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Nepal Expedition Success

Over the Easter holiday Birkdale School, which has been directly supporting The Peace Garden School and other Nepalese charities since 2000, embarked on their Nepa16 trip.

Over 50 pupils, staff and volunteers from various backgrounds and professions made the journey with this year’s focus on helping local people to further recover after the devastating earthquake in April 2015.

Once again the Birkdale team were so very warmly welcomed by the Head Master Arjun and pupils of The Peace Garden School in Kathmandu. Over the last 16 years pupils from Birkdale have gained such fulfilment and life experience from teaching and working with the pupils at The Peace Garden School and this was no different this year.

In addition to working with the young people the Nepa16 party also had a strong medical and engineering aspect to their work in country. Basic medical checks together with eye tests and a focus on oral health care were conducted at a number of different locations across the three week trip.

The engineering team was able to do invaluable work assessing structural damage to buildings – particularly the Tibetan Centre and other school locations – much of this work being led by a team which had been trained and facilitated at the University of Sheffield.

Keith Brook MBE, who leads the Birkdale trip each year commented: “It is such a humbling experience to visit the people of Nepal. They are such a happy and contented country – always with a ready and warm smile of welcome – even in the most difficult of circumstances. Given the earthquake last year we were not only pleased to continue our work and association with The Peace Garden School, but also to further our medical support, and start a new role looking at how we can help to strengthen buildings. Birkdale is always pleased to partner with local organisations and this year more than ever we very much brought with us a multifaceted team”.

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