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Posted by: In: Fundraising 02 May 2013 0 comments

Jim Campbell of Port Glasgow, third from left, following his visit to Nepal has been busy helping to raise funds for Nepal Schools Trust.  Here James Livingstone, Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Renfrewshire West (second from right) presents a cheque from the local lodges to Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman.  Chris travelled to Greenock for the occasion and received a warm welcome and gave a short presentation about the Trust.  Many thanks to everyone involved and in particular to Jim Campbell for his fine efforts.

Scholarships for kids from poor families at Surya Kiran primary School, (nursery class below with Jackie Thomson, Trustee)

Funds will go towards protein in the diet for the Profoundly Deaf Unit children in Pragatinagar, who live in the school at Jana Jyoti Model Girls school (below)

and further development of the health post and community ,meeting building across the road from the school, operated by the local social welfare club.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 05 Apr 2013 0 comments

Angus Bruce Jones is currently away making his attempt to climb Everest.  As a way of giving back to Nepal, he has decided to launch a play-park project to take play park hardware to Nepal for installing in communities and schools there.  We at Nepal Schools Trust are collaborating with Angus to place some of these playparks in Devchuli and Pragatinagar VDCs. The equipment is manufactured by his brother at Caledonia Play in Scotland.www.caledoniaplay.com

If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause then you can make a donation to Nepal Schools Trust directly and mark your donation for Everest Play-Parks.  Go to this link to see details about donating.


More information about Angus’s climb can be found at:


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and also at Pahar Trust Nepal website, another charity with whom he is collaborating:


Posted by: In: Fundraising 29 May 2012 0 comments

Jana Jyoti Model Girls High School in Pragatinagar is not just for girls!  There is a specialist unit within the school for 42 deaf students. boys and girls, who receive wonderful support and education within classes and also practically learning crafts and farming skills.  Without the benefit of western child assessment these students have never had their hearing potential assessed.  We have found a possibility for this through an Australian charity, Hearing Project Nepal, who have set up an Auditory Assessment facility in Pokhara, and are offering free assessments.  This appeal is to raise £500 to cover the costs of taking all the students there to see and understand a little of their country, and discover if any of them could benefit from the use of hearing aids. 

Above is a photograph of some of the children with their teachers and carers receiving gifts brought by a family of Canadians who visited our project in Nepal.  Any help for this trip for these children will be very gratefully received.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 23 May 2012 0 comments


Two children from Norwich, decided to hold a sale of toys they no longer played with.  They raised £25 and asked us to buy something for the children at Lali Gurans Nursery.  Now the children there have a ‘big top’ and a variety of circus glove puppets and hopefully are having lots of fun with them.  Thank you Billy and Jodie!

Posted by: In: Fundraising 05 Feb 2012 0 comments

Resulting from the enthusiastic organisation of Margaret Boyd from Spean Bridge, a fund raising meal was arranged at Sugar & Spice cafe in Fort William on Feb 4th, with surplus funds from the evening going to Nepal Schools Trust. Guests enjoyed a wonderful Thai supper from Katy and her husband Bow.
There were 26 folks present on the night and fun was had with Chris and Sally from the Trust sharing some information about their work in Nepal. The meal , a Heads & Tails game, a wee raffle and a quiz helped raise the incredible sum of £287 for the Trust. We wish to record our thanks to Margaret, Sugar & Spice and everyone who gave assistance, extra donations or prizes, but especially to those generous folks who turned up to support the event…………all the funds raised are being put towards a water filtration system for a school in Nepal. Estimated cost for an installed system is in region of £1000 and the funds raised locally this year in Lochaber now stand at over £500.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 08 Jan 2012 0 comments

We are indebted to the members of Hawking House, at Swanmore College of Technology, in Hampshire for selecting Nepal Schools Trust as a charity to support last year, raising the wonderful total of £431.95

Click HERE to see the school’s page on its fine fund raising efforts.

Posted by: In: Donations, Fundraising 18 Jun 2011 0 comments

Wedding of Dave McCraw and Claire Browne in May 2011

We are delighted to announce that Dave and Claire, who asked guests to give donations to Nepal Schools in lieu of wedding presents, have raised more than £4000 for Narayani Primary School.

These funds are being given to the school to erect new classrooms on the foundation seen here.

Jackie Thomson, seen here in a Narayani classroom, awarded an initial grant of £4000 when she visited the school a week ago.

Needless to say they were both stunned and excited and have already ordered in building supplies to get on with construction.

Chris Dickinson, Chairman, will be visiting the school with Don McLeod, new trustee, towards the end of the year to see what progress they have made.

A massive thanks on behalf of the kids, parents and community of Narayani School to Dave and Claire and we wish them every happiness and good fortune in their marriage. We do hope that they will find time in the future to visit Narayani and perhaps open the building. I would also like to put on record our thanks to all the friends and family who made such generous donations.

Chairman, Nepal Schools Trust

Posted by: In: Fundraising 23 May 2011 0 comments

Chris Dickinson, Chairman of Nepal Schools Trust, is one of Scotland’s most experienced and accomplished white water kayakers. In the last month and half he has run a whole series of events, including river tours, British Canoe Union courses and safety courses which have helped raise funds for the Trust. Many thanks to all those who took part, your participation has raised a significant amount for schools in Pragatinagar and Devchuli VDCs.

Paddlers tackling the tricky Randolph’s Leap on the River Findhorn, Scotland.

Free-falling over Right Angle Falls, River Etive.

Plunging deep into the magnificent Meig Gorge.

Running the infamous Headbanger drop on the Spean Gorge.

Posted by: In: Fundraising 21 Mar 2011 0 comments

L to R. Chris, Ben, Tom, Donny, William, Anna, Ian as the funds raised are handed over.

The Nepal Schools Trust received a wonderful surprise last week.

Chairman, Chris Dickinson was visiting Don McLeod’s house in Rowland’s Gill, to be told that Don had recently completed a sponsored cycle journey the length of Britain, with proceeds going to both Nepal Schools Trust and the Rowland’s Gill Primary School PTA.

I would like to thank Don for this incredible effort on our behalf, and also everyone at the PTA, school and especially everyone who sponsored Don for these great causes.

His ride raised £424 for the Trust and the same for the PTA.

The funds raised are to be spent on the installation of a filtered water supply for the pupils of Narayani Primary School in Nawalparasi, Nepal. More on this development to come :-)

Well done Don.

In his own words…………………………….

“Having torn my achilles in June 2010, I needed to lose some weight! With only a weeks notice, the challenge was to cycle Lands End to JOG, on my own, in winter, carrying all my own gear. 960 very cold and lonely miles cycled end to end between 16 – 28th Jan 11. 50% of the time camping, the rest B&B or with relatives. Would I do it again? Yes!”

Money raised was split 50/50 between the trust and Rowlands Gill Primary PTA.

You can read more about Don’s epic cycle ride at:


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