Many thanks to Cameron and the Scouts for their efforts. The local community was deliriously happy that someone had helped along their project “out of the blue”. So much so that they wanted to have an opening party and they had used the grant funds as a stepping stone to other local fund raising.
The health worker who will use the facility and has waited almost a decade, working without facilities, often from her own home, gave an emotional speech thanking the Trust and the donors for delivering what her own country had been unable to provide.
Prior to the opening we were all treated to a wonderful lunch, served by ladies in traditional Magar dress.
Jackie Thomson, Trust Secretary, cut the ribbon…………
and thereafter there was music, dancing, speeches and general merriment.
Nepal Schools Trust, and Jim Campbell, announced that they would give a further grant of 50,000 NRs. This, the Club wanted to use to extend the building to an additional room.
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.
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
We all wish Scherie well in her endeavours and hope that she finds the experience enjoyable and inspiring.
We are delighted to announce a collaboration with Nepal Schools Aid. This follows our very successful collaboration with the Scottish charity, Books Abroad, last year when we air freighted books to 16 schools.
To see a report on that initiative click HERE
Pragatinagar school kids (photo Kyle Hamilton)
This UK charity has a well established and quality teacher training programme running in Kathmandu for Primary Teachers and are trying to roll out places to some rural teachers in Nepal. With this in mind they contacted Nepal Schools Trust and we are delighted to say that we have been able to agree to 32 teachers from Pragatinagar and Devchuli’s 16 Primary Schools (i.e. 2 teachers per school) being provided with funding from us to travel to and stay in Kathmandu whilst Nepal Schools Aid will provide the training courses free of charge to trainees. Scherie Nicol, currently in the village on our behalf , is making the initial admninistrative arrangements, Chris Dickinson, Chairman and other trustees have approved funding and the teachers will go in groups of 8 to four week long courses between now and November. Chris Dickinson, Trust Chairman, plans to observe on a course when in Nepal in November.
We look forward to our teachers attending these courses, hearing about their experiences and hopefully seeing the benefits in our classrooms of improved learning for children.
It is a wonderful example of how collaboration between small charities can so quickly and effectively bring additional benefits to both charities, but more importantly to the target communities that we seek to help.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone at Nepal Schools Aid for identifying us as a potential partner and we hope that we can make further collaborations in the future.