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- Building the School
Working together to find partners and funding for a school in Tsharka, Leona and Barbara obtained a matching grant from the non-profit organization Room-to-Read. It was the most remote region in Nepal in which Room to Read had ever attempted to build a school.
The enthusiasm of the villagers convinced Room-to-Read to make the effort. Room-to-Read provided building materials and the villagers provided all the labor. Village men and women carried stones and cement and planks of wood to the building site. Working through the summer of 2004, they constructed a school of adobe and stone, comprising six rooms and a courtyard.
Everything for the school had to be transported by truck as far as the roads went, then by horses and porters the rest of the way.
Leona and Barbara hired two teachers who spoke Tibetan, the mother tongue of the village children, to teach at the school.
Once the school building was complete, the Nepali government sent a headmaster.
In 2010, with a grant from the non-profit organization Drokpa, a small greenhouse was built. Teachers use it to teach students how to grow vegetables -- practical science classes.