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Andrea & Mario Marini

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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 Marini1 month ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    1 month 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 Marini1 month ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    1 month ago

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

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  • Andrea & Mario Marini2 months ago
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    Andrea & Mario Marini

    2 months ago

    Thank you again to Sattya Media Arts Collective for the beautiful mural and great video of our library!

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Page last updated on: 1/18/2020 14.39

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86

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 14, 2020

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 9, 2020

    You are amazing for what you are doing. God bless x

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 8, 2020

    You’re doing amazing work! Keep going ❤️

    £10.00

  • Joanna Barlow

    Joanna Barlow

    Jan 4, 2020

    Reading books is the best escape, cure, tuition, entertainment and delight one can have. Thrilled to be able to help to spread the word. Well done ! and keep those pages turning xx Joanna

    £1,000.00

  • Lily Lunnon

    Lily Lunnon

    Dec 24, 2019

    Good luck and well done on this very worthy cause! Hope the children get an opportunity to enjoy books as much as I do...

    £100.00

  • Francoise Berthet-Hall

    Francoise Berthet-Hall

    Dec 10, 2019

    Symondsbury Christmas Fair donations

    £50.00

  • Veronica Hope

    Veronica Hope

    Dec 8, 2019

    Keep up this amazing work! It's so worthwhile

    £20.00

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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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