Sarsyu Primary School Rebuild

In May of 2017, Elevate Nepal Directors, Dan Maurer and Anthony Mancini, explored many projects around Nepal with their Nepali partner Resham Bal. Even two years after the earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people remained living in temporary, overcrowded structures. Rebuild efforts had been stagnant due to lack of resources, funding and government corruption. After visiting dozens of villages, Elevate Nepal found a remote village five hours north of Kathmandu called, Sarsyu. Like many villages in Nepal, every building in Sarsyu was completely destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, including the primary school. The Elevate Nepal crew spent several days talking to locals asking what was the highest priority for the village. The answer unanimously stated was, rebuild the school. The only options for the students of Sarsyu to continue their education after the earthquake was to walk two hours to a neighboring village or attend class in an overcrowded, rudimentary, temporary structure.

In November of 2018 Elevate Nepal broke ground on Sarsyu Primary School. 16 full time local workers were hired to construct a brand new 12 room, 9000-square-foot school built to earthquake standards that was approved by the National Reconstruction Authority overseen by the Nepalese government. Aside from a few days off due to weather, the construction crew chose to work seven days a week as the entire community eagerly awaited a new school. On days when large amounts of labor were needed, volunteers from the community came together to donate their time to ensure timely completion of the project. For example, on the day the concrete roof of the school was poured, all done by hand without any machines, 150 locals came together to get the job done in one day.

The project was expected to take 12 months to complete, but with hard work from everyone involved it was finished in nine months and kept to the budget of $85,000 USD. As of July 2019, 700 students are now attending class in a safe, dry, earthquake-resistant structure. Now with added space the local government donated 40 computers to Sarsyu. Also new programs in agriculture and chemistry were added to the curriculum. Before the school was only able to accommodate students up to grade 10. Now there is space for students to grade 12.

This was Elevate Nepal’s biggest and most ambitious project to date. It took dedication from hundreds of people from around the globe donating their time, money and resources. All Elevate Nepal staff in America and Nepal could not be more proud and grateful to everyone involved. We are mostly happy for the current students of Sarsyu and excited to know the school will be there for many more generations to come.

Project Dates: November 2018 — July 2019
Project Cost: $85,000

Project Accomplishments:

  • School built to earthquake-resistant standards approved by National Reconstruction Authority of Nepal
  • Able to accommodate 700 students in the village and surrounding area
  • New computer lab with 40 computers
  • New science lab with equipment
  • Curriculum expanded to chemistry, biology, computer science and agriculture
  • New toilet with clean water and wash basins
  • One kitchen to feed staff and provide snacks for kids


Thanks to our sponsors for making the rebuild of Sarsyu Primary School possible.