Food Aid for Humla - June - September 2020

Food Aid for Humla, June - September 2020

Food Aid for Humla, June - September 2020

 

 

The Chiswick and Brentford Rotary Club has since 2014 supported a hostel school at Muchu in the remote Humla province of NW Nepal. Humla is a province high in the Western Himalayas with no roads into it from Nepal, a harsh climate and poor education and health levels - one child in three does not survive past their fifth birthday.
 
The hostel part of the school was set up to accommodate those children who lived too far from the village of Muchu to be able travel there each day, so that they can at least get an education. About two thirds of the fifty children now enrolled are girls, as the boys can often get an education in the local Buddhist monasteries.
 
We were notified in May 2020 that because of the shutting of the nearby Chinese border with Nepal due to Covid, the children at the school were in danger of going hungry. As the only road access into Humla is from China from Nepal, this cut off the only access for reasonable cost food supplies. The alternative of food flown into Simikot, the main town of Humla, from Kathmandu and carried by pack animals along mountain trails to Muchu is very much more expensive but is for the present the only practical way of getting food to the school.
 
In June, £6000 was raised at club level, with a further £1000 from London District, and this money was transferred to the Foundation that runs the school (the Kailash Humla Children's Foundation).
 
The food has now arrived at the Muchu school, and the photos below show how the food sacks - mostly rice, flour and cooking oil - were transported.


  Transport of the Food


Yaks carrying food to Muchu School


The sacks of food being transported in a 3-day journey from Simikot to Muchu by mules…. 

Yaks carrying food by mountain on way to Muchu School

….and by yaks, along rugged mountain trails of the Karnalie River gorge

 

Mules carrying food to Muchu School passing through Buddhist village

The trail passes through mainly Buddhist villages


 Food arrives at Muchu School

 
 


                                                      Hooray - the food arrives!


Muchu School children eating

Muchu School children eating