Figure 1. Main Building of Janakalyan Schoo

School and the Water Supply Project

Janakalyan Secondary School was established 82 years ago in the regime of Rana Dynasty in Nepal to provide a religious education to the upper class ‘Brahmin’ people of the region, but the infrastructure does not still coincide with the requirements needed for the educational system of Nepal.
The team reached Janakalyan Secondary School, Bhimapokhara at 12:30pm. The location of the school is on the upper hill part of the settlement and not really wide enough for the infrastructural development. The floor was dusty; walls of the buildings were not plastered properly; benches were not well structured; doors/windows were not enough for the health and safety of the students.

Figure 2. The Author with red T-shirt, with School Staffs

The school staffs - Head Teacher Mr Hari Prasad Sharma, other teachers Mr Lila Ram Sapkota, Mr Sushil Gautam, Mr Bhumeshwor Regmi, Mr. Danda Pani Sharma, Mr Bhakta Nath Gautam, Mr Nara Bahadur Thapa; BYC staffs – advisor and immediate-past vice-chairperson Mr Bidhyapati Sharma, immediate-past chairperson Mr. Chandra Mani Upadhyaya, Executive Members Mr Suresh Thapa and Mr Bhimsen Thapa heartily welcomed the team showing a great pleasure of assistance to the school and the community from Resolve International.

Figure 3. Water Stand-post of the School

The author first looked at the water tap with a stand post on the courtyard of the school building, which had 24 hrs supply with a locking system on the cock to save the water to be misused. The stand post was made convenient for drinking purpose to the school students and staff.

As described by the school staffs and BYC members the school used to use water from the contaminated well which is a long walk away from the school untill last year. At that time a staff had to carry buckets of water for drinking purpose and for the use of toilets. The school had to appoint an assistant (peon) just to carry water and serve the teacher and students. Although the water had to boil and chill before it was ready for drinking.

Figure 4. A Woman carrying water from the well

The School Management Committee with the coordination of BYC constructed the water supply system for the school with the help of Resolve International. The water supply scheme used a spring source located at higher altitudes. The water was conveyed by pipes from the sources to the small reservoir located at the corner of the school premises through gravity flow.

Figure 5. Small Reservoir of the Scheme

Then the water further conveyed to the stand post and to the toilets. The stand post was located in the central part of the school so that each block had easy access on it. The water was sufficient for the current use of school. The local people use another source of water in the village for their household uses. The spring water from the high altitude forest remains perennial through out the year.

Figure 6. The Tap with Pressure of Flow

Likewise, after the construction of the scheme each toilet was connected with a separate line of water. The staff and the students are highly benefitted from the scheme of water supply, which was expressed publicly by students and head teacher in the mass meeting during our visit on 8th of February 2010. As seen in the photo the toilet buildings as well as internal accessories were of a low quality standard,.

Figure 7. School Toilets Building

Feedback and Comments from the consumers

The project for providing water supply facility in the school was crucial for the Management Committee. The importance of the project was also realised by the local community and BYC members, but there was no available funds to implement the project. When BYC was supported financially by Resolve International to implement the project, BYC initiated to complete the project.

The reliable source of the water was a spring 2km away from the school on the top hill of the forest. The intake and pipeline was not the sphere of monitoring. The small reservoir was constructed to collect the water and distribute proportionally as per the requirements. The system was made satisfactorily; the author did not find any notifiable comments on their efforts.

Figure 8. Kamala Poudel of Year 9

The author received lots of positive and optimistic feedback from teachers, staff, students and local people. The Head Teacher Mr Hari Prasad Sharma mentioned that “the school had to drink non-potable water from the well and the toilets have no water at all. A bucket of water at toilet was not enough for few students. Teachers had to look after the students for studies as well as the water problem”. He further added that “the two stand posts for drinking purpose and tap water connection at toilet have given a far most relief to the students and teachers”.

The Author addressing the school

The similar stories added by the students, but a girl of year 9 Kamala Poudel further explained their needs and requested for educational materials, tools and equipments for science lab and some computers for IT education. She reminded that they are studying in 21st century, which is an era of science and technology, but they have no facilities to use them. Still many of them have not seen a computer till today, far beyond to discuss about the science lab. Kamala added “the value of water supply project is a mile-stone for the students”.

Figure 9. Min Bahadur of Year 9

Another student Min Bahadur BK of year 9 also pointed out the needs of compound fencing and sports stuffs for the school. He added on the issue of water supply in the school that “the project was great achievement for whole community and students”. Many other local people, teachers and students expressed their gratitude to the BYC and Resolve International on the water supply facility they have provided for the school.