For the Children of Taruka, Nepal

£16,673 of £16.5k goal

Raised by 146 people in 22 months



Please help me raise money to rebuild the two schools destroyed by the recent earthquake in Taruka, Nepal and stock them with much needed educational resources. My aim is to raise a total of £14,000. The rebuilding of each school will cost £6,500 and each school also require £500 for educational resources.

On June 3, 2015, I visited the small, remote village of Taruka in the foothills of the Himalaya, to offer whatever help I could. The village is devasted and the lives of the people have been changed forever.  The people are hungry and the vast majority are homeless, now living in makeshift shelters with several families sharing each shelter. The temporary homes are little more than bamboo poles draped with tarpolines.

The greatest concern expressed by the villagers is the children's education and the rebuilding of the schools, which are at the heart of the community and key to its future.

The school principles and teachers are doing an incredible job in trying to bring some sense of normality, routine and education back into the lives of the children. The weather is appallingly hot and the monsoons will soon arrive bringing with them further difficulties and potential disease. 

We need to act quickly! Please donate as much as you can to help raise the £14,000 to rebuild the schools. Please make your donation no later than August 31, 2015.

I will personally guarantee that each donation, in full, will be used to provide secure schooling for the children of Taruka. I am being helped by a number of friends including Mohan Lamsil (Makalu Adventure, Kathmandu) and the principles and teachers of the schools.

I will pay all fees associated with raising the money to rebuild the schools. I will adhere to the Institute of Fundraising code of ethics. No expenses or charges will be taken out of money raised for this appeal.

I will update this website on a regular basis to show the progress that is being made.

Thank you for reading this appeal.
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Update 11
Posted by Tony Arden
11 months ago
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I hope you enjoy this short video that we have put together, hopefully it gives you some insight into how important this project is to the people of Taruka. We were humbled by the welcome that we received. I look forward to posting some pictures of the children using the school and the name plaque once it has been fitted.
Handing over the School - April, 2016
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Update 10
Posted by Tony Arden
12 months ago
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Two days before the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake we were honoured to hand over the new primary school to the children of Taruka.

The entire village joined in the celebration and we had an incredible day. I am putting together a short video of the event and will share a link with you in the next few days, I hope it will help give you some insight into the immense appreciation that the people of Taruka have for your generosity.
Opening Celebration
Cutting the ribbon
A Great Day for the Children of Taruka
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Update 9
Posted by Tony Arden
13 months ago
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...and more wonderful news......we finally reached our target of $24,000 thanks to YOU! That is an incredible achievement. I will post another update in the next few days once the building work is complete. Thank you so much.
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Update 8
Posted by Tony Arden
13 months ago
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Great News Everybody! The Taruka school project is almost complete, thanks to your kindness and generosity. The new building contains the much needed 4 classrooms, built to high standards to withstand potential earthquakes. The toilet block is being refurbished and we have added new showers for the children – these being the only showers in the village for them! The final cost of the project stands at $24,000. We have paid out $20,000 and have $1,000 remaining in the account, leaving the project fund short of $3,000.

I would be extremely grateful, if you could share our success story with your friends and wider networks, with the hope to get us to the finish line. We only need to raise $3,000 to bring this project to completion.

Another bit of exciting news is that the hand-over ceremony is anticipated to take place within 2 weeks! Sandra and I plan to visit in April to take more supplies and to see the school in operation. As always, I will fund this trip from my personal account.

Sandra and I are deeply touched by your big-heartedness. Let’s pull together one final time to raise the remaining $3,000 by April 7, 2016.

I hope you are impressed by the latest photographs!
Fixing the roof
Varnishing the doors
Looking good!
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Karen Du Four Des Champs
20 months ago

Glad the project continues to move forward, Tony! Thanks for these updates!! Look forward to hearing your impressions and stories after your visit to Bangladesh in September for a similar school-building project.

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Claire Coveney
21 months ago

Namaste I am sending support to a family in this distrct I met when I was over there in April May...Now I am back in New Zealand..I can make small donation but onlu NZ$ please advise

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£16,673 of £16.5k goal

Raised by 146 people in 22 months
Created June 15, 2015
£8
Laura Rodas
13 months ago
NT
£65
nancy thompson
13 months ago
£100
Karen Du Four Des Champs
13 months ago

Congratulations, Tony & Sandra! So happy for the children of Taruka and this community and so proud of your efforts! This is a great success story! Thank you for sharing.

RS
£100
Ric Segelow
13 months ago

Gets you over the line Tony Arden! Go the kids!

SH
£100
Sherine Holden
13 months ago

Fantastic news! I'm sure the villagers will be delighted to see you both in April.

£100
Anonymous
13 months ago
TO
£200
Tess O'Neill
13 months ago

Great job, Tony - I'm sure the villagers will thank you for an eternity for what you have done for them - you and your wife are good people

£1,000
Anonymous
13 months ago
£629
Anonymous
13 months ago
£100
Anonymous
13 months ago
Karen Du Four Des Champs
20 months ago

Glad the project continues to move forward, Tony! Thanks for these updates!! Look forward to hearing your impressions and stories after your visit to Bangladesh in September for a similar school-building project.

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Claire Coveney
21 months ago

Namaste I am sending support to a family in this distrct I met when I was over there in April May...Now I am back in New Zealand..I can make small donation but onlu NZ$ please advise

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