Since 2007 Room to Read has implemented earthquake-resistent technologies in our building designs. The Room to Read-constructed building (right) survived both quakes unharmed, while the adjacent structure (left) was completely destroyed by the shaking.
Of the 399 schools we assessed post-earthquake, just 7% of the classrooms Room to Read had built sustained major damage.
Room to Read’s Nepal team is working closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure that children are able to start their academic sessions with the learning resources they need.
We are committed to undertaking immediate recovery activities that align with our core areas of expertise in literacy and girls’ education.
Room to Read will use the Nepal Education Fund to support communities to ensure as many children as possible are able to return to a safe school environment that has the necessary learning materials to function. With the vast need in the country, we have defined our course of action to benefit the greatest number of children with the resources available. We are focusing our recovery efforts in districts where we currently work or have worked in the past.
Our highest, immediate priority is the children, schools and communities of the Nuwakot region, where the most severe destruction has occurred. Our strategy allows us to leverage our government relationships and field staff to implement reconstruction projects more quickly and efficiently.
With the requisite resources, Room to Read will establish partnerships to extend our reach where we can into the Dhading region, another significantly impacted area with active Room to Read programs.
When our team has received the support necessary to address the damage across our program communities in Nepal, additional donations will be directed to support our areas of greatest need and ensure we can continue to provide our programs to children in low-income communities around the world.