FUNDS FROM THE ESTATE OF CATHERINE SEARLE HELP US COMPLETE OUR FILTERED WATER INSTALLATIONS IN SCHOOLS IN SPECTACULARLY QUICK TIME.
By mid 2012, Nepal Schools Trust had installed a filtered water system for drinking in Narayani Primary School. We were already in a position to fund two further schemes at Bhimsen and Prithvi Secondary Schools. Scherie Nicol, our voluteer, who did a placement in the village districts in July asnd August last year was tasked, among other things, with assessing whhich school ought to be considered for a filtration system in the future and in what order of priority.
Around this time Chris received a letter from the Executors of Catherine Searle’s Estate asking what projects in Nepal we were currently engaged in. I sent in a note of our priorities and much to my delight they agreed to give Nepal Schools Trust the princely sum of £10,000 towards installing further filtered water systems in schools. Catherine Searle worked in nursing and spent time in the subcontinent. Apparently it was her wish to have some of her estate distributed in such a way as to improve health of children.
With Jackie Thomson leading a feasibility survey and Mukunda Raj Shrestha masterminding the ordering and installations, a further 15 systems were installed during the final month of 2012 and first two months of 2013. That made 18 in total, leaving just two schools without, Kumsot and Kirtipur, where the villages are still awaiting electrical connection.
Pictures of some of the new installations
I would like to record our heartfelt thanks to Catherine Searle, for her foresight in willing some of her estate for such a good cause; to Colin Heath and Nigel Blake, her executors, for judging that Nepal Schools Trust was a worthy recipient of her funds, to Mukunda Raj Shreshta, for his extraordinary effort in completing the installations so quickly and finally to all our schools who cooperated, and in some cases contributed funds for infrastructure to this noble project. May all the youth of Pragatainagar and Devchuli VDC schools be much more healthy, hydrated and successful in their future schooling.