Why has Cunina started this project?

The living conditions of the mountain people in Hattiya are very poor. Hattiya 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 Hattiya through mountain paths that lead through rice terraces. In 2009, Sophie landed there by helicopter and thus was the first westerner who visited Hattiya. Sophie went on a prospecting trip to Hattiya 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 Hattiya 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 Hattiya, 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 five classrooms and a sanitary block. 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 Hattiya

Start of the project: July 2015

Money already spent: €60,000

Number of students: 38

Result at the end of 2016:

  • Construction of five classrooms
  • Construction and finishing of the sanitary block
  • Furnishing and decoration of the classrooms
  • Paintworks
  • Inauguration in November 2016

This project has been completed.

Support our projects in Nepal

Deposit your contribution, big or small, into IBAN: BE29 2300 3660 2564 with BIC: GEBA BE BB and put ‘Donation Nepal’ as the message.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our project manager Sophie (sophie@cunina.org or 014/58 01 01)

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Why does Cunina operate in Nepal?

30% of the Nepalese population does not know how to read or write, even though primary education is free and compulsory for children aged six to eleven. Only half of the children in Nepal go to school.

The quality of public schools is bad and private schools are too expensive for many families. This is one of the reasons why children that do go to school often drop out early.

Cunina projects in Nepal

Cunina has been operating in Nepal since 1997 and particularly focuses on the development of the region situated on the mountainsides of the Makalu. We have already built two boarding schools, which we completely manage ourselves. Here you can read more about the other projects that we have realized in Nepal.