Reconstructed school building handed over

Sindhupalchok, Aug 6: Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru chapter has handed over a school building of Laxmi Devi secondary school, Phultingkot, Balefi rural municipality-2, that the chapter reconsturcted to the school management committee.

Speaking at the schol building hand over ceremony on Monday, Saresh Nepal, province No. 3 lawmaker, expressed thanks to the Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru chapter and Mahakaruna Buddhist Society Singapore for their assistance in reconstruting the school building that was damaged by the 2015 earthquake.

"I hope this new building will support in better studies of the children. We all, parents and teachers, should work together to make a good learning enviroment in school. As we are working for quality education, I also call upon donors, supporters for discussions on this as we are ready to work with you for quality education," Nepal said.

Chair of Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru chapter, Mr. Chong, said that the reconstruction of the school building was just a small contribution they had made to enable Nepali children get good education.

"We want to see that Nepali children get so good education that they do not need to go abroad for job," he said.

Dr. K. Gunaratana, patron of Mahakaruna Buddhist Society, Singapore, said that he loved Nepal as it is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and wanted to help Nepali children get light of education.

I am so eager to work with Mahakaruna Society Nepal that has coordinated all the works for reconstruction of this building, he said.

Adviser of the Mahakaruna Buddhist Society Johor Bahru, Mr. Malvin, and project manager of Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru chapter, Law Shaopin, said they were happy to help the needy people and continue philanthropic activities in Nepal.

Dr. Nabaraj Gautam, Nepal country coordinator for the Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru, thanked all for the support to ensure that children in rural areas also get enabling environment for education. Dr Gautam who is also chair of Mahakaruna Society Nepal would work to spread Buddha's teachings by helping the poor and giving sight to the blind people.

On the occasion, Mahakarun Buddhist Society, Singapore and the Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru also ditributed stationery including school bags and shoes to the students of the school.

Over Rs. 9.7 million has been spent to build and furnish the four-room school building. The Malaysian Red Crescent Johor Bahru had reached agreement with Department of Education to reconstruct the school building in November 2015.

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