Completed Projects

Shreepur Handicapped School

In 2007 the Sarimilla Trust was requested by the village committee in Shreepur to assist them in building  much needed dormitories, toilet/shower block and a kitchen at a handicapped school in their village. Over 30 children attend this valuable school some having to travel up to 8 kms a day. The village committee wanted to build facilities so that children could board for five nights a week instead of having to make the arduous journey each day. Some of the children have to be carried to and from the school by their parents or teacher. Funds for such a project were not available to the committee, they had tried to lobby the government with no success.

The Sarimilla Trust has provided the funds for the construction of these new facilities and in 2008 the new buildings were constructed. We were pleased to visit the site in 2008 before our overland motorcycle journey from Kathmandu to Kendal in the UK to raise funds for our projects in Nepal. The buildings were very near completion as you can see below.

Near Completion

Due to price rises around the world which affected everyone in 2009 work virtually came to a standstill at the school. Funds for furniture are still required for the dormitories along with the completion of plumbing and electrical installations. In a meeting with the village committee on our visit this year we committed ourselves to press ahead with plans to finish the work required. Our funds need to reach a large number of people, unfortunately finances can become overstretched when finances run low.

School Meeting 2010

The Trust is now focusing on raising the funds needed to complete the work required to enable the children to take advantage of these urgently needed facilities. We would appreciate any financial assistance to help us achieve this goal.

Inventive wheelchair

July 2010 –  Work continues on the school, plumbing has been completed in the shower and toilet block and a water tank fitted on the roof.

Water Tank ready for use

Work on the kitchen continues, plumbing and electrical instalation is near completion.

Cutting tiles

Food Prep Bench

The Staff and Shreepur village committee have been given assurances from the government in Nepal that more staff members will be supplied to the school once the new building programme has been completed. However the government has stipulated that a secure compound must be built before they will honour this. Parents of the children and school staff would also feel happier that a wall be built around the school for the security of children staying in the new dormitories. We have agreed to to finance the building of the wall.

Update November 2010

The school enclosure is very near to completion as seen below. Some of the old materials have been used in the construction of the enclosure saving on cost and transport. Hopefully the children can take advantage of the new facilities very soon. We will be visiting the school again in Feb 2011.

Secure Fencing near completion

The toilet and shower blocks are now fully functional and as you can see below the school grounds are also being used for growing their own rice. Waste water from the shower blocks is being recycled for use in the rice field.

Rice production

Updated March 2011

Our visit this year saw the opening of the dormitories, fourteen children are now accommodated for five nights a week at the school. The toilets and showers are in full working order and the kitchen has been finished, all of this is a far cry from the two rooms and one small toilet that served as a school before our building programme.

The Shreepur village committee and local residents lobbied hard for the government to provide two more staff and funds needed to run the new facilities. This has made it very much a school of the community the Sarimilla Trust has provided the funds for the building of all the new facilities.

The new Dorms

The new Kitchen

Opening speeches

Dawn with Principle & chairman of village committee

Update March 2012

On our visit this year we were pleased to see that the new buildings were fully functional and the children were enjoying their new facilities. A lady has been employed as a house mother so there is always someone on hand for the children. Locals groups have contributed to the running of the school and the local Rotary Club is also contributing.

Students Feb 2012
We are currently looking into providing solar lighting for the school as the electricity supply in the winter months is provided on a time share basis. Nepal cannot produce enough electricity to supply all it’s needs so districts including those in the capital Kathmandu can be without power for upto 16 hrs a day.
This obviously causes problems for the school, a reliable supply of lighting is essential for the school.

Thank You to everyone who has contributed to the refurbishment of this very important community school. Without your help and support the children and staff would still be in their old situation.


Gangkharka/Bandang is a small Sherpa village in the middle hills of Nepal. It is a 7 hour bus ride, followed by a 2 day walk from Kathmandu. The region has no roads, electricity or running water. Many locals have moved to either Kathmandu or India where life is considerably easier. Those remaining endure increased hardship due to decreasing numbers.

Old Bandang School

The Old School

Children spend their time collecting water and firewood and tending to animals. Yet, despite the hard work, they are extremely keen to go to school. Bandang School serves the children of its village as well as 3 surrounding villages – which are up to 2 miles away. Pupils make this long journey on foot every day.

The original school was built 13 years ago by the Nepalese government but was never completed. Supporting beams have rotted away leaving the whole structure listing to one side and unfit for its intended purpose. Trustee, Elizabeth first visited the school in March 2001 (before the Sarimilla Trust was formed), after being asked by members of the LYCP (Lhagang Youth Community Project) to teach English to the pupils. They were also looking for help to rebuild their school. On returning to England, the Trustees began raising money for the project. Trustees revisited the school about 3 more times, before enough money was raised to begin work. Finally in November 2003, Jimmy Sherpa returned to Nepal and begun to organise the project.

The old building was torn down, with some materials being re-cycled for the new building. Stones were carried up from the valley by porters, and chiselled into shape on site. The wood was also carried by porters from surrounding areas. The corrugated iron sheets for the roof were bought in Kathmandu, transported by road to Melamchi and then carried once again by porters to the building site. 50 Porters were hired locally and paid by the Sarimilla Trust for this work.

Jimmy and the Kids of Bandang School

Jimmy and the kids of Bandang School

All workers were hired locally and paid the normal rate for their work. Most of the workers were from the surrounding area and have children who will benefit from the school. They were thrilled to be working on their new school. Chefs were also hired, and food paid for by the Trust provided the workers with meals each day.

Fundraising began in March 2001 and work began in November 2003, with the new school being completed in February 2004. The final cost was £5,500.

The new school

The new school

A ceremony was held by the villagers to bless the school and to thank the Sarimilla Trust and their sponsors.

Having visited the school in February 2007, the Trustees were extremely happy with the building work, however there are a few issues that still need addressing. The flooring needs to be finished, more layers of plastering and some new school furniture. Jimmy Sherpa is more that happy to carry out this work, however, commitments in the UK has so far hampered this. Due to harsh weather in this area, the maintenance of this school will be an ongoing project.