Mount Everest from Kala Pattar - Photograph taken by David Allen during a sponsored trek in 2005 The children at Upallmudi school having outdoor classes as the building work goes on - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

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Upallmudi Project

Upallmudi School before any work - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang The first new building for Upallmudi School nearing completion - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Upallmudi is located in the Dolakha region of northeast Nepal and is reached after a two hour (three for tourists!) uphill walk from the main road.

Upallmudi School is a Nepal Government school with approximately 120 students ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old. The school was built in 1988 and receives very little financial assistance from the Government.

The Headteacher requested assistance initially to make the building secure and weatherproof. However, it was decided to knock down the existing building and to completely rebuild. Work began in December 2006 and local people were employed to undertake the demolition and construction. During this period it was decided to add additional rooms by the construction of a second building. Work was completed in 2008 and the school is fully operational. Two additional teachers were employed with their salaries being paid by the charity so that Upallmudi School now has five classrooms with one teacher for each class.

A pleasing side effect of having a much improved school building is that it is now being used daily by 12 women after regular school finishes. The ladies are studying Nepali and English, 2 hours a day, 6 days a week from 4pm until 6pm). The Nepalese Government provides funds for an adult education teacher but the ladies had been unable to find a suitable location. They approached the Headteacher at Upallmudi to see if it would be possible to use one of the school classrooms for their studies and he was happy to help. The original Headteacher, Mr Bhirkhar Tamang, is now back at Upallmudi and the temporary Head, Mr Double Bahadur Tamang, has since found work in nearby Charikot.

See photographs of the children and villagers of Upallmudi here.

Villagers demolishing the old school and saving any good usable materials It took 45 minutes to walk back to the school carrying newly quarried stone Shaping the stone on site "Preparing new timber which had to be carried for three hours back to the school
Villagers demolishing the old school and saving any good usable materials - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Quarrying for new stone. It then took 45 minutes walk back to the school carrying the stone. - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Shaping the stone on site- Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Preparing the wood after felling the trees. It then took 3 hours to walk back to the school carrying the wood - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Villagers preparing the site for the second two room building The door frames go in Raju in the foreground with some of the builders Work in progress for the second building
Villagers preparing the site for the second two room building - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

The door frames go in - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Raju in the foreground with some of the builders - Photograph taken by villager

Work in progress for the second building - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Upallmudi school with two new buildings almost finished. The site needs clearing and a surrounding wall built
Upallmudi school with two buildings almost finished. The site needs clearing and a surrounding wall built - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang

Upallmudi school completed incuding the enclosing school yard wall
Upallmudi school completed - Photograph taken by Raju Tamang