Our team in Nepal is making fantastic progress renovating the Sanjiwani School hostel for blind children. The rooms have now all been plastered and painted and the new kitchen/dining area on the roof is almost complete. Work has also started on the outside area and on the installation of a new septic tank. All being well, the project is on track to be complete in 4-6 weeks. Great news!
In June 2017, Haley will be walking the Coast to Coast; from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay in 14 days (199 miles), with the help of a few friends “to raise money for my beloved kids at Karama Orphanage in Tanzania - since my last fundraiser we have welcomed 4 new additions to our home. As you probably know most of the children are HIV+ and one boy suffers from cerebral palsy”. The target this year is to raise £3000 to pay for medical expenses at Karama for the next year.
Situated between Gorkha and Kathmandu, Jyamire Chaur was badly hit by the earthquake and received no funds to help rebuild the school. Its a primary school with 42 Boys, 48 Girls and 5 teachers. The cost of materials materials was $5,000 as the local villagers agreed to do the work themselves without charge. A special thanks must go to Andrew Broughton from the Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale who has donated all of the $7,000 from his personal savings to fund this project.. Thank you Andrew!
Uma Kunda Lower Secondary School has 135 students and is located between Bhandar and Kinja villages on the lower Jiri-Everest trek. The school was completely flattened in the earthquake and rebuilt for £8,300 which was very generously donated by Paul & Pat Lillington, two retired university lecturers from Keswick, both in their early 70’s. Work is well underway to rebuild the second block of classrooms which was also destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.
In a town called Dhulikhel, twenty miles east of Kathmandu, the hostel for the blind attached to Sanjiwani School, home for up to 26 blind children who have to board far from their families, lost one of its two buildings. What remains is not safe and all of the children are squeezed into one building. These children cannot go home to see their families as this government school is the only one for several days’ travel that will educate them.
The KE Juniper trust trek has just returned from Nepal, they visited 9 of the 10 schools built since the earthquake in 2015. KE director Glenn Rowley accompanied the group who between them riased a further £5000 to help with uniforms ans supplies. JT continue to support all of the schools and have received several requests for futher help.
Satkanya has 90 students now and 6 teachers. The school has had its final final coat of paint and the children turn up for school! Can you remember how exiting that was?
For all of us who love the mountains and whose lives have been touched by the charming people who inhabit high places, we have some great news to report along with a huge thank you. €200,000 has been raised to complete 10 new schools in Nepal. 1,200 children are now embarking on a life of hope. Thak you to everyone who help to make this possible.
Juving is the largest of the 10 new schools with 230 students. JT have provided a new 4 classroom block at a cost around $34,000 and an addtional $8,200 to provide new shoes, uniform, school bag and equipment for all the children. The funding for Juving School was helped by a fund-raising group consisting of Oliver Knowles, Alan Oatway and Mike Ritson, who were in Nepal when the earthquake struck. The school was officially opened on September 6th 2016.
Seti Devi Secondary School is situated in the Sindhupalchok District where most of the buildings were either damaged or destroyed as it was very close to the epicenter. Seti Devi has 124 students and the Juniper Trust has built a new 3 classroom school block at a cost of $30,000, with a extra $2,000 provided for uniforms and equipment. The school is now fully operational following the official opening on August 31st 2016.