Women and men from the Village of Bung help with the preparation of the foundations during the monsoon rains
Mr Ang Gombu Sherpa, Treasurer Classrooms in the Clouds, Nepal, Report from Shree Sagarmatha Higher Secondary School
"....During my 6 days in Bung, not even a single day was a clear day and it was raining all day long. Still the construction team kept working and we managed to transport the building materials. The monsoon was supposed to be at end but we received cats and dogs even at the end of the season, it has made it tough to collect the building materials and also work on site......."
I’ll like to update few things from the Construction Site, Bung. I was at Bung for about a Week beginning from 6th September from Kathmandu and returned back on 19th September. The purpose of my visit was to transport around 300 kg worth construction materials that we had to buy in Kathmandu to proceed with the building works in Bung. Those stuffs were not available in Salleri, Bung, Sotang or the local market there. It was mostly the heavy iron knot bolt and nails, iron plain sheets, angle for the truss and more metals that were required for the building work. Cements and rods for the initial construction was available in Sotang so we have been buying it from there. I had to stay in Salleri for two nights to receive those materials. The monsoon rain was really challenging to transport the building materials to the work site.
The construction work at Bung is being led by the CitC Technician/Engineer, Sonam. I was at the Building site, I could observe how professionally the work was being done at the site. There are 16 full time labors on the site employed by Snoam/his company Khumbu Sherpa Construction. They were starting with digging the foundation when I was there. The site observation, construction designs and plans had already been acted by Sonam on the site. We have also managed the local contribution in proper and effective way this time.
We had a clear plans to record the School’s contribution, coordinate the purchase of building materials and appointment of local labors in the construction team to ensure participation of locals in the construction work. During my stay, the coordination for collection of local materials, and the external building materials for the foundation work was done. Now, Our site observer, Dandi Sherpa (CitCN Committee member) has been actively being involved in coordinating the SMC and Construction Committee to pull in the building materials and other local contribution. The construction work has been going on smoothly and we are almost to tying the DPC band for the classrooms.
During my 6 days in Bung, not even a single day was a clear day and it was raining all day long. Still the construction team kept working and we managed to transport the building materials. The monsoon was supposed to be at end but we received cats and dogs even at the end of the season, it has made it tough to collect the building materials and also work on site. Especially, the rain has obstructed the extraction of sand from the river and transportation of building materials like cement and rod due to the landslides on the way. The workers have used tarpaulins to cover the construction site and keep working in spite of the rain. Must appreciate the work they have been doing. We even thought of stopping the construction work and focusing on the collection of building materials but the positive response of the committee has built our confidence to carry on our work in spite of the challenges. So we’ll still be proceeding with the construction work.