Knowledge Mosaic Employees To Bring Power, Opportunity To Nepalese Children
In the remote, mountainous village of Shikha, Nepal, where Pun is from, frequent power outages prevent more than 350 public school students in Grades 1 through 12 at Shikha Higher Secondary School from fully utilizing donated computers in the school’s computer lab. These outages often last for days, severely limiting options and opportunities for study. According to Pun, a reliable power source would provide access to the internet, communication, and the outside world — critical enhancements to student learning in a community where trained, skilled teachers are not readily available.
Swiggett and Pun have developed a plan to alleviate this problem by traveling over 7,000 miles to Nepal to install solar panels that will not only provide power, but as Pun says, will “give these children access to the wealth of knowledge and educational resources available on the internet [that] will enable them to dream big and realize new possibilities.”
In August, Swiggett, Pun and Swiggett’s two teenage sons will travel to Nepal, where they will trek along the Annapurna Circuit, one of Nepal’s most famous trekking routes, to an elevation of almost 7,000 feet. Along with as many as 20 students and several mules, they will carry more than 1,400 pounds of equipment, including ten solar panels and ten batteries each weighing over 80 pounds. Even without baggage, this trek would take over ten hours, and is usually a two-day trip.
We here at Knowledge Mosaic have worked to support the effort to make Pun’s vision a reality by donating money and logistical support. We will be eagerly following this venture as it unfolds via frequent updates, pictures and more. You too can follow this incredible adventure right here on blogmosaic by tracking the Nepal tag on our blog or just checking back regularly once the expedition begins.