“The children oftentimes need 45 minutes to go to school, but they are looking forward to it.”

Peter Helfrich, sponsor of the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan

PATRIZIA School Dhoksan, Nepal

In 2012, the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan in the Nepalese mountain village of Dhoksan opened its doors to primary school grades 1 through 5. It withstood the severe earthquake of 2015 in the South Asian landlocked state almost unscathed and even served as emergency accommodations for several families for four months. In 2019, the primary school was expanded so that children can now attend school up to eighth grade.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, almost every second adult in the South Asian country is illiterate. In order to give future generations a better future through school education, the PATRIZIA Children Foundation has built a primary school in Dhoksan in 2012.

Seismically safe construction material with a high symbolic value

During the severe earthquake in 2015, around 4,000 schools were destroyed throughout the country. The solidly built PATRIZIA School Dhoksan survived the massive quakes comparatively unscathed and accommodated several families for four months as emergency shelter. In 2016, the windows, ceiling and floor have been renovated by the PATRIZIA Children Foundation.

School extension with materials from earthquake ruins

In 2019, the PATRIZIA Children Foundation in cooperation with Supertecture has expanded the school to an extended primary school so that the children can now be taught up to eighth grade. Four new buildings were constructed which also house a library and a reading room.

Some of the materials used in the construction were donations from houses destroyed by the earthquake, thus symbolising the reconstruction. Under the leadership of Till Gröner from Supertecture, a group of architecture students from the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences planned and implemented their plan for the new buildings according to the latest state of research.

Earthquake-proof and sustainable construction

The focus was on earthquake-proof construction – using local construction methods. Each classroom is an individually constructed building using various local, traditional natural building methods such as rammed earth, bamboo, brick and natural stone. The buildings are located at an altitude of over 2,000 meters and, in addition to the individual, creativity-enhancing architectural style, give the children an excellent view of the breathtaking Himalayan panorama.

As local partners, in addition to the school director Man Bahadur, the Shila Devi School Board, an association of parents of the pupils, is responsible for the smooth running of the project.

Award-winning architecture

In 2020, our partner Supertecture was awarded the Hans Sauer Award 2020 “Designing Circularity in the Built Environment” for the sustainably built houses of the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan. In addition, Supertecture was nominated for further architectural, sustainability and social awards for the construction of the school.

The current pandemic has an impact on our facilities worldwide. As an immediate measure, we have established the CORONA FUND EDUCATION HEALTHCARE in the amount of €100,000 from our reserves. We use 100 per cent of this amount as immediate aid in our Children’s Centers. However, since there is a lack of help in all facilities worldwide and the need is constantly growing due to the Corona measures, we also offer you the opportunity to support us in continuing to provide access to education. Find out more!
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Mingma’s tale of happiness

Long journeys may be tedious, but they are usually worth it. Like Mingma’s daily trip to the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan.

The 11-year-old Mingma attended the primary school for five years. Although it is the closest school for her, the girl has a 45-minute daily trip to school. But she still enjoys it because she is looking forward to school. And because she can walk it together with her two little brothers.

With the extension of the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan, her education does not end after primary school. Mingma can now get lessons there up to eighth grade and continue to walk to school together with her brothers. She feels very comfortable in the new classrooms.