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Storms make life miserable for school-goers in tent hostel

Narahari Sapkota/Republica Students of Prabhat Kiran Secondary School studying inside a tent-hostel. Narahari Sapkota/Republica Students of Prabhat Kiran Secondary School studying inside a tent-hostel.
GORKHA, March 29: Bipana Tamang, a sixth grader at Prabhat Kiran Secondary School, has been staying at a makeshift hostel since the last five months. She has to stay at the temporary hostel situated at Lapubesi since it takes hours for her to commute between home and school.

This is the same school at which a team from the British army along with the UK's Prince Harry recently helped construct a building with four classrooms. Prince Harry has also pledged to add another structure with six rooms.
Although students and teachers at the school are overjoyed by the new building, those living in the hostel at Lapubesi are facing real problems.

Like Bipana, 41 students are living under the tents and tarpaulins that constitute the hostel.

The makeshift hostel they have been living in since the massive earthquake last April has been blown away repeatedly.

"Whenever there is a storm, we have to go to bed on empty stomachs," Bipana said. "The wind tugs at the tarpaulins and it is very difficult to light a fire for cooking."

Following the destruction during the earthquake, Prabhat Kiran Secondary School relocated at a place that is a 30-minute walk from the earlier location. Hence the need for the hostel.

The land for setting up the temporary facility was made available for four months by the locals. But the locals have now started demanding the land back for cultivation, according to teacher Hastman Gurung. "We have to look for another piece of land," he said.

There are separate shelters built for boys and girls but they eat at the same kitchen. The food has been arranged with the support of different organizations.