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- New Classroom Construction
Tsharka (Chharka) School is becoming stronger and more prosperous each year. In 2016, School Coordinator Samdup Tsering began a building project: four new classrooms are under construction. When they are finished, the school will be able to accommodate more than the sixty students currently enrolled. The building foundations and walls were constructed in 2016. Roofing materials arrived on horses too late during the 2017 season to be installed. The plan is to finish the classrooms in May 2018 so they may be used for the majority of the 2018 school year.
Foundation stones were collected from the river -- backbreaking work. The stones were stored in piles, ready to begin construction.
The walls of the new classrooms are built of adobe. Wood for the window and door frames had to be carried on horses over the high passes, as Tsharka is located above timberline.
The new classrooms were covered with plastic tarps to keep them from being damaged by the winter snows. In 2018, the metal roofing will be installed and the students will have a more comfortable place to study.