Amazon’s annual Prime Day event : 21 – 22 June

Amazon’s annual Prime Day event will be held on 21 – 22 June and this year, AmazonSmile is increasing the donation rate for Prime members.

All Prime members who activate AmazonSmile in their Amazon mobile app between now and the end of Prime Day will generate a 10x donation (that’s 5%!. We need every penny we can get to help poor Himalayan communities to get through the pandemic safely!

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Coronavirus crisis in Nepal and India

Dear friends,

Last year you were very generous in sending us donations to help our schools cope with the impact of the pandemic on their finances and teaching programmes. You sent us £3,328 in total, which is more than we expected so we were able to help more schools than the one we had in mind.  I reported on this in our last newsletter.

Last year, the pandemic was particularly bad in Europe and America, but just recently India and Nepal have been overwhelmed by the latest wave.…

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NEWSLETTER No. 18: December 2019 – November 2020

We all need children’s laughter to cheer us up at this difficult time!
Children's smiles

As you might have guessed, this has definitely not been a vintage year for our programme! Travel to and from Nepal and India has been restricted, so we haven’t been able to visit our projects, or run our volunteer programme. On the bright side, our sponsorship programme has continued, and, with your generous support, we have been helping our adopted schools survive during the lockdown.

What have we achieved this year with your help?


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Photos from SASA, Uttarakhand

The schools we support are still closed and so our volunteer programme is on hold. We have been unable to visit Nepal and India, so it is nice to see some photos of the mountains and some happy faces. These pictures have been taken by the Serve and Share Association (SASA) in Uttarakhand, an Indian NGO we support with grants, sponsorships and volunteer teachers: www.facebook.com/shailender.david/posts/10207546497416191

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Nepal due to re-emerge from lockdown in time for the trekking season.

Nepal will be reopening its borders for international tourism on August 17th as the blanket ban ends and international flights resume.
 
The following businesses will resume operations
• Hotels and accommodation facilities
• Tourism related activities
• Restaurants
• Trekking and climbing permits
 
Flights will initially only be accepted from selected countries, but the government has not elaborated on which countries would be first, Supposedly, visitors arriving from abroad will be expected to self-quarantine on arrival, but whether that will apply to trekkers remains to be seen.


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A new playground for the Vidya Sagar Gyanpeeth school

Thanks to our supporters for raising the funds needed to construct a playground for a small village school in Sikkim! Land below the school had to be bought from the local farmer, and then built up to raise it to the level of the school building.

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NEWSLETTER No. 17: December 2018 – November 2019

2019 has been a much better year for volunteer recruitment. It has also been good for fund-raising, thanks to the generosity of our friends who responded generously to our playground appeal. Find out what we’ve been up to this year!

INSPECTION VISITS

My indefatigable and estimable colleague, Barbara Porter, who runs our volunteer programme, and doubles up as our teacher trainer, has just returned to the UK from an arduous five week visit to the Himalayas, including Ladakh, Nepal and Uttarakhand.…

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I think it’s a great organization. I’m really impressed with how small and focused on each project HELP is.
Jill PeckVidya Sagar Gyanpeeth School