As a primary school teacher at Inner Sydney Montessori School in Sydney, I was recently fortunate enough to travel to Kathmandu to take part in a Teaching prac which soon turned into the most life changing trip of my life.
I ended up spending 5 weeks not only learning how to use some of the Montessori materials but also training 50 women to be teachers. These women live in the 3rd most polluted city in the world, Kathmandu, They've suffered civil war and one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded, losing family and friends to both. Yet they suck it up, battle on and still want to make a difference by teaching. Once qualified they will still only earn 153 dollars per month. But they feel empowered and their stories empowered me too.
At the end of the 5 weeks one man took me to the Indian border where some extremely poor people live. Here there are children who don't have any access to education at all, they don't have shoes toilets, and struggle to even put food on the table. This shocked me and as we returned to the village, I felt quite upset and helpless. The first 5000 dollars will go towards refurbishing the preschool pictured below which I will visit in 5 weeks.
Suddenly all that changed when a local man gave me 7000m2 of land and told me to help the people of their town by building a school to help educate the children there and give them a chance in life.
A local cafe owner at 'Qube on Bay' in Glebe has just agreed to give 20c from every coffee he sells to my fundraiser to help these children have a better future. What an absolute legend. We would really like some other sponsors so if you have any ideas please get in touch with us.The idea is simple:
* Raise $100,000
* Build a school with 6 classrooms and a teacher training centre.
* The school will house 180 children (90 which will pay and 90 who will be picked up from the border each day by bus given free education and food and delivered home again safe and sound witha full tummy)
* The school will provide jobs for local women who will be trained in house on our own training centre.
* Volunteers will be invited from all over the world to teach in the school, giving the children an even better chance of success
And here's the big one! The school will be a Montessori school and it will provide the best quality education. it will act as a beacon school where teachers, principals and educational leaders can come and train to help incorporate the Montessori methods into schools across the country allowing the nation to improve and therefore giving the people of Nepal a fair chance in the world.
I’ve started the fundraising off by running last Sunday’s Sydney half marathon in my granny’s dress and we are already up to over 1000 dollars
It's a big idea but it can be done with your help. If you're doing a fund raiser this year and you can't think of a charity then please choose mine because you'll be making a real difference and every single penny we raise will be put to good use.
If you're a company and you would like a classroom named after you then you can sponsor us 10,000 dollars and that will get you a classroom with your company name above the door.
100 dollars and you'll get your name on a plaque above the front door and if you'd like to cough up the entire $100,000 we will name the whole school after you.
Please help me to make this difference, I've seen these people and I promised them I'd help them and with your help I can.