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Andrea & Mario Marini

Andrea & Mario Marini is crowdfunding

£9,236raised of £15,000 target by 67 supporters

Weʼre raising £15,000 to build and set up bthe first library & resource centre to support 60+ schools in the Rasuwa region in Nepal

Mortimer Common, Reading, UK

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Update Aug 2019 - Thanks to substantial funding from Basaid we had lowered our original target from £18K to £12K in June however due to increased costs following a particularly severe monsoon this year we now need £15K. The money raised will be used to complete construction, furnish and fill the library, train and pay a full-time librarian for 12 months and start the cross-school lending scheme.

On April 25th 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal claiming over 8000 lives and immense damage to what is still one of the world’s poorest countries. One of the worst hit areas was the rural Rasuwa district (south of Langtang National Park and north of Kathmandu), a region with over 17K children aged 5-15. Apart from natural disasters and remoteness, illiteracy and limited access to information affect the lives of rural Rasuwa communities and keep them in abject poverty. Many children are sent away to distant towns for their education, where they are extremely vulnerable and are at risk of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Following a period of volunteering in 2017 we decided that we wanted to do something to improve teaching facilities in these villages and created Books4Nepal to build the very first library and school resource center. We are working with Hari Krishna Devkota, our friend and president ofHigh Himalayan Community Projects Nepal. Please visit

Once we have a working library, support from the Nepalese government will be requested for a full-time librarian. This model, once proved successful could be used by other communities in other regions of Nepal.

Please sponsor us to help HHCP Nepal provide these children with books and resources they desperately need.

Every £1 really can make a difference!

Thank you from the heart.
Andrea, Hari & Mario xx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini22 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    22 days ago

    The library building construction is almost complete! Unfortunately costs have been slightly higher than budgeted due to increased material and transportation costs caused by a particularly devastating monsoon this year. Next steps are: - Plastering and fixing windows/doors $500 - Paintwork $1000 - Electrical wiring: electrician and electrical materials $700 - Materials and labour for shelving and librarian counter $3000 - Carpet $400 - Computers (2) $600 - Projector $500 Thank you again to everyone that has made this possible!! xx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini3 months ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    3 months ago

    We held our first illustrated talk on Nepal (Reading to Nepal) at Burghfield library this evening and raised £25. A big thank you to Karen for organising this event and to everyone who came along.

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini3 months ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    3 months ago

    The library construction is going well despite the onset of the monsoon season. Lucidea have donated a library management software licence and we have a librarian volunteer going out in August to start setting up the library so hopefully we are still on track for an October opening!

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  • ADS team at Guide Dogs

    ADS team at Guide Dogs

    Sep 19, 2019

    Donation from colleagues at Guide Dogs


  • Anonymous


    Jul 14, 2019

    With best wishes of great impact!Mara

  • Event at Burghfield library

    Event at Burghfield library

    Jul 4, 2019

    Reading to Nepal illustrated talk at Burghfield library on Thursday 4th July


  • Anonymous


    Jun 27, 2019

    Hi Andrea and Mario - I hope this small donation will help you with your good work over in Nepal.

  • Quiz Night - The Calleva Arms

    Quiz Night - The Calleva Arms

    Jun 4, 2019

    Quiz Night and raffle at the Calleva Arms in Silchester. A huge thank you to all those that made this evening such a success!


  • Allan


    Apr 25, 2019


  • CCCU & Kent Uni Acoustic Night

    CCCU & Kent Uni Acoustic Night

    Apr 9, 2019

    From CCCU & Kent Uni Acoustic Night


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Andrea & Mario Marini

Andrea & Mario Marini

Mortimer Common, Reading, UK

Volunteering for 3 months in Nepal in 2014 was a life changing experience. After 25 years working as an engineer in Italy Andrea now works as data insights manager for Guide Dogs for the blind and Mario, retrained from accounting to become a nursery school assistant.

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