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Posted by: In: Trips 29 Dec 2012 0 comments
Jim Campbell of Port Glasgow visited Nepal in November 2012 in connection with his own fund raising efforts back home for Nepal Schools Trust.
Jim is fund raising through a sponsored ascent of Ben Nevis and other initiatives in his local area.
In this respect we would like to thank, so far, the following:

  • Arnold Clark Automobiles, Jim’s employer, for their kind donation of £250.
  • West Renfrewshire Lodges, of which Jim is a member, for their kind donation of £275
Jim wearing a typical Newari hat gifted to him at the opening of Milijuli Primary School.
Jim rafting through “Little Brother” on a four day trip down the Kali Gandaki River
Jim hiking on Devchuli Mountain in the Mahabharat Range
Jim leading the group as they head down from Devchuli

Jim and Mukunda crossing a suspension bridge near Kirtipur.

Jim with local girls at Surya Kiran, dressed in traditional Magar costume, at the opening of a new health centre.  Jim’s funding efforts will go towards

  • enlarging and equipping the health centre
  • to  buy some regular meat for the limited food budget at the Special Unit for profoundly deaf children in Pragatinagar.
  • scholarships for children from very poor familes in the Surya Kiran Primary School catchment.
Jim officiates at opening of a filtered water system at Prithvi School with Mukunda Raj Shrestha
Locals welcome Jim to Surya Kiran Health and Community Centre
Jim making a speech at the health centre opening where he announced that he wishes to raise funds for them.
Jim at Dibyajoti Secondary School where the Trust has helped with a large building project.
Jim meeting pupils at Manakamana Primary, in a temporary bamboo and tin building.
Learning to cope with the “malla” welcomes…
Jim almost “buried” in malla
Milijuli Primary School opening celebrations
Milijuli kids excited about their new school
On elephant safari in Chitwan….and…..below
Jim checking out a sick baby rhino savaged by a tiger
A wild rhino as we walked in Chitwan
Posted by: In: Trips 08 May 2012 0 comments
At Easter 2012 the Hamilton family from NE England, friends of Don McLeod, Trustee, visited Nepal and spent time with Mukunda.  During their tour they visited some village schools, donated a computer to Narayani Primary School and by all accounts had a wonderful experience.

Visiting Mukunda’s mum

Here is a link to Cameron’s blog that tells the story of their visit.

 Here are a string of photos of their trip.

Cameron also made and edited a lovely film of their experiences – click on link below to see it.

Congratulations on a wonderful report and for the family’s help for Nepal Schools. We love you.

Posted by: In: Teaching, Trips 05 May 2012 0 comments

Alice Thomson from UK was in Pragatinagar and Devchuli recently visditng some of our schools.  She did little bits of teaching in some classes at Laligurans Nursery (seen above) and Bhimsen Secondary School. Nepal Schools Trust is actively looking at placing volunteers from UK into some schools in our district in Nepal.  If you, or anyone you know has an interest then please get in touch with Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman.

Posted by: In: Raising awareness, Trips 08 Jan 2012 0 comments

Don McLeod, new trustee, took his whole family, and their relatives, the Peden family from Oban, to see Nepal and the work of Nepal Schools Trust in December 2011.

On their journey to the district we help they enjoyed adventures……..and many wonderful sights……….including………..

The medieval city of Bhakatapur with its wonderful temples…….

Lake Phewa Tal at Pokhara, close to the Annapurna Range……..

…….where they also cycled up Sarangkot to see the majestic peaks

Like the Fishtail Peak………………….

Before setting off on a journey down the Kali Gandaki River by raft……….

Navigating the rapids for nearly three days………..

Camping on sandy beaches………………

Eating wonderful camp food cooked by our guide Mukunda…..

Soaking up sun during the day, although the trip included one raft flip!!
Playing at being captain of the raft……….

Until the peak of Devchuli came into view and……………

We started a trek through the Mahabharat Range of mountains………….

Crossing paddy fields, rivers with our porters ………………….

Following ridges and…………………..

Setting camp for the night…………………

Passing through mountain villages………….

Eventually to a base camp below Devchuli Peak……………

From where we all climbed to the peak to see the unparalelled panaorama…….

Of the majestic Himalayas to the north.

Finally it was time to descend to the south towards Pragatinagar………

To the beautiful village of Kirtipur………………

Where we received a warm welcome from the local community…………

Before starting our visit to the schools that are helped by Nepal Schools Trust.

I would like to thank Don and John and their families for taking the time to come to Nepal and explore the countryside that leads to the area we work and share experience of seeing how the funds that Nepal Schools Trust has raised are making a difference in Pragatinagar and Devchuli.

