No distance is too far and no mountain is too high! Cunina has built a secondary school with six classrooms in Chepuwa, a village that is situated in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2200 meters and close to the Tibetan border.
Why has Cunina started this project?
The living conditions of the mountain people in Chepuwa are very poor. Chepuwa is a very authentic and protected village. Before 2009, there was no road leading to the village, so tourists were unable to reach it. You can only get to Chepuwa through mountain paths that lead through rice terraces. In 2009, Sophie landed there by helicopter and thus was the first westerner who visited Chepuwa. Sophie went on a prospecting trip to Chepuwa to see if Cunina could help the village and make a difference for the people that live there.
The closest school for the children in Chepuwa was situated in Khandbari. They had to walk for four to six days to get to the school and they had to stay in Cunina Hostel for an entire year. We were able to change this by building this new school.
We have not started any child sponsorships in Chepuwa, because the village is very difficult to reach. This way, we cannot guarantee that the child sponsorships are properly managed.
What has Cunina done in the past?
Within a couple of months, Cunina has built a complete primary school with six classrooms. This solid building is now run by the villagers.
We work together with the local community and use local materials to support the local economy and create jobs.
Fact sheet of Chepuwa
Start of the project: February 2016 Money already spent: €60,000 Number of students: 296
Result at the end of 2016:
Construction of six classrooms
Furnishing and decoration of the classrooms
This project has been completed.
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