New School Helps Restore Spirit of Nepal Villagers

Village children return to school, thanks to the Scientology Nepal Disaster Response Team

The village of Ratomate has not returned to normal—and indeed the concept of “normal” may be forever changed by the devastating Nepal earthquake on April 25 that destroyed homes, infrastructure and the village school here, some 70 km southeast of Kathmandu.

But with the help of a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers, the children are back in school today and life in the village is moving forward—the feeling of overwhelming destruction replaced by the camaraderie of working together to build for the future.

Some of the volunteers who participated in the project of building new classrooms for the village of Ratomate, Nepal

With hundreds of thousands of buildings destroyed by the earthquakes and aftershocks in April and May 2015, one of the main concentrations of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers teams in Nepal has been demolition and construction.

The feeling of overwhelming destruction
has been replaced by the camaraderie
of working together to build for the future  

After learning the needs of Ratomate, a team was assembled to tackle the project of building what would double as a community center and, if needed, a shelter for villagers from outlying communities, made up of volunteers from Mexico, the United States, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Afghanistan, India, Fiji, and Scientology Volunteer Minister-trained Nepalese Scouts, all coordinated by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response—a truly international effort.

Hearing of the project, a sanitation team arrived to set up proper bathrooms to handle villages hygiene needs.

With materials donated by an NGO and bamboo gathered from the countryside, the volunteers began their work and were joined by 25 villagers who said that working together to accomplish the project helped lift the spirits of the entire community.

After several days of intense work, the project was completed with a ceremony where the Volunteer Ministers formally delivered the school to its principal on behalf of the village. 

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