The village of Lamkiphata is a community of approximately 2,700 people in the Bardiya region. About 8 kilometers from the closest main road, the village primarily sustains itself through farming corn, potatoes, wheat and breeding livestock. Overall, literacy levels are low and the community lacked a proper classroom space, with teachers teaching multiple classrooms and grade levels in the same room, at the same time. The men and women of Lamkiphata and the Nepal Ministry of Education deemed this situation to be unsuitable for learning.
After a year of fundraising, GroupM MENA employees, along with Dubai Cares and BuildON, contributed the engineering materials, skilled labor, and supervision to build a school in the village. The Lamkiphata community, in turn, provided the land, local materials such as sand, and volunteered labor for the build.
Before breaking ground on a new school, every member of the Lamkiphata community, both men and women, signed a Covenant. This Covenant was a solemn promise by the men and women of Lamkiphata outlining their respective contributions to the project, and to agree to send an equal number of boys and girls to school. Fifteen volunteers from across the GroupM MENA network attended the ground-breaking ceremony in Lamkiphata. Our colleagues also spent three days living and learning about the village and working alongside the community to put in the school’s foundation.
GroupM MENA is excited that just five months after the breaking ground, the Lamkiphata school was completed! It contains three classrooms and is furnished with desks and chairs, carpet for children, and permanent chalkboards. 202 children (86 boys and 116 girls) from the ages of 6 to 14 years old attend classes, and there are five teachers who teach five grade levels at the school. The newly built school will help to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low career expectations through access to education, and improve the lives of future generations.