Sunday Baisakh 12, 2073 (24th Apr. 2016)
Valley Public observes the first anniversary of Nepal's devastating earthquake
Valley Public Higher Secondary School closed for a day of remembrance for the one-year anniversary of the earthquake to hit Nepal.
The Valley Public community took time to attend memorial services and reflect back on the Saturday Baisakh 12, 2072 (25th April, 2015) 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal, which was followed by an even more devastating quake two weeks later resulting in almost 9,000 deaths, 8 million people affected, and vast swaths of the nation in rubble including the capital, Kathmandu.
Estimated statistics suggest that:
- The quake affected over 40 percent of Nepal in 39 of its 75 districts
- Over 500,000 homes were destroyed
- 2.8 million people needed humanitarian assistance
- Sundabarsti, Budhanilkatha-9, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Now one year on all Valley Public staff, students and parents are very concerned that the nation is still struggling to recover and re-build, an urgent and essential requirement complicated and protracted by political inaction, interference, and economic instability.
As previously announced on Kartik 30 (16th Nov. 2015), we have completed phase one of our "green electricity" programme and installation of the solar panel system continues, which will provide uninterrupted power for the Information Technology Centre and hostels after school hours. Completion is scheduled for the end of May.
Scroll below to read details of our post-quake fund raising and relief actions for the wider community and school.
Shrawan 10 (26th Jul. 2015)
Emergency aid raised for Valley Public
Valley Public Higher Secondary School is pleased to announce that as a direct result of ongoing fund raising efforts overseas by the school's international adviser, Lt Col (Ret'd) Roger M Brumhill MBE, the school is the proud recipient of new IT equipment and classroom furnishings to replace those damaged in the April 25th, 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
After an initial site inspection in early June to assess the extensive damage suffered by Valley Public and Bhadrakali English Medium School (BEMS), the sister school of Valley Public, funds raised were used to acquire 42 desk top computers and associated IT equipment, to repair library computers and to replace classroom furnishings. This was in addition to replacing BEMS's damaged science laboratory apparatus.
This aid has enabled Valley Public and BEMS to take a major step forward to largely return to the previous level of educational activity prior to the 7.6 earthquake and the subsequent major aftershocks.
The happy smiling faces and unbridled enthusiasm of students and staff at the July inauguration of the information technology centre was testament to our appreciation and we look forward to enjoying the benefits of our enhanced IT facilities and a safer school environment.
Our sincere thanks to the generosity that made this possible and we look forward to providing you with ongoing updates.
Jestha 27 (10th Jun. 2015)
Nepal through the lens – Hong Kong fund raiser
In order to effectively represent Valley Public's interests we have entrusted our international adviser, Lt Col (Ret'd) Roger M Brumhill MBE, with fund raising efforts in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the region.
We are grateful to Roger for fulfilling his commitment to act directly on behalf of the school and, most importantly, to ensure that every Nepali rupee raised from kind donations continues to reach us directly.
Valley Public is determined to continue providing high quality education within a safe, caring and loving environment.
With renewed thanks for our caring and generous supporters.
Baisakh 30 (13th May 2015)
Facts about the 25th April Nepal earthquake
At 11.56 NST on 25th April, 2015 an earthquake, referred to locally as the Gurkha earthquake, occurred with a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale with the epicentre located east of the district of Lamjung, the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mt Everest killing 19, the deadliest day on the mountain in history.
The earthquake also set in motion another huge avalanche in the Langtang Valley which reduced the number of residents from 700, comprising 125 households, to 492. Everyone in the village lost at least one relative. One girl lost ten members of her family. At least 175 local residents were killed together with 120 tourists and porters. The intensity of the earthquake in Kathmandu was classified as violent.
Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley, including some at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple and the Swayambhunath Stupa.
Continued aftershocks occurred throughout Nepal within 15-20 minute intervals creating high risk of landslides. A major aftershock occurred on 12th May with a magnitude of 6.8 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was near the Chinese border between Kathmandu and Mt Everest. More than 200 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured by this aftershock. Kathmandu has received over 300 aftershocks since 25th April.
Tremors were felt in India around the capital region of New Delhi, Dhaka, Bangladesh and across south western China ranging from the Tibet Autonomous Region to Chengdu, 1,900 km away from the epicentre. Tremors were also felt in Pakistan and Bhutan.
In the 14 districts that were affected by the earthquake, 8,709 fatalities have been recorded of which 1,729 were in Kathmandu and 6,461 in the central districts of Lamjung and Gurkha.
Over 500,000 private houses were destroyed and 278,000 partially damaged. A third of the population of 26 million have been affected by the earthquake.
Baisakh 13 (26th Apr. 2015)
Emergency notification following earthquake in Nepal
Valley Public Higher Secondary School aims to return to its previous level of educational activity as soon as possible.
Whilst the fabric of the main building was essentially unaffected extensive internal damage was caused to desk top computers, associated IT equipment, laboratory apparatus, library and classroom furniture.
It is with deep regret to report that some parents who had children at school were, sadly, killed leaving seven orphans. In addition, a few members of staff suffered severe damage to their homes.
Valley Public will be providing free education to the orphans and some assistance for home reconstruction to the affected staff.
We endeavour to keep you informed of the situation, the completion of repairs and the anticipated return to full school activity in a safe environment.