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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 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 (just south of Langtang National Park and north of Kathmandu), a region with over 17,000 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 (or trafficked) away to distant towns for their education, where they are extremely vulnerable and are at risk of physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

There are 19 secondary schools and 43 primary schools, all of which collapsed or were badly hit by the earthquake.

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 then decided that we wanted to do something to improve teaching facilities in all these rural villages. This is why we decided to create Books4Nepal and set up a project to build the very first library/ resource centre in the whole region to supply Nepali and English reading and textbooks to all the rural schools. We will work with Hari Krishna Devkota, our friend and president of HHCP Nepal (High Himalayan Community Projects Nepal). Please visit http://www.hhcpn.org/about-us/

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 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.

Providing a central delivery point for books and setting up loans to remote schools will encourage local education rather than children being sent (or trafficked) away to distant towns for their education.

The project has been discussed with the village elders in Jibajibe and the local government run school (that have donated the land), they are keen for the project to succeed and it is likely that we will be able to encourage local volunteers to assist with the project.

The library will have a section for audio books for visually impaired persons. Future projects may be possible to equip the library with other tools for people with different learning abilities.

Once the library is up and running, the supply of books should not be a problem (either through local funding, international funding or ad hoc projects and donations). Many schools and libraries in the UK have offered good quality second hand books. If we are able to set up an easy way for tourists to take and deliver books (through Hari Krishna’s office in Kathmandu or directly to the village) we can also avoid transportation costs.

Once the library has been built and is a working library thanks to the support of the local school (for continual teacher presence to man the library), support from the Nepalese government will be requested for a fulltime librarian. This model, once proved successful could be used by other communities in other regions of Nepal.

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!

£5 – will get 1kg of books to a remote village school

£100 – will allow us to start a mini library in one of the remote village schools

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

Thank you from the heart.

Andrea, Hari & Mario xx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini18 days ago
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    18 days ago

    Demolition of the old building is complete, we will start construction work in the next few days!

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini2 months ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    2 months ago

    Delivered our first box of books to the Shree Nepali School in the remote village of Thuman close to the Tibetan border and helped set up a mini library. Thank you so much to everyone for your donation and support!

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    500kg of books are now safely in Jibajibe awaiting the library construction! We are now discussing with the project committee the details to start building later this month.

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  • CCCU & Kent Uni Acoustic Night

    CCCU & Kent Uni Acoustic Night

    Apr 9, 2019

    From CCCU & Kent Uni Acoustic Night

    £437.07

  • Rosalind Pan

    Rosalind Pan

    Apr 5, 2019

    Best of luck with it.

    £200.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 27, 2019

    Keep the good work up.MK.

    £10.00

  • Aqeel Kapasi

    Aqeel Kapasi

    Feb 16, 2019

    £25.00

  • Yüksel Pain

    Yüksel Pain

    Feb 12, 2019

    What a wonderful project.All the best.

  • Henrik Nielsen

    Henrik Nielsen

    Jan 24, 2019

    £100.00

  • Brian Jenkins

    Brian Jenkins

    Jan 5, 2019

    With thanks

    £250.00

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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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