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CAIRN Schools

The Need

  • Schools in rural Nepal are usually remote and challenging to reach. The steep hills, long distances and poor paths make education in the villages often unattainable for children and difficult for teachers.
  • Children walk up to three hours each way to get to school. Their arduous journeys result in terribly low and sporadic attendance as well as delayed start at school (often not until the age of 8-9).
  • The schools that do exist are often extremely dilapidated with crumbling walls, dirt floors & dark with no windows.
  • The Nepalese Government does not have the resources to fund enough schools in rural areas. The onus thus falls on some of the poorest local communities to provide the school building, with the Government then funding some of the teachers and their salaries.
  • The six months of monsoon rain provides a very small window for construction to take place.

What is The CAIRN Trust Doing?

Our Aim

To bring good quality schools to the heart of remote villages in the Himalayas.

Our Approach

  • We carry out extensive analysis to identify the neediest communities and educational projects, with our local implementation partners.
  • We involve communities from the onset ensuring that we develop the correct school offering. We also gain a commitment from the community that they will contribute, in kind, at least 30% of the project costs.
  • We provide the funding for the building materials, whilst the communities demonstrate their commitment by providing the labour for construction, donating the land or sourcing local materials.
  • Our local teams work on site monitoring progress and ensuring that the highest quality schools are constructed as quickly as possible.
  • We equip the schools with furniture and basic resources so that students have an appropriate environment to learn in.
  • We operate a maintenance programme for existing CAIRN Schools, to ensure that they are meeting the constant needs of the students.

Our Results

  • CAIRN has constructed 23 educational buildings consisting of schools, a hostel and nursery schools
  • Provided 115 classrooms for children to learn in
  • Improved access to education for over 5980 children