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Andrea & Mario Marini

Andrea & Mario Marini is crowdfunding

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£11,531
raised of £15,000 target by 93 supporters

Weʼre raising £15,000 to build and set up the very first library & resource centre to support 60+ schools in the mountainous 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 have increased to £15K to allow us to complete the project. The money raised will be used to complete construction, furnish and buy books for the library, train a full-time librarian for 12 months and start the cross-school lending scheme early next year.

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 of High Himalayan Community Projects Nepal. Please visit http://www.hhcpn.org/about-us/
A community library group has been set up in the village to oversee the project.

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 the books and resources they desperately need.

Every £1 really can make a difference!

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

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini3 months ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    3 months ago

    We are happy to announce our library opened on February 22nd!!! We have hired a trainee librarian, have over 200 members and have about 3000 books on the shelves. We still need to buy more books, furnish the reading room and get the interschool lending going but have already achieved so much thanks to all our generous donors! Thank you 🙏♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini5 months ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    5 months ago

    A huge thank you to our volunteers Francoise and David, so exciting to finally see books on the shelves! Thank you to everyone that has donated to our project and helped this dream become a reality. You are all amazing ! Andrea and Mario xx

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini5 months ago
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    5 months ago

    Shelving now in place and lovely volunteers Francoise and David have started categorising the books. Planned opening 22nd February!! 🎉🎉🎉

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Page last updated on: 3/16/2020 08.31

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  • Janet Hester

    Janet Hester

    Mar 16, 2020

    £50.00

  • Aikaterini Theodorou

    Aikaterini Theodorou

    Mar 12, 2020

    Very inspiring, i hope this small donation will help your cause.

    £30.00

  • Catherine Hope

    Catherine Hope

    Mar 5, 2020

    Carry on your great work

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 5, 2020

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    Anonymous

    Mar 5, 2020

    Well done and keep up the wonderful work you have started

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 5, 2020

    Wishing you all success with this wonderful project.

    £10.00

  • Rosie Ward

    Rosie Ward

    Mar 5, 2020

    I love what this charity is doing, wishing you every success x

    £5.00

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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 at Guide Dogs for the Blind and Mario, retrained from accounting to become a nursery school assistant.

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