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Nepal Update

As we enter the final week of term before Christmas we would like to remember our friends in Nepal.

We announced recently that over £100k has been raised so far, since the devastating earthquakes hit in April this year. We will be continuing our fundraising efforts with our Christmas Jumper day, followed in January by the Auction of Promises.

Below is an update on the situation in Nepal and how some of the money is being spent, particularly regarding the pupils at the Peace Garden School:

Arjun, the Head Master of the Peace Garden School is continuing to do a splendid job. He is managing the school well despite difficult circumstances and despite having to live in one of the classrooms with his family. He has organised two rooms for overnight accommodation for the pupils doing their School Leaving Certificate. They work when the electricity is on even in the middle of the night!

In addition, our fundraising has paid for carpets and thick underlay in the temporary classrooms because the children sit on the floor and the temperature is dropping as winter sets in. In addition we will be spending money to concrete some of the classroom floors; presently they are just covered in bricks.

During the last visit to Nepal (Nepa-15), Dr Hudson identified pupils who needed a visit to the Opticians. We took them to the opticians and here they are with their new glasses. They will now be able to read the board!

On a broader level, since the earthquake and the border closure, the incidence of people, particularly children are getting burned by the open fires is huge. Many are still living under canvass or corrugated shacks and the cooking and heating is done all on open fires. We have contact with the lady called Wendy Marston who runs a burn’s unit in Kathmandu. We have given her money so that we she can provide them beds, food medication, ointment for burns etc. This is a voluntary organisation and they have a website – see http://bvsnepal.org.np/who_we_are.html

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