2017/07: Hooray! A Reason for Joy!

The “Edu­ca­ti­on for Adults in Ladakh, Hima­la­ya” pro­ject is on course!

Exten­si­on of the school buil­ding and a new han­di­crafts building
For the vil­la­ge school in Yul­chung, per­mis­si­on for the addi­ti­on of two class­rooms has been gran­ted by the government in Leh. Fur­ther­mo­re, the app­li­ca­ti­on for the new han­di­crafts buil­ding has also been approved.

School buil­ding
The school buil­ding is to be con­struc­ted accord­ing to tra­di­tio­nal design. This means that the win­dows have sin­gle gla­zing and the building’s faca­de has to be made out of sin­gle-lay­er mason­ry. As a result, room tem­pe­ra­tures in a hard win­ter can go down to -30° C and, even for peop­le used to the cold cli­ma­te, can only be used under dif­fi­cult con­di­ti­ons. The sta­te only covers the costs for this tra­di­tio­nal design. Struc­tu­ral insu­la­ti­on mea­su­res such as dou­ble gla­zing, dou­ble-lay­er mason­ry with appro­pria­te insu­la­ti­on mate­ri­al and a cor­ru­ga­ted iron roof for relia­ble imper­mea­bi­li­ty are missing.

Han­di­crafts building
Ever sin­ce the women have beco­me acquain­ted with fel­ting, a room in which they can also work in win­ter at out­side tem­pe­ra­tures below zero is one of their grea­test wishes.
Moreo­ver, the com­mon workspace is of gre­at impor­t­an­ce for the women sin­ce they can dis­cuss toge­ther rou­ti­ne topics such as work in the fiel­ds, fami­ly mat­ters and domestic ani­mals without being disturbed.
For the con­struc­tion of the new han­di­crafts hou­se, the iden­ti­cal government con­di­ti­ons app­ly as for the school building.

In Leh, Tru­di Vetsch met Sonam Dor­je (Government Agent for the deve­lop­ment of infra­st­ruc­tu­re, edu­ca­ti­on and health in the area of Sen­ge LA). He pre­sen­ted the pro­jects plan­ned to her. The­reu­pon she pro­po­sed using the association’s dona­ti­ons to cover the extra costs for dou­ble-gla­zed win­dows, dou­ble-lay­er mason­ry and covering the tra­di­tio­nal roof with cor­ru­ga­ted iron she­eting to make it waterproof.

The addi­tio­nal costs for the han­di­crafts buil­ding were paid for from the association’s account.

For the­se addi­tio­nal costs for the school buil­ding exten­si­on, dou­ble-lay­er mason­ry, insu­la­ti­on mate­ri­als and the dou­ble gla­zing of the win­dows, the asso­cia­ti­on is now cal­ling for fur­t­her donations.