Holy Rosary School

Holy Rosary School

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Classroom construction at the Holy Rosary School in Purul/Manipur

In the far north-east of India lies the state of Manipur, bordering Myanmar. The state is characterized by the high mountains and stony rocks. The few main roads through the mountains are sometimes closed for a few days or weeks due to rock erosion and descents. Due to the uneven roads and mountain passes, the driving speed is max. 20 km/h. 22 km away from the National Highway 2 and the city of Mao is the Holy Rosary School in the village of Purul. Almost 400 children from the surrounding villages attend this school. The adjoining hostel accommodates about 40 children.

The school is located on a hill on the outskirts of the village, which is very high in the mountains. The clouds are palpable. Two large churches, built in recent years, dominate the villagescape. Almost all inhabitants are Christians (40% Catholics, 60% Baptists), as is typical for the rural areas of Manipur. The village is located at the end of a mountain valley, so it is bordered by the mountains. The nearest town and shopping facilities are 22 km away.

Project history and equipment

The Holy Rosary School was founded in 1988 by the Catholic Order Francis de Sales. 2 priests and 4 sisters work at the school with an attached infirmary. Other temporary teachers live in the village. The school consists of three buildings, one of which is completely dilapidated. Due to increasing numbers of students, there has been a shortage of space for a long time. A mini-hydro station was built next to the school in 2010/11 to generate electricity. In addition, a computer room with 5 PCs was set up at the time, from which there is an Internet connection.

In addition to the musical-sporting area (dance, basketball), the school's focus is also on the fact that there have been no drop-outs for years and that the school regularly occupies a leading position in Manipur's school ranking. However, as is usually the case in India, the teaching methods are characterized by the repetition and memorization of subject matter and the very little self-development.

Project Funding

Mandelzweig-Projekthilfe e.V. sends ASA volunteers to the school, which is intended to promote the students' self-initiative through lessons and village development projects. The funding project includes the construction of new classrooms in a modular system. Mandelzweig-Projekthilfe e.V. promotes the purchase of building materials for the construction of individual classrooms. The area for construction is prepared for this. At the beginning of 2016, the first construction cargo was procured. To do this, the building material has to be transported over about 300 km from Assam over the bumpy and mountainous roads of Nagaland and Manipur. A truck is on the road for several days, as it hardly moves faster than walking pace.

In total, the school wants to build 10 new classrooms. Most of it is done on their own by the population, who are very experienced in the construction of large buildings (see church construction) and carry out the work very professionally. The Mandelzweig-Projekthilfe e.V. initially supports the construction of the first two classrooms.

Costs for classroom construction:
8.000 – 9.000 Euro

Project partner in India:
FAsCE India, Purul (Manipur)
There is the possibility of a school partnership

Cooperation partners in Germany:
Niendorf District School, Student Partnership Group, Hamburg

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