Help rebuild our school in Nepal
12 years ago I embarked on a volunteering adventure to Kathmandu, Nepal. On arrival I was placed with a local Nepalese family with four inspirational sisters. By running their own school these incredible women were using
education as a means to make a difference to the lives of 278 underprivileged children in Kathmandu regardless of caste, gender or religion. Having a female run school in Nepal is a feat in itself within a country where around 70 percent of women are illiterate. It was inspirational for me to see the passion these women had towards educating and empowering the children of Nepal and I have worked closely with this school ever since.
After the devastation of the recent earthquakes in Kathmandu I have since found out that the school has been damaged. The District of Education department has declared that 5 classrooms are unsafe, with students now subject to classes in the canteen whilst others are forced to sit outside and take classes.
On top of this one of the landlords (they are currently renting three separate prices of land to accommodate all students) is now requesting an increase in rental fees. Our immediate goal is to urgently raise enough funds $9,000 to rebuild the damaged classrooms so the children can continue with their studies and provide a glimmer of hope and stability in a time of such devastation.
Our long term goal is to raise enough money to purchase land and secure a permanent premises for the children.
Working directly with this school for more than a decade I have found a disconcerting pattern. Every few years when the landlord increases the rent, due to lack of funds, the school is forced to move premises. Each time this happens (4 times in the past 15 years) the school loses children that are inconvenienced by the move. This has a detrimental impact on their schooling and educational development. Our aim is to take the financial pressure off allowing these incredible women to do what they do best- to educate the children of Nepal.
If you would like to be involved in this fundraiser in anyway please contact myself directly.
We have sent the money raised so far across to our school. The photos below show the extensive damage caused by the April earthquake and the reconstruction taking place.
It is an exciting time as we rebuild allowing the children to continue their studies in a safe environment.
We could not have done this without all of your support so from the bottom of our hearts thankyou!
Our Principal Yashiba receiving an award today from Dr. Minendra Rijal- Minister for Information and Communication, for recognition of ALL of our SLC (school leaving certificate) students passing their final exams with a Distinction!!!
Education is so important to elevate these children and their communities out of poverty. We are raising funds to ensure the children can study in a safe and stable environment however the results would not be possible without such a dedicated and passionate team in-country. These women are creating a brighter future for many children in Nepal and doing such an amazing job- just look at those results!
The most boisterous of Hindu festivals, Holi waves goodbye to winter and welcomes in spring in a rainbow of colours. The Festival of Colours celebrated on Holi's final day sees the city come alive as children and adults alike take to the streets throwing colourful gulal (powder) over each other.
The Color Run has taken inspiration from this exciting festival that takes place in Nepal and India every year, so we thought there's no better way to have some fun and raise much needed funds for our school.
A minimum of $100 per entrant is required to be raised in addition to the registration fee, all proceeds going directly to our school. Come join in the fun!
On Tuesday 18th August we had a charity dinner at Gurkhas Restaurant in Richmond, Melbourne. I want to say a massive thankyou to Gurkhas Restaurant for their delicious dinner and for being such great hosts. Also to Livewire wines for generously donating a gorgeous box of red and white wine for everyone to enjoy and our beautiful dancer Pooja for bringing Nepal's traditions alive at our dinner.
And to everyone that came we raised another $1340 !!
So thankyou again and Namaste