US Embassy, ADB to rebuild 15 quake-damaged schools

Published On: December 17, 2016 12:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: The US Embassy in Nepal and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed an agreement on to rebuild 15 earthquake-damaged schools in 11 most affected districts, benefiting 4,500 students.

The Asian Development Bank will use the US$ 10 million US contribution to rebuild the schools through its Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project, according to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu. The project uses approved architectural and engineering designs for permanent, earthquake-resilient buildings, it adds. "The schools will also be equipped with classroom furniture, separate girls' and boys' water and sanitation facilities, access accommodation for children with disabilities, and recreational facilities."

"This contribution reaffirms the US government's commitment to stand with the people of Nepal to rebuild a safer, more prosperous country for the next generation,” USAID Nepal's Acting Mission Director Amy Tohill-Stull is quoted in the release.

The 2015 earthquakes damaged or destroyed more than 8,200 public and private schools, interrupting the education of approximately 2 million children. The US government has provided over $170 million in relief and reconstruction support to Nepal since the 2015 earthquakes, including over $5 million immediately following the earthquakes to build more than 1,000 temporary learning centers, allowing nearly 270,000 children to return to school, the release added.

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