Nepalese School Project
I have been lucky enough to have already travelled through this stunning country and I was blown away by its beauty and warmth of the people that I came across. The most humbling experience I had was when I visited the Antyodaya boarding school in the area of Chitwan. As they showed me around their school, the children's smiles and looks of excitement made me momentarily forget about the lack of basic supplies they had. At the time, around 10 girls were sleeping on the floor of a tiny room and their lessons were being held on the floor of a converted cow shed. These cow sheds would get unbearably hot in the summer due to the metal roofs. They have limited clothes and resources and only manage to eat very basic foods which provide little nutrients.
My aim is to raise enough money to continue the building work of a new block of classrooms. This will at least provide the opportunity for better working and learning conditions for these children. If you would like to find out more information on the history of the school and more about the children that attend please find more information here: Chepang Children
All costs associated with the trip will be covered by myself therefore, ALL the money that you donate will go directly to the school to help build these classrooms. Please support the cause and sponsor me on this trek (it is a tough one!!).
However, with a new year comes new beginnings and finally the windows were put in! And also the rest of the classrooms are starting to be built again- I am sending the rest of the money we raised over to help with this.
Here are some pictures of the children in their classrooms from last year and their new windows.
The account is open still so if you would still like to donate than you are more than welcome. The school need as much help as they can get. They still need £20,000 to complete the building work. Ramu Chau (the headteacher) is doing a great job of coordinating all of this and being there for the children. He is an inspiration :-)
I arrived to Nepal ready for the tough challenge of trekking to Everest Base Camp but it wasn't meant to be. The mountain flight had been cancelled for 3 days and there was a slim chance that we would be able to fly to start the trek in time.
So instead of wasting another day my amazing company ( www.nepalyogatrek.com) organised another flight to the stunning town of Pokhara where we would start another trek to another famous mountain range of Annapurna. Seeing as I had prepped for Everest I joined the challenging group (check me!) and we were to complete two treks in one- Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp. It was not as high as Everest Base Camp but my god was it just incredibly stunning!
We walked through luscious green valleys and forests, over rivers, through local houses and villages and as we reached the base camp we were surrounded by 11 huge snow-capped mountains an area rightly called the Annapurna Sanctuary. In the end we calculated that we had walked for 43.5 hours, 220km, 8,000 metres up and 7,900 down! My legs have never felt that strong before in my life and I enjoyed every moment.
Yes, of course there were hard days but when you are trekking in the Himalayas the feel of the place energises you and I also kept the Antyodaya School children in my mind and all the people that supported me to raise all this money for them. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity that not even these children have and it's their country.
Thank you again for all your donations and I will keep you posted on how the building of the classrooms are going. Feel free to keep donating as the school requires a lot of help. And, if you ever feel like having an adventurous, energising yet challenging holiday try out a trek in the Himalayas. It really is something else.
Namaste- 'I bow to the divine in you'