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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 Marini8 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    8 days ago

    Talking to the children about life in Nepal and the library project during assembly on Friday at St John's Infant School in Mortimer. Thank you to you all for donating books and money to the project! Thank you too to Debbie for organising everything.

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini11 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    11 days ago

    Fundraising at the Mortimer Fun Day today.

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini16 days ago
    Andrea & Mario Marini

    Andrea & Mario Marini

    16 days ago

    Thank you Libraries Without Borders for sharing our project in their #MondayMotivation

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Page last updated on: 7/18/2018 8:52 PM



  • Michael Shaw

    Michael Shaw

    Jul 18, 2018

    We hope this helps


  • Anonymous


    Jul 18, 2018

    Great cause. Happy to support it.


  • David Lindley

    David Lindley

    Jul 17, 2018

    Happy to support your efforts.


  • Anonymous


    Jul 17, 2018

  • Mortimer Fun Day 7th July

    Mortimer Fun Day 7th July

    Jul 8, 2018

    Money raised from raffle for family day ticket kindly donated by Wellington Country Park.


  • Tammy Behiry

    Tammy Behiry

    Jul 7, 2018

    As a meaningful farewell to Mortimer st Johns, I said I would match the children’s fund raising efforts, rather than spend it on cakes. I am so proud of their effort and send £30 as promised.Mrs B


  • Mortimer St John's Infant school

    Mortimer St John's Infant school

    Jul 6, 2018

    It was lovely to have Andrea come into our school today and explain to us about Nepal and this wonderful project. We are delighted to donate some money from the Eco Warriors sale of 2nd hand uniform.


About the fundraiser
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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