Kathmandu, April 3, 2016: With the aim to support earthquake affected schools in Bhulumtar, Kavrepalanchowk, ONE Youth organized Open Art Exhibition for Education, the first of the fundraiser series in Bhandarkhal of Patan Durbar yesterday. More than 50 pieces from 13 artists were showcased in a rustic and vintage ambiance.
Shree Prakash HSS and Shree Janajagriti Primary School of Kavrepalanchowk lost most of its infrastructure in last yearâ€™s April earthquakes. The schools currently have tins for roofs, bamboos for pillars and a scattering of desks and benches and nothing else. This exhibition is ONE Youthâ€™s attempt at helping with the school infrastructure.
Ashma Upreti, a native of Kavre who currently is a student at NIST College in Kathmandu said that the earthquake had grievous impacts in her village. â€œThere is no library or a computer lab for proper education. There arenâ€™t even important elements like toilets or means for proper sanitation. The drinking water has to be carried from far away as the quakes dried up our reservesâ€ she says.
If the art wasnâ€™t enough, the aroma of various snacks and refreshments from food stalls , the face painting booth along with the enthusiastic bustle of the volunteers of ONE Youth kept premises of the age old garden full and lively with visitors from 11am to 5pm.
â€œThe exhibition has attracted more than 600 people including various media persons, tourists and VIPs.â€ said Jasper Neupane, the president of ONE Youth. Saunak Bhatta, Nirnaya Nsk and Dibyata Vaidya (Miss Earth) came to the exhibition. The event was serenaded by a folk music band comprising of school kids. The second series of Open Art Exhibition for Education will continue to Basantapur Durbar Square shortly.
The art theme varied yet the influence of Nepali culture exuded from most of the canvases. Â Shermann Nepali, the artist who leaded and brought together the other artists for the exhibition said that he was attracted by the idea behind the event. According to him, even though theyâ€™re putting their creations down for exhibition, their combined goal is to raise enough fund to help the schools.
ONE Youth is a non-governmental organization established by a group of students in Nepal. It is also a member of Social Welfare council. Though being registered on 2015, it started its works unofficially from 2014. The major sectors of workings are education, health, leadership and motivation. Their major projects currently are building libraries and computer labs at rural schools. They have also successfully conducting drug abuse prevention and sex education campaigns, stationery donations and scholarships at rural schools, motivational seminars and various other fundraisers.