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Weʼre raising £18,000 to build the first library & resource centre to support 60+ schools in the Rasuwa region in Nepal

Mortimer Common, Reading, UK

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On April 25th 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Rasuwa region of Nepal claiming over 8000 lives and immense damage to what is still one of the world’s poorest countries. In the Rasuwa district the total population is currently around 57,000, of which more than 17,000 are children aged 5-15. There are 19 secondary schools and 43 primary schools, all of which collapsed or were badly hit by the 2015 earthquake. As of today only 5 have been rebuilt.

In February 2017 we spent a period of voluntary work in the “North Pole Boarding School” in Jibjibe village (1,610m), located in Rasuwa District, just south of Langtang National Park and 90km north of Kathmandu. The village was one of many hit by the earthquake and the school currently has 450 students from the surrounding villages under 16 years old.

We took as many children’s books as we could carry, the children were really thrilled as almost none of them have access to books apart from a few poorly printed school text books. A special thanks to all those who donated them through the “Buy Nothing Mortimer” Facebook page.

Upon return we decided to take another step towards providing a proper library for the school and collected, thanks again to the generosity of Mortimer residents, over 100 kg of children’s reading and educational text books that we sent to the school.

We now want to take the project a big step further and provide a central library for the area for all surrounding schools to use. We will work with Hari Krishna Devkota, our friend and president of HHCP Nepal (High Himalayan Community Projects Nepal). Please visit

Before the earthquake HCCP had provided computers, printers, photocopiers and some text books and educational material to a few of the schools in the more remote areas of the Rasuwa district but sadly all of them were destroyed or badly damaged by the earthquake.

In the whole Rasuwa district there is no library/resources centre that’s why we want to build one!

We will build a 2-3 room library building. The cost including furniture, books and materials is estimated at around $25,000 (approx. £18,000). The land has been donated.

NB (Should insufficient funds be raised, we will use the money to buy text books and essential materials for the school. eg. $500 (£360) will buy a computer/printer or a photocopy machine or some furniture, all of which is in great need throughout the region. )

Please sponsor us to help the HHCP Nepal provide these children with books and resources they desperately need. Every £1 really can make a difference!

£4 – will get 1kg of books to a remote village school

£360 – will provide a photocopy machine or a pc & printer to a school

£18,000 – will build and furnish a library for Rasuwa district

Thank you from the heart.

Andrea, Hari & Mario xx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini3 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    3 days ago

    A big thank you to the 1st Mortimer Brownies for raising £87.75 towards the project at the Fun Run last month! You are all our heroes xxx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini8 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    8 days ago
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    We are slowly getting there! Please help us reach more people so we can start building early next year.... xx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini14 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    14 days ago

    A huge thank you to so many for their continued support (physical and economical) and great encouragement. We raised an amazing £2,300 at our Cre(ART)ing a Library for Nepal art exhibition yesterday which means we are now at our 30% milestone!!!

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Page last updated on: 10/19/2018 5:59 PM



  • Debbie Bale

    Debbie Bale

    Oct 19, 2018

    Well done to all St john's runners & walkers ,children, parents & staff for taking part in the Mortimer Fun Run for this worthy cause. thanks to all who sponsored too!


  • Janet Haley and Jill Shippen Sandbach Library on behalf of Cheshiere East Libraries

    Janet Haley and Jill Shippen Sandbach Library on behalf of Cheshiere East Libraries

    Oct 18, 2018

    Hi Cheshire East Libraries held a quiz to raise money for the library you are planning to build in Nepal, please accept our donation to this worthwhile cause.


  • CreATIng a Library

    CreATIng a Library

    Oct 13, 2018

    Remaining sales from the Cre(ART)ing a Library for Nepal exhibition.


  • Lina Coelho

    Lina Coelho

    Oct 10, 2018


  • Bill Young

    Bill Young

    Oct 9, 2018

    For the lovely art work we secured at your auction, and to help with your worthy cause.


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    Oct 8, 2018


  • Hilary Withey

    Hilary Withey

    Oct 8, 2018

    For my lovely pictures bought at the art exhibition/auction.


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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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