Helping children in Nepal

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As many of you know we were in Nepal last year where we helped out and taught at a school in a small village near Pokhara.  Some of you have heard our stories of how touched we were by the whole experience of getting to know a country that has suffered so much over the years, both politically and through devastating natural disasters.  In the 2015 earthquake 8,600 people died, 20,000 were injured and 3 million people lost their homes, 9,300 schools were destroyed (as of January 2018 only 2,800 had been rebuilt to some extent), obviously disastrous to a country that is already suffering with poverty, malnutrition, poor infrastructure and lack of hygiene, homes and schools, and the efforts to rebuild lives has been slow and likely to continue for a long time still.  Half the population live below the poverty line and only 54% enrolled into secondary education in 2016.


When we were there last year we felt completely overwhelmed by the openness and warmth of the people there and we returned home from our short trip realising we wanted to do more to help.  So we will be returning in October for some more teaching at the same school but have decided that we would like to raise some money for another school as well,  and a community that was very badly affected by the earthquake in 2015 and desperately needs help.

Our fundraising event in Islip Village Hall, Oxford on 17th November (more info to follow) will be primarily for The Shree Saraswoti School in the Helambu region, 70kms (5-6 hours by jeep) northeast of Kathmandu through an organisation called HELP (Helambu Education Livelihood Partnership) (  They have been involved in supporting more than 3000 families in 32 villages since the earthquake, and have constructed 226 temporary learning centres across 45 schools, but there is still a huge need to improve structure and practicalities for schools, thereby providing opportunity and encouragement for the children in this remote region. 
The Saraswoti School ( ) main needs are rebuilding of classrooms, playgrounds, fencing, as well as uniforms for 150 kids, desks and benches, classroom materials, school bags, pens, pencils, drawing books, etc.   For  now we would like to raise as much as we can towards the needs of these schools and the local children.  When we visit both areas we will donate anything we have raised to that point. 

Thanks so much for donating, we really appreciate it.

Diane and Elina

  • Raphael Bergeron 
    • £30 
    • 10 d
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    • £30 
    • 1 mo
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    • £30 
    • 2 mos
  • Danica Mccain 
    • £30 
    • 3 mos
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    • £25 
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Elina Roddick 
Caversham, South East England, United Kingdom
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