“Project Majhi Gaun is our first underprivileged village where we are implementing our innovative community model to uplift the deprived and make the community prosperous.”
Majhi Gaun- The village of fishermen
Educating Nepal started at Majhi Gaun, a village at Bhotsippa-9, Village Development Committee (VDC) in the Sindhupalchowk district, which is 80 kilometers north-east of Kathmandu. The distance is not much, yet you get to see real life there.
Majhi Gaun translates literally as ‘the village of fishermen.’ Previously, the majhis (fishermen) never thought much of formal schooling as they inherited from their ancestors valuable fishing and ferrying skills, which had sustained their lives lavishly until some time back. It is a completely different story now. Water pollution, increase in population and rapid construction of hydro power projects have gradually deteriorated the natural habitat of the fish, hence forcing the Majhis to give up their ancestral occupation.
Further, it was also difficult for the Majhis to migrate from their permanent establishment as they had been living there for centuries. Consequently, the lack of an immediate alternative source of sustenance and inability to adapt quickly enough struck them with poverty. The worst part is that the current generation neither has the fishing skills nor education to sustain itself. It is this plight of the Majhis and a sense of urgency that prompted Educating Nepal to step in for an elated renaissance of the community.
Besides, the Majhi children have also had a hard time going to school because of the three major difficulties. The nearest school is a two-hour uphill walk which is almost impossible for eight-year olds. To make matters worse, the school is located in an area where the Brahmins, supposedly the highest caste-group, make up a predominant majority and, hence, run the school exclusively for their own children’s education. Such dictates of deep-rooted casteism or social discrimination have reduced the Majhi children’s chances of attending a school altogether. And the last difficulty, of course, is that of poverty.
Over the past decade, the Majhis have finally resorted to agriculture and farming for their subsistence, which now requires their children to engage along. It is noteworthy that the entire village had only one person (Balbahadur Majhi) who had graduated high-school, a grade-level recognized in Nepal as the School Leaving Certificate (SLC). Mr. Majhi was proud of his achievement and, therefore, was willing to shoulder the responsibility of giving the same opportunity to the children in his village. Now, with the help of Educating Nepal, Balbahadur has been looking after construction and administration of the school for 5 years now. This is a short story of our establishment. But, we want to write books on it. We want to write such stories throughout Nepal, wherever needed.
- Jholunge, Bhotsipa-9 (Majhi Gaun) is located 85 North-East from Kathmandu
- Majhi Gaun, one of the most deprived communities of Nepal with archaic fishing and boat ferrying profession.
- The isolated village by the bank of Jhyadi River comprises of 85 homogeneous households with a population around 500.
- Nearest school and Primary Health Care facility before EN was at a distance of 3hrs uphill walk.
- Project Majhi Gaun- Our work before Earthquake Community school by the name Suryodaya Primary School in operation, providing free quality education to over 130 students, nursery through grade 4 till date The first generation in entire ancestral line up to be attending a school
- 31 member Community Task Force CTF (ama samuha) also referred as WOMEN (WOnderful Mothers Educating Nepal) taking the lead in developmental aspects of the community
- 9 member youth wing as an executive body of CTF
- 5 mothers are under training with sewing, stitching and embroidery skill.
- 2 youths trained and have started a poultry farm.
- 3 youths run Jholunge transport company
- 2 youths run a grocery shop and a restaurant.
- 3 youths have started Jholunge saw mill
- A bigger scale Community Farm to generate revenue for the school is next investment.
Plans in Hand
Complete infrastructural aspect of the school
Clear off debris from April 25 earthquake and prepare the land for new rehabilitation
Construct 85 houses for the community
Encourage more entrepreneurial activities in the community
A large scale business that provides for the economy of the community and sustains our school as per the model
The ultimate plan of EN is build model community which can be replicated in many other marginalized communities of Nepal or even other developing nations. The recent earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes has shifted our priorities. Whatever work we did prior to the earthquake has been completely disregarded. The school is only the remaining infrastructure in the village. So our work has restarted in a form of earthquake relief, permanent rehabilitation to restoration of independence of the people. The post disaster psychological and economical recoveries are our prioritized concerns. So we are building a well planned community with proper urban planning. We will use our tools of 4 Es’ and in addition alternative energy and innovation to reconstruct the community.
Suryodaya Primary School
Suryodaya Primary School is a school run by us where children from underprivileged Majhi...
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