Jorg Bahr: Two decades for Nepali education

Pratik Ghimire

Pratik Ghimire

Jorg Bahr: Two decades for Nepali education

Rabindra Puri Foundation for Conservation (RPFC) on Friday organized a farewell program for Jorg Bahr, who has been doing philanthropic work in Nepal for over two decades. Born in Germany in 1940, Bahr came to Nepal in 1999 after his retirement as German Army Colonel and started working for the improvement of Nepal’s education with a main focus on rural areas, it was informed at the program. Realizing that there will be no development of the community and the country without education, his organizations have been supporting the construction of infrastructure for 12 community schools like school buildings, science labs, computer labs and providing scholarships as well as educational materials.

“After retiring from my job 22 years ago, a Rotarian professor friend brought me to Nepal and since then I started visiting Nepal 2-3 times a year,” Bahr said. I have become a part of education-health programs in operation in Nepali villages. Thus, I have become a German by birth and a Nepali by deed.” 

In 2009, he established ‘Schulerhilfe fur Nepal’ (School help for Nepal), which has constructed nine out of 12 planned school buildings and associated infrastructure—in Kavre, Gorkha, Bhaktapur, Ramechhap, Gorkha and Nawalparasi through RPFC—per information provided at the program.

Nepal Vocational Academy (NVA), operating from Kamalbinayak (Bhaktapur) in collaboration with the Schulerhilfe fur Nepal and RPFC, aims to produce 100 skilled personnel every year.

In Thambesi, a village in Nawalparasi, around 250 students study at Chhatisdevi Secondary School, which boasts of a well-equipped and solar-powered computer lab, courtesy of Schulerhilfe fur Nepal.

Saraswati Primary School in Kavre, Bhimeshwar Basic School, Sri Krishna High School and Shatlingeshwar Higher Secondary School in Ramechhap have new infrastructure, with help from Schulerhilfe fur Nepal, benefiting around.5,000 children studying there.

RPFC has been coordinating with the campaign of Schulerhilfe fur Nepal to construct community school buildings, associated structures and rehabilitating heritages, with about Rs 10m already collected reportedly for the campaign.

After the 2015 earthquake, Schulerhilfe fur Nepal helped with the distribution of Pall filters, reconstruction of damaged school buildings as well as some houses. It has also provided support to Dhulikhel Hospital, Scheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa, Sushma Koirala Hospital in Sankhu, Tilganga Eye Hospital, Iwamura Hospital in Bhaktapur, Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Shechen Clinic in Boudha and Manthali Hospital in Ramechhap through German Rotary Volunteer Doctors’ Organization.  

Besides, in coordination with Schulerhilfe fur Nepal, Nepali doctors were sent to Germany for special training, according to Rabindra Puri. “Bahr also supported the construction of high temperature incinerators for waste disposal centers and smokeless stoves in rural areas for hospital waste management.”

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