As a part of “Nepal Earthquake Rehabilitation Initiative”, TATA Trust in partnership with Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha; Shree Sharada Higher Secondary School was reconstructed with the modern layout resistant to earthquakes and designed with disabled-friendly facilities in Sindhupalchowk. The April 2015 earthquake had badly damaged the school, destroying the classrooms, science lab and other facilities at school.
This special ceremony was also attended by Former Information and Communications Minister Mr. B.S. Taraporevala – Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts, Mr. Shambhu Prasad Dahal – Director, SIPRADI Companies Mr. Rajan Babu Shrestha – CEO, SIPRADI Companies, Mr. Rajesh Prasad Giri – COO, SIPRADI Companies, and Mr. Saurav Thapaliya – Vice President, Sipradi Companies. Ms. Amrita Patwardhan, Zonal Head, Tata Trusts, Mr. Dharani Ratno, Sr. Regional Manager, Tata Trusts and Mr. Tam Lal Pokharel, Area Manager, Nepal were also present in the ceremony. This handover programme was also attended by CDO, SP, Chief of DLPIU, District Army Chief – Sindhupalchok, Mayor of Barhabise Municipality and ward members.
“It was quite unfortunate that an earthquake occurred in Nepal in 2015 where many lives were lost, homes and schools were damaged, families were displaced and their livelihoods were affected. However, this gave TATA Trusts an opportunity to intervene beyond India and give assistance to the affected people in Nepal post the earthquake in 2015.” said Mr. B.S Taraporevala, Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts. “We hope this place will bloom the best minds of the country in the future.”
Similarly, in the programme, His Excellency Manjeev Singh Puri talked about how the friendship between Nepal and India goes back to the ancient times and the mutual respect both countries have for each other. He further emphasized on the ever ready support of India for Nepal’s economic drive. Whereas Mr. Toya Nath Nepal, Head Master of the School talked about the difficulty the school faced in conducting classes after the building was destroyed during earthquake. He even stressed on the point of studying outside after the earthquake damaged the classrooms. He expressed his gratitude to the Tata Trusts and Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha for their invaluable support to the school.
The newly reconstructed school has 12 classrooms, gender, disabled friendly toilet, computer lab, furniture friendly toilet and other amenities. The building is well-furnished and equipped, and is resistant to earthquakes and designed with disabled-friendly facilities.
Tata Trusts in partnership with Sipradiyan Sahayatha Sansthan have started “Nepal Earthquake Rehabilitation Initiative”, in which they have decided to support the reconstruction of 7 schools and a health post in Sindhupalchowk, which was the epicenter of April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal. Along with Shree Sharada Higher Secondary School, Shree Jalpadevi Secondary School, Shree Kupkanya Secondary School, Shree Marming Basic School, Shree Thapinarayan Basic School, Shree Kodari Secondary School, Shree Janjyoti Basic School and Phulpingkatti Health Post will be reconstructed with the aim to provide safety to the students, the teachers and the community for sustainable education and health care.
Adding to that, Mr. Shambhu Prasad Dahal, also the Senior Vice Chairman of Sipradian Sahayata Sanstha stated,”We have been giving our heart and soul to these rehabilitation project for the past few years. From structured engineering to the fully furnished classroom facilities, minor detailing has been taken care by the SIPRADIAN SAHAYATA SANSTHA. We have always given our sincere dedication to the CSR activities and will continue in the future as well.”