I would also like to thank them for their fund raising and donations and I know that they went on to enjoy visits to Chitwan National Park, where they saw rhinos, elephants and crocodiles, and Kathmandu, capital of Nepal.

Chris Dickinson, Chairman.

A fantastic response meant that the inaugural fund raising trip to Nepal had 20 people take part. Unfortunately, just a matter of days before the trip started, Candace Wilson from Toronto had to pull out after falling from a camel in Jordan and suffering back injuries. We all wish her well in her recovery.


The trip convened in Bhaktapur, a medieval city SE of Kathmandu. We spent two nights there, enjoying the car free environment and wonderful buildings and temples.


Welcome to Bhaktapur. Woof!


Sally, Keith and Kyle at breakfast at Hotel Sweet Home.


Day two, taking a tour into Patan and Kathmandu.


We visited the holy Hindu site of Pashupatinath


…and the largest Bhuddist Stupa in Nepal at Boudinath, before heading into Thamel for shopping and a spectacular meal and culture programme in the evening.


Next day we filled an entire plane en route to Pokhara and Hotel Holiday at damside.


In the afternoon we trekked up to the Peace Stupa above Phewa Tal with great views to the Annapurna Range.


Machapuchare, known as the “fishtail” takes centre stage. We returned across the lake by boat.


Next day was cycling day for some and local sights tour for non-cyclists. jeep

Next day we headed east and then south towards the Kali Gandaki River and the Mahabharat Mountain Range. This range is the southernmost significant mountain range in Nepal. Taken by jeeps as far as the Kali Gandaki, we started a tent based trek.


Crossing the Kali Gandaki next morning by a monumental suspension footbridge.


Our porters crossing a side stream.


The party is greeted at a school en route to Arkala.


Wonderful views north to the Himalayas as we climb towards the ridge of the Mahabharat.

village view


Finally the route traversed along and across the crest of the Mahabharat.


Climbing up to Devchuli Peak with amazing views of Fishtail and Annapurna.


The unequalled panorama from Devchuli summit, highest point in the western Mahabharat.


The viewing tower on the summit of Devchuli peak.


On the descent. We finally descended steeply, the south side of the Mahabharat Range to the village of Kirtipur, passing this extraordinary tree……………………..


…and then on towards Pragatinagar, where we were met by Oleg and Olga who had just travelled by catamaran down the length of the Sun Kosi River.


We received a rapturous welcome at Milijuli School where we are helping to fund a new building to replace the existing bamboo and grass structure.



Proud students at Surya Kiran Primary School (below), seated on furniture funded last year by Nepal Schools Trust, made from wood from the community forest and crafted by a local carpenter.


After our stay in Devchuli and Pragatinagar, areas where the Trust works with schools, we moved to Chitwan National Park where we stayed at Unique Wild Resort. Highlights were the canoe safari where we saw about six crocodiles and a multitude of beautiful birds including wild peacocks………………………..



…and the elephant safari, four to an elephant… a perfect platform from which to see the wildlife of Chitwan, especially the Rhinos



Bath time for the elephants, against the backdrop of Manaslu.


En route back to Kathmandu, we took to the wild waters of the Trisuli River.


Before long we were plunging through wavetrains and holes


…and getting thoroughly immersed in it all!!


The final day of the trip was a “rest day” and nine of the group took a mountain flight to see Everest.


A view of the highest peak on earth from our small plane. The trip rounded off with a final meal in Bhaktapur, before folks went their separate ways. Many many thanks to all the participants. The contributions that were raised for Nepal Schools Trust as a result were in the region of £5,000, a wonderful addition to funds for schools projects.

Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman, Spean Bridge, Scotland Sally Dickinson, Trust Treasurer, Spean Bridge, Scotland Jackie Tomson, Trust Secretary, Norwich, England Rebecca Vaughan, Norwich, England Roddy & Maggie Glen, Edinburgh, Scotland. Willie & Hazel Young, Dunoon, Scotland Morna Knox, Strachur, Scotland Brenda Grant, Corpach Scotland Katherine Grant, Roy Bridge, Scotland Nigel & Lisa Ginniff, Bolton, England Keith & Pat Hamilton, Saskatoon, Canada Craig Hamilton, Saskatoon, Canada Kyle Hamilton, Fernie, B.C., Canada Oleg & Olga Kuzmichev, St Petersburg, Russia

Posted by: In: Trips 12 Dec 2010 0 comments

In mid November, Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman, shown here, and Jackie Thomson, Trustee, spent 8 days in Pragatinagar and Devchuli VDCs. In that time they visited all 21 of the schools in the area. This picture shows the warm welcome given to them at Bhimsen Adarsha Secondary.

Here, Mukunda Raj Shreshta, Honorary Trustee, and Jackie, relax after a day visiting schools. The new Namaste Hotel, the first in the area, provided a comfortable base during our stay.

