We believe that children will learn better and faster if they eat good and healthy food, but not all children have that possibility when they have a long way to go to reach the school. Therefore, in 2020 Ascent Aid Nepal built, with the help of donations, a school kitchen to be able to provide warm, healthy, nutritious food for all 100 students and 9 teachers & cook for free. Buying and transportation cost for all ingredients such as vegetables is expensive and requires a lot of money every month, even if we buy big amounts at a time. That gave the founder and chairman of the school, Pemba Sherpa, the idea of growing all of the vegetables needed at the school area and at the same time teaching the students about modern agriculture. We are now starting one of our biggest projects since the building of the school, we call it Sherpa Agro Academy.
By building 10 big green houses on the school area just above the school buildings, the students will have the opportunity to learn how to grow all kinds of vegetables, trees and other plants with the help of modern agriculture techniques under the guidance of well educated agriculture teachers. Each green house will produce different kinds of vegetables but also its own soil.
All vegetables will be planted and taken care of by the students themselves and will be first of all used for food in school. This will provide the students with a sense of pride and honor to be able to eat what they have planted themselves and understand how the agriculture process works.
Today the school is completely dependent on donations. By selling some of the quality plants and trees to people outside of school we are creating an important and vital ecosystem where some of the school running costs like teacher salaries can be covered. This makes the school less vulnerable, making sure that even when less donations are coming in, the students continue to get the quality education they deserve.
The largest cost today is the food cost with 900 USD per month and a large part of that cost is transportation cost of food to the village.
This is why the agriculture project is very important for the school, for the students and for the future of the school. For now, we need to buy all vegetables needed for lunch. The sooner we can finish the agriculture project and start the Sherpa Agro Academy, the sooner we can grow all vegetables needed to cook food for all students and teachers every day. We can save money for food.
The approximate cost for finishing the agriculture project is somewhere between 10,000-15,000 USD depending on the size and material cost of the green houses and how many greenhouses we can buy. For the moment we have received donations from Michael Hansen from Sweden (5000Euro) and Thomas Martensson from Sweden (1000 Euro) to start the project and create the platforms for the green houses.
The project has just started. So far the platforms for the green houses and a road to get to the platforms have been created.
Now we need your help for the next step. The project needs donations for buying the material needed for more green houses, watering system, modern agriculture equipment, seeds for planting and well train agriculture teacher.