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.