In April 2015, Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake. As much as the earthquake was a tragedy, it was also an opportunity for us to promote new approaches to teaching that value emotional well being of students. In just over a month, we trained 277 trainers who went on to train 6,412 teachers in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavre, Nuwakot and Dhading. Our efforts that started with just three teachers ultimately reached 200,600 students.
I can never forget the horrifying experience of 7.8Mw or 8.1Ms on Richter scale earthquake on 25 April, 2015. Luckily there was no casualty of life among my family and friends but there was a huge loss of property. Just 22 km away from Kathmandu, Chhatre Deurali, a village in Dhading where i was born, 95% of the mud houses was turned into rubbles. People there got some supplies and were expecting more. Like in other places people made their own shelter with whatever resources they had. Seeing people living under tarps and corrugated metal sheets, i felt like doing something in the village. Read more
When the aftershock struck midway through the training session, I could see uncertain faces sitting around in the room. Located on the second floor, the training hall had a single door for entry and exit and the walls had multiple cracks. Nervous but resolute, the participants decided to continue with the session we were facilitating. The determination shown by the teachers to continue was praiseworthy. However, the 5-hour session, initially planned to be 7 hours long, had not started with the same zeal.