Where We Work
The village of Lamagoan is situated in the Lamjung district. It is 123kms from Pokhara, by road and the nearest village by foot is Ghalegoan, which is a 7 hour walk away. Sitting at a height of 200meters altitude, summers are relatively warm, while the winter season is very cold with snowfall. About two years, a road was built to Lamagoan and since then the village has developed rapidly. A jeep/bus service has also started up, so transport is much easier.
The main village is made up of approximately 100 households, totalling 550 people. Like nearly all hill villages, subsistence agriculture from terraces cut into the hillside is what occupies most families. Paddy, millet, maize, wheat are the staple foods raised, but the majority are only able to harvest enough food to sustain the household for not more than 6 months a year. Supplementary food must be purchased from urban areas. Most villagers raise livestock, and practice transhumance, or the moving of animals from low country to high hills depending on the season. It is also common to have livestock within the home. Goat, sheep, bull, cow and buffalo are commonly found. Manure for fields, wool for cloth and milk are all harvested and utilized within the household.
Home and Family
The housing structure in Lamagoan is very similar to other villages in the region. Houses are made of using locally available materials stones, mud and timber, topped by a thatched/ slate or tin roof. Sanitation within the village is good, with the vast majority of households having toilet facilities within the home. Lamagoan has nine taps and there is a good water supply to the village. Firewood is the only source for cooking, heating and to some extent lighting! The village has enough forest close by to meet its needs for wood.
Although a school already existed in Lamagoan, there were insufficient classrooms and the school was in poor condition, with no toilets.
In April 2009, a new school building was completed through a partnership between the CAIRN Trust and the Pahar Trust. With the support of the 18 village community workers and a supervisor, the new school was erected in just less than 3 months. The new Shree Aranya Jyoti Lower Secondary School has 4 new classrooms which will educate up to 180 children from the ages of 5 to 14 years in pre-primary and primary grades (classes 1-8).
The school is run by two local teachers who are sponsored by the local community. Students are taught the government recommended curriculum. English language is also introduced from the grade one. The school is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, six days a week.