Most tourists do not visit Nepal in winter as they are under the impression that it is too cold to trek. NOT TRUE! This is my first time visit in January and I as pleasantly surprised as the temperature is perfect for trekking. Of course on higher altitude treks you would be more exposed to the cold and first season [….]Read More
We first visited Maguwa village in 2010 on our way to the Manaslu trek. Our guide at the time Thag Bahadur invited our group to stay at his village Buddithum which is the neighbouring village and the home of one of our Sherpa staff. As we were kindly invited we decided to take some much need equipment to both Buddithum and Maguwa (Sarawathi) schools as a donation of gratitude. This equipment included 300 copy books, 300 pens and pencils, all of which were purchased in Kathmandu for the small sum of Aust$60. As well as books and pens we took much needed warm clothing for both adults and children.
After visiting the school I realised that some of the class rooms and the principal’s room were in need of repair, the roof leaked and the mud walls were beginning to collapse. The children were in desperate need of toilet amenities and piping to pump water to the school.
Each classroom accomodates 30 children in a very small area. Some rooms were equipped with desks and chairs but they were in need of repair or replacement. Each room had one small window which let in very little light.
On my return home I approached Lindfield East Public School to assist me with finances to help build new classrooms and repairs old ones. Thanks to the children and parents of LEPS the children at Sarawasi School now have 2 new classrooms, a teachers room, toilet and water connected to the school. All of this work was achieved by 4 volunteers including myself and the assistance of the village committee parents and children.
The children from both schools are now corresponding. Whilst in Pokhara and Kathmandu I purchase many fabulous handicraft items to take to the children at LEPS who will sell the items, the profit from selling thes items will be returned to Nepal to assist with the projects
Whilst at the village in April 2012 I visited another school that is also in need of assistance with regards to building more classrooms, so in 2012 we planned another volunteer project, this time in conjunction with Shree Basari Secondary School which is situated in a remote village 12 hours drive from Kathmandu.
Before departure on a trek in late 2012 with my family, Sarah my niece and her friend Hollie, we organised a fundraiser for the school in Nepal, they managed to raise $2700, and together with funds raised by Lindfield East Public school, who have been supporting remote area schools in Nepal for the past 4 years, we have been able to finish 4 new classrooms in Shree Basari Secondary School.
Buddithum village and school visit – Editorial by Roby
BUDDITHUM VILLAGE AND THE SCHOOLS I’d been to Nepal before. Trekking with Lyn & friends in the Annapurna region last year. First trek. First trip to Nepal. There’s a reason “Namaste” is used for Greetings & Goodbyes. Once you’ve heard it, used it – you’ll want to return. And so did I.“This time,” I said to Lyn over coffee one [….]Read More
2015 LEPS/Saraswati School calendar
I have worked with Lindfied East Public School again this year to to coordinate the publication of a 2015 LEPS/Saraswati School calendar to assist in highlighting the school’s international links with Nepal and to raise additional aid funds. for the school projects. All profits go to Shree Baseri Secondary School to help complete the building of their new classrooms The [….]Read More
2014 LEPS/Saraswati School calendar
I have worked with Lindfied East Public School to coordinate the publication of a 2014 LEPS/Saraswati School calendar to assist in highlighting the school’s international links with Nepal and to raise additional aid funds. for the school projects. All profits go to Shree Baseri Secondary School to help complete the building of their new classrooms The calendar will feature beautiful [….]Read More
March 2013 visit to Shree Basari and Saraswasi schools Nepal
Three weeks ago I returned from a 6 week trip to Nepal, during that time I visited both Shree Basari Secondary School, and Saraswasi Primary School both situated in an extremely remote area 20 hours drive north/west of Kathmandu. On this trip I decided rather than take the 20 hour journey by land cruiser I would walk which would allow [….]Read More
Shree Basari School Nepal
In April 2012 I returned to Maguwa village how our project was taking place at Shree Basari Secondary School. I was very pleased to see that they had started the building and completion should take place by the end of the year. Thanks to Lindfield East Public School and Oxford Fall Grammar in Sydney for their donation of funds. During my visit to Nepal I [….]Read More
Pamper and Indulge yourself
When you are in Sydney and would like to help these children as well as indulging your self then read on: by pampering and indulging yourself you will be helping with these children’s education Sammie Fancourt is donating her time and experience by giving you a wonderful 1 hour aromatherapy massage. All proceeds of the massage will go to the [….]Read More
In April 2011 this year I returned to Saraswasi school situated in Majuwa village. When I arrived I was pleased with the progress they have made with plastering the inside and outside of the school. All that is now required is the painting of the building and I am planning to visit in October this year with 4 clients who have volunteered to visit the school [….]Read More
Journal of our Journey to the School
We departed Kathmandu at around 6.30am by local bus. Depending on the road conditions will decide how far the bus will take us towards our destination of Maguwa village. Stopping several times for rest breaks, happy room breaks and lunch, we were soon a a bumpy dirt road which would leave our Australian outback rouds for dead. On the journey [….]Read More