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Posted by: In: Volunteers 26 Aug 2012 0 comments

Cameron Hamilton, who with his family visited Nepal and Pragatinagar at Easter 2012, has been working with the Gosforth Scouts to raise funds to help roof and improve a small Medical Centre being built by volunteers opposite the Primary Schools at Surya Kiran. 

 

The building is being constructed by the efforts of a community organisation called Shree Prithivi Samaj Sewa Club.  Essentially a social welfare club, they recognise that the local health worker has no facilities whatsoever and so over a number of years are trying to raise enough funds to complete a small Medical Centre with a consultation room and waiting area.  Nepal Schools Trust has just recently launched its own Health Education initiative and we are delighted to assist in the administration of a 50,000 Rupee grant (approx £400).  This grant will be used to roof and plaster the building and will hopefully encourage the community to move forward and complete the project.  A further £200 has been given to Nepal Schools Trust by the Scouts towards the Health Education initiative. Scherie Nicol, a volunteer for the Trust who is currently in Nepal, has been participating in a working group to draft materials for the initiative, to use in schools and the community.

Posted by: In: Volunteers 06 Aug 2012 0 comments

Nepal Schools Trust is delighted to announce that Scherie Nicol, a Senior Reasearcher at the Scottish Parliament, has become the first overseas volunteer in Pragatinagar and Devchuli.  She is currently in the middle of a two month stay.  She is seen here drawing drinking water from the newly installed filtration system at Narayani Primary School.

Scherie is staying with the family of the Head Teacher of Manakamana Primary School (below)


Scherie receiving the tradionally warm welcome from the school staff, Chairman and students

Whilst in the village she will be carrying out a number of tasks for the Trust

  • English language conversational classes for teachers and adults
  • English language conversational classes from some students
  • Coordinating and recruiting 32 teachers to take part in teacher training in Kathmandu through Nepal Schools Aid, a UK charity providing one week foundation courses
  • Evaluating previous Nepal Schools Trust initiatives through inspections and questionnaires
  • Beginning arrangements in every school (of 20) for the roll out of filtered water systems
  • Working with Nepal Schools Aid staff to produce a health education training package
  • Identifying what clubs, agencies, facilities are in existence in the VDCs outside schools
  • Making recommendations for deploying future volunteers.

We all wish Scherie well in her endeavours and hope that she finds the experience enjoyable and inspiring.


 Scherie learns the art of rice planting with the locals
 The Head of Kirtipur school completes a questionnaire about the usefulness of current Nepal Schools Trust support.
 
 Manakamana’s temporary bamboo and grass building before…………………
 ………….and after a recent monsoon storm.
This school is a Nepal Schools Trust priority for assistance this year.

Posted by: In: Volunteers 31 Jul 2012 0 comments
Fendercare MarineA huge thank you to the staff at Fendercare Marine, in Seething, Norfolk for lending us their immaculate waistlines for one day – they generously agreed to eat cake on behalf of Nepal Schools Trust to help raise funds to send our deaf children at Jana Jyoti for assessments.  A grand total of £38.22 was raised on the day and they are willing to do this again – although I am sure it was a difficult task!!  Very many thanks for your support everyone.  Four children can go for a hearing assessment as a result of your help!

Chris and Rebbecca have been working on an update to our website.

This now inlcudes more detailed information about Nepal Schools Trust, a link to our film, a googlemap of the area we work, a page devoted to grants made, illustrations and of course How to Donate.

As before this blog acts as a rolling newsletter.

We expect shortly to have a Paypal facility to allow online donations.

Have a look now at www.nepalschoolstrust.org.uk

The filming that was undertaken on ouir behalf by Kyle Hamilton of Canada, seen here, in November 2010 has now been crafted into a short film lasting 8 minutes. I would like to thank Kyle for this fine effort to help the Trust with its publicity needs and look forward to using the film to assist in fund raising events. If you would like to see the film just click HERE

Posted by: In: Volunteers 21 May 2011 0 comments

The Trust is delighted to welcome Donny McLeod as our fourth Trustee.

Don on a trip last year to Erraid/Mull and Iona.

He recently cycled Land’s End to John 0′ Groats to raise funds for the
charity.

We look forward to his ideas and contributions.

He is hoping, with his wife Vicki and three boys to accompany Chris to Nepal late in 2011

In his own words,

‘Unlike the other trustees, I haven’t yet earned my freedom and I am happily enjoying life as a Police Officer in the North East of England where I live with my wife, Vicki and three young boys. I have a great love of wild places, particularly the mountains and qualified as a mountain instructor in the mid 1990’s – and love to take others, including my boys to such wild and beautiful places. I have worked in outdoor education on and off since 1985 when I met the chairman, Chris Dickinson. Since then, I have dabbled in the full range of adventurous sports such as sailing, and have, at various times in the past, been a committed kayaker, open boater and paraglider. As a family we enjoy all these activities, particularly climbing, skiing, kayaking and cycling and I take great satisfaction from seeing others enjoying and growing through these activities, even when it means the boys are better than their dad! My other interests include education and the inequality of development/underdevelopment which lead me to work as a secondary school teacher of Geography in Scotland, England and also Tanzania in East Africa where I saw poverty in the raw. Hence, for me, Nepal Schools Trust is an inspirational project from an old friend of mine, and it has allowed me, once again, to be involved in education and play a part in giving others opportunities they may not have had. I hope that our work will go some way to providing young people in Nepal, and elsewhere, with such opportunities and insights we all, as human beings should enjoy.’

Kyle Hamilton, and brother Craig, from Canada, dwarfing a local man at Daldale. Kyle came to Pragatinagar and Devchuli at invitation of Trust Chairman, Chris Dickinson, to help by making a film of the area, the way of life and the work of the Trust in local schools. We look forward to seeing the results and using the film for future fund raising.

Kyle in class at Milijuli Primary, a bamboo and grass building we are helping to replace.

The Milijuli teachers with Craig, who is 6’7″ tall.

Kyle capturing the technique of a local fisherman in Daldale.

Local people carry leaves and straw, fodder for their animals and roofing material.

In 2010, Kyle Hamilton of Saskatoon, who will be visiting Pragatinagar as part of Chris Dickinson’s Nepal visit, has volunteered to come to the village early for a while to help make a film about the area and the work that we are endeavouring to do. Great Kyle and be great also to have your brother Craig help. Maybe we can twist his arm to be a presenter or interviewer :-)

Posted by: In: Trips, Volunteers 05 Jan 2010 0 comments

Rachel – one of the Cambridge Buskers (left of the photograph) went off to Nepal in November and spent some time trekking with Mukunda up into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Following this she did some voluntary teaching work in a school in Kathmandu, and then was interested to visit the south of the country – taking in Chitwan National Park and Lumbini – the world heritage site and birthplace of the Buddha. She was very keen to visit the village and see for herself the schools where we are helping. The photograph below shows her visiting Vrikuti – receiving the usual most wonderful welcome from staff and children alike.

Rachel has returned to UK inspired to help our schools in any way she can. Many thanks for that.

Posted by: In: Volunteers 25 Aug 2009 0 comments

Nepal Schools Trust has joined VAL, a support organisation in Lochaber district for the voluntary sector. Chris met with the co-ordinator, Marion Smith yesterday.


Membership will give us access to advice, accounts support and auditing, reprographics facilities, fund search assistance and many other facilities for an annual fee of just £12.

Next week we are undertaking a fund search exercise for the Trust, to identify charities and trusts UK wide that consider supporting initiatives by a charity such as ours. This is a computer exercise that aids a search of charitable databases.