receive psycho-social support and give kids a place to just be kids. There is also link between lack of educational opportunities and human trafficking so getting the schools operating again right after the earthquake was a top priority.
This week I worked at sites clearing rubble, making improvements to an IDP camp, and fixing up a couple of TLC’s. I enjoyed the rubble work the most so far so I’ll be rejoining a rubble crew for the next few days. There is one more crew, 50 Homes, that I hope to join soon so more about that later.
Want to help build AHV construct more TLC’s and schools, donate here. XOXO