Back to Pokhari Banjhain, my second home

Written by Jessica Elvins

In 2017, I spent 5 months at Maya’s Aapswora branch. Last week, I was lucky enough to re-visit my second home. Walking into the school I was greeted by smiling faces and warm welcomes, it felt like I’d never left.

During the storms in April, the school unfortunately lost 4 of it’s bamboo classrooms meaning bedrooms and storerooms had to be turned into classrooms. Then, just a few weeks ago, the school lost it’s last bamboo classroom leaving one class being taught outside under a rain shelter. Fortunately, they are currently building a new, temporary classroom for these students and, as long as the rain holds off, it should hopefully be up and running soon.

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Before the rainy season, the school was lucky enough to have 2 new, concrete classrooms built. As the school continues to grow, now having 6 classes, these new sustainable classrooms are a welcomed addition. While at the school, I got the chance to paint a few walls of the new classrooms.

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After many hours of drawing and painting, I was rewarded with happy smiles from the students who loved their new class. What made them even happier was the little treat I’d brought from home – space hoppers. Each morning I would be greeted by excited pleas for the space hoppers. They would then race up and down, happily bouncing without a care in the world.

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Overall, the Aapswora branch is doing well. As always there are difficulties but the teachers are still enthusiastic and, as always, the students are happy playing, learning and growing together.

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