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Posted by: In: Raising awareness 25 Mar 2012 0 comments

On Sunday 6th March 25th 2012, Sally Dickinson, Trust Treasurer, gave a wee presentation at the Sunday School in the village church hall at Kilmonivaig.

This included a slide presentation to the children about Nepal, its people and about the schoolchildren helped by the Trust. To finish off they coloured in the Nepali Flag and discovered the meaning of the flag’s shape, symbols and colours.

A film made by Chris, Trust Chairman, of the opening day at Narayani Primary School on Dec 27th 2011.

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.

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

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.

Durbar+Bhaktapur

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.

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Welcome to Bhaktapur. Woof!

breakfast

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

Bus

Day two, taking a tour into Patan and Kathmandu.

Pashupatinah

We visited the holy Hindu site of Pashupatinath

Bhoudda

…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.

Plane

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

Peace+stupa

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

Fishtail

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

Bikes

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.

Bridge

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

Porter

Our porters crossing a side stream.

School+Greeting

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

Sally+trekking

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

village view

Path

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

Mahabharat

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

Devchuli+peak

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

Summit

The viewing tower on the summit of Devchuli peak.

Trek+down

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

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.

Milijuli+dance

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.

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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.

Canoe

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………………………..

Crocodile

Elephant

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

Rhino

Bath+time

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

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

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Before long we were plunging through wavetrains and holes

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…and getting thoroughly immersed in it all!!

Everest

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

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

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 :-)

Chris planned and led a walk into Glen Tarff, near Fort Augustus, for the Spean Bridge Walking Group. We all enjoyed the magnificent autumn colours.

We had a brief break at Culachy Falls, a small tributary of the Tarff.

Lovely view to Fort Augustus and Loch Ness on the descent.

Afterwards we laid on tea and coffee at Bla Bheinn, and then Chris gave a presentation about the Nepal Schools Trust.

This was followed by a Nepali meal, masterminded by Sally.

The evening ended with trips into the hot tub and BBQ hut.

The event raised £163 for Nepal Schools and most donations came with gift aid forms which will bring in 28% more funds in due course. Thanks to all who attended and for all the generous donations.

Posted by: In: Raising awareness 06 Sep 2009 0 comments

Chris is currently sending out appeal letters by email to as many folks as possible to try and raise additional funds so that we can grant aid a nursery school where all the teachers have been working for two years without pay. Donations are very much appreciated. Thanks.