By Melsam Ojha
Kathmandu: A quake-hit school building was reconstructed with support from the Chinese assistance. The first permanently re-built school building of Yuba Sahabhagita Secondary School was constructed with support from the Chinese people after the devastating Gorkha Earthquake 2015.
A ceremony was organized on September 19 to handover the newly reconstructed Yuba Sahabhagita Secondary School (Yuba SS) in Kathmandu. Yuba SS reconstruction project was donated by Suning Group Company Limited (Suning Group), and operated by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA).
As the quake severely damaged the school building, around 700 students had to pursue their education with much difficulty under the tin-roof that used to get wet and muddy during rainy season while very hot in the summer.
Luckily, the unpleasant learning period finally ended. With the newly re-constructed Yuba SS, all the students can now study back at the bright and pleasant classrooms.
The ceremony began with the Chinese and Nepalese national songs followed by lighting Nepali traditional oil lamp “Panas” symbolizing best wishes.
Yang Shichao, Political Consular of the Chinese Embassy in Nepal, Dr Govinda Pokharel, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority, Sun Weimin, Vice President from Suning Group and Chen Hongtao, Deputy Secretary General of CFPA were present at the ceremony.
More than 800 people with cheerful face including students and local publics of Nagarjun Municipality were at the venue to observe the ceremony.
Kamal Rimal, Principal of Yuba SS in his welcome speech thanked the Suning Group and CFPA for their enormous efforts to reconstruct school and offering big opportunities to the students.
Likewise, Counselor Yang spoke highly of China’s outstanding company Suning Group’s charitable action, as well as CFPA’s efforts in strengthening people-to-people diplomacy. He expressed that the completion of Yuba SS reconstruction work represents a new chapter of China-Nepal’s friendship under the “Belt and Road” Initiative. “It is the first school erected by Chinese NGO but should not be the last though it is not easy task because Nepalese ordinary people have high respect and love for Chinese people”, said Yang.
Vice Chairman Sun shared his understanding of charity in his speech. He addressed, “Suning Group would like to become a Charity Doer, letting the “charity seed” fly over the top of the Himalayas and grow from the heart of the students at Suning – Yuba Sahabhagita School.”
In addition, Mr. Sun expressed his sincere thanks to the Government of Nepal, the Chinese Embassy, the NRC, CFAP, as well as the diligent workers for the reconstruction. Moreover, he wished that students would do better progress and work for their nation loving her as own mother.
DSG Chen from CFPA introduced CFPA’s development since 1989 and its internationalization since 2005. He also expressed his appreciation to the donor Suning Group, local partner Safa Sunaulo Nepal (SSN), Nepal’s government ministries and experts.
He said that “Suning Group and China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation work together to support Nepal’s school reconstruction. It is a beautiful portray of “love without borders, people helping people”. It is also a symbol of the long lasting friendship between the two countries and its people. ”
After the speeches, students from Yuba Sahabhagita Secondary School happily performed Nepal’s traditional welcome song. All the guests were impressed by the performance and applauded.
The board member of Nepal’s Social Welfare Council, Mr. Rakesh Hamal, thanked China’s charitable company Suning Group for supporting Nepal’s post-disaster reconstruction, and CFPA for respecting Nepal’s INGO management rules in registering CFPA Nepal Office as well as the following health and medical support, school reconstruction, community development, water safety, and support for disabled people. Mr. Hamal also said that CFPA in Nepal’s work explains “love without borders, people helping people”, deserving and is wining Nepalese people’s respect.
After the ceremony, the guests also offered 700 Love Packages (school bag and stationery) to the students. A Chinese clothing company in Nepal donated 60 winter clothes. Also, China Children’s Press and Publication Group and Current Publication donated more than 400 Nepalese-version Chinese story books. The teachers and students from Yuba SS welcomed the donations and expressed their happiness and sincere thanks.
Yuba Sahabhagita secondary school is chosen by CFPA from the list of 8,000 destroyed schools in Nepal (list provided by the Ministry of Education). With the approval of Nepal’s Reconstruction Authority and the Urban Construction Planning Bureau, the reconstruction work was provided by a qualified local agency, and finished according to Nepal’s post-disaster reconstruction criteria.
CFPA has been active in Nepal to operate the Chinese people’s fund in proper way after the massive earthquake and consequent tremors struck Nepal in 2015. CFPA has carried out more than 15 projects including disaster investigation, life rescue, food provision, disinfection treatment, health care, and material distribution.