HELP isn’t a an introduction agency, or is it?!

HELP isn’t an introduction agency, but sometimes unwittingly acts as one! On Saturday 6th April, Kerrie Anne Sullivan and Ashim Bhatta reconfirmed the vows they made at a Hindu ceremony in Nepal last year. This event, to which Yami and I were kindly invited, was held at a church in Keston, Kent. Kerrie was a HELP volunteer in the village of Changu Narayan, Nepal, where she first met Ashim. Ashim’s mother, Sarita, who runs a guest house in the village, also attended the event.…

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Time to volunteer in Ladakh!

Summer is coming – the ideal time to volunteer in Ladakh! While the monsoon drenches the rest of India (and Nepal), Ladakh remains warm and dry.

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“Unforgettable experience, glad I chose to do it.”

We currently have volunteers at a village school in south Sikkim and an ashram school in Uttarakhand (Sikkim and Uttarakhand are Indian states). We are looking for volunteers to teach English in similar schools in Nepal!.

This is what Jeremy LeafIoor in Sikkim has reported in a recent email: “It has been wonderful so far. The kids are definitely a challenge some days. I really struggled week two, things have since gotten better. I’m hoping the kids are learning as much as I am.

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Come and join us as a volunteer teacher!

We are still looking for volunteers to teach in the village schools we support. If you are 19 years or older (there’s no upper age limit so long as you are healthy!), do consider making a difference to a poor Himalayan village community by donating some of your time this year, and , at the same time, have the time of your life!

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Newsletter 2018 (No. 16)

So here we are, in our 16th year, still doing our best to make a difference to the lives of young people in poor Himalayan communities in India and Nepal. We can be proud of what we have achieved with your help over these years, with new school buildings and classrooms constructed with your donations, young students being helped through their education with your sponsorship money, and standards of English in village schools being raised through the efforts of our volunteer teachers, and our teacher trainer, Barbara Porter.…

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Seniors welcome!

So long as you are healthy and active, you are never too old to be a HELP volunteer. Our minimum age requirement is 19, but we are just as happy to recruit seniors as young adults. Why not make the most of your retirement by volunteering with us! Here are some ex-volunteers who were not ready to throw in the towel and put their feet up!…

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Towns are thriving at the expense of villages in Nepal

By Marco Saaltink

In only four years time, I’ve noted a remarkable change in Nepal, most interestingly in education. At the end of 2014, a public school where I was volunteering—in the village of Changu Narayan, nearby the city of Bhaktapur—was planning to expand from grade 7 to grade 8. But now, only four years later, the highest level is grade 5. The student numbers have halved, at least. According to a local friend, this is due to more and more parents being able to afford to send their children by school bus to private schools.…

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HELP inspection visit: Ladakh, September 2018

I had the welcome opportunity to undertake an inspection visit to Ladakh in the first couple of weeks of September. It was great to renew my friendships and re-visit the schools we have been supporting for the last twelve years. Ladakh is a beautiful place, with very friendly people, in spite of the rapid growth in tourism since our programme began. The tourism it is receiving at present is relatively benign giving Ladakhis a way to improve their standard of living.…

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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