Chris and Jackie in class! The visit allowed us to complete an audit of all the schools, meet all the Principals and Chairmen, and listen to concerns. We also saw first hand many classes and made plans of many campuses, allowing us to best target grant funding for the future.

Students sitting proudy on and at the new furniture we funded at Surya Kiran Primary School. The benches and desks were made by a local carpenter with wood procured from the community forest. Classes were alse equipped with electric light and fans and brightened up with freshly painted walls. Just compare this to the class photographed on our last visit….below…….

Transport was often by motorcycle courtesy of locals. Here Chris is riding with the Chairman of the School management Committee of Manakamana Primary School.

A shot in a class at the embryonic Milijuli Primary School, a bamboo and grass structure that we have made a grant of £8000 pounds towards this year, to construct a new building.

A welcome from the students in the village of Kirtipur, one of our villages that is high on the slopes of Devchuli Mountain.

Mukunda, back left, and Jackie, centre front, with students of Dibyajoti Lower Secondary School. The school has spent the last two and a half years constructing this new building, after one of their original buildings collapsed. We agreed to represent the school in an external funding bid in 2011 to find the £10,000 required to finish the building.

Posted by: In: Trips 19 Oct 2010 0 comments

Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman, is leading a trip to Nepal with friends and family. The trip has raised a very substantial amount of funds for the Trust’s work in Pragatinagar and Devchuli.
He is leaving on 1st November for Nepal and will spend a couple of weeks in the village district this year, before most folks arrive for the trip. The following are taking part.

Chris and Sally Dickinson, Trustees, Spean Bridge, UK
Jackie Tomson, Trustee, Norwich, UK
Mukunda Raj Shrestha, Honorary Trustee, Kathmandu, Nepal,
Rebecca Vaughn, Norwich, UK
Nigel and Lisa Ginniff, West Houghton, Lancs., UK
Morna Knox, Strachur, Argyll, UK
Hazel and Willie Young, Dunoon, Argyll, UK
Katherine and Brenda Grant, Lochaber, UK
Roddy and Maggie Glen, Edinburgh, UK
Kyle Hamilton, Fernie, B.C., Canada
Keith, Pat and Craig Hamilton, Saskatoon, Canada
Candace Wilson, Toronto, Canada
Oleg and Olga Kuzmichev, St Petersburg, Russia

After spending time in Bhaktapur, Kathm,andu and Pokhara the group will trek south across the Mahabharat Range to Devchuli and Pragatinagar to see the village districts where the Trust helps schools and the trip will finish with a visit to Chitwan National Park, wildlife safaris, a Trisuli raft trip, before returning to Bhaktapur. Trip starts 28 November and finishes 11th December 2010.

Posted by: In: Trips 11 May 2010 0 comments

Mukunda sent a few pictures back from Nepal of the Mahabharat region around Devchuli. These are taken in the hot pre-monsoon season. We can expect cooler and clearer weather in December with views back to the Himalaya. We will be trekking through this area for 5 days.

A smile amidst the hardship………

Mahabharat Range

Magar kids at Devchuli base camp

Kids on their duty……grazing the goats…..no schools!!

Milhuli school in Devchuli, a temporary building, without water or toilets. The beginnings of a school education in this region. Bamboo and grass.

Posted by: In: Trips 07 Apr 2010 0 comments

The trip to Nepal, organised by Chris Dickinson, that as part of the itinerary will trek across the Mahabharat Range to Pragatinagar and spend time in the village and see some of the schools that we help has seen an overwhelming response. Chris, Sally and Jackie, the Trustees are all likely to make the trip, with Mukunda helping as guide and a further 15 or so supporters. Watch this space for further details. If you missed this trip then consider coming in 2011.

Posted by: In: Fundraising, Trips 06 Apr 2010 0 comments

Chris organised a trip for friends to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. The launch was November 28th. Left to Right: Olga dn Oleg Kuzmichev (St Petersburg, Russia); Callum Anderson (Spean Bridge, Scotland); Doug Knapp (Everett, Washington); Larry Grant (Seattle); Tim Cox (Tacoma); Stephen Cant (Fort William); Chris Dickinson (Spean Bridge); Phil Dicken (Manchester UK); Kevin Kaiser (Bellingham, Washington). Surplus funds from everyone’s contributions were donated to the Trust and raised nearly £600 for Nepal Schools. Thanks to everyone involved and for a great trip.

It was a winter trip and very cold at times, but pleasant for hikes and quiet.

Water level was excellent, in region 14-18,000 cfs…….. Here Tim is rafting Granite

Chris, making his run down Horn Creek Rapid

Callum kayaking through the V wave going into Lava Falls.