Supporting schools and children during the pandemic.

Although our volunteer programme has been suspended since March 2020, our sponsorship and projects  programmes have continued. This year, our friends sent us £3578 to support Covid-related needs, and this money has been distributed as follows:

£600 to the Serve and Share Association in Uttarakhand, India to supply oximiters and and thermometers to seven villages, and to vaccinate villagers without access to government supplied vaccines.

£500 to enable four children in Damak, eastern Nepal, to attend school

£1000 to our Belgian partners to buy  schools in western Nepal  with masks, visors, thermometers, disinfectants and sanitary pads for girls

£500 to a UK charity, Our Sansar, for science equipment for a girl’s school near Birgunj, due south of Kathmandu in the terai (the flat southern part of Nepal which is part of the Gangetic plain)

£400 to buy tents for villagers in the Helambu region of Nepal who lost their houses to floods in June.…

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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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I think HELP is the volunteer organization that I looked for for a long time. It is the most easily accessible and responsive organization I found on the web. I really like the self donation to the school and how independent it requires its volunteers to be, unlike many other organizations.
Michael WintersteinSt. Paul Primary School