Weʼve raised £190 to Help improve the facilities at HVP Nepal, a charity school in Kathmandu, by rebuilding what they lost in the 2015 earthquake.
- Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
- Funded on Friday, 8th September 2017
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This summer I spent 5 weeks volunteering at HVP Nepal, a charity school on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The school is a wonderful institution that provides high quality education either for free or for very low, means-tested fees. Given that around 60% of children in Nepal attend privately run schools, and that the highest fees of this school are barely half of a standard private school, it is clear that it is performing a valuable service to the community and improving the lives of those who are less fortunate. The school achieves things that schools in the U.K. don't manage; all students learn Sanskrit (consider how Classics is mainly taught in a very small group of schools here), and their mathematical abilities are often two to three years in advance of our own. This is reinforced by having a strong contingent of volunteers from Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham every year to assist with teaching and in any other way possible. This system has existed for thirty years, and gives the school a unique environment, with Western assistance but still consciously Nepali and in touch with its culture and roots (through Sanskrit for example). However, despite these overwhelming positives, the school suffers from a lack of funding, poor and almost dangerous infrastructure, bad facilities, and a lack of space. No matter how positive the impulse of the school is, it is constrained and threatened by these problems. The earthquake in 2015 flattened one of the school's two buildings, leaving them with half the space. There is an ongoing struggle to rebuild it, but money is a big problem. In a competitive market the school risks being outpaced by private schools who do not have the same altruistic ethos, and this is largely down to its poor facilities and financial instability. In light of this, the volunteers are requested to donate to the school to bolster its finances and make small improvements where possible. I personally would love to see this new building completed, and a library established. They have dusty untouched books scattered all over the place, but no space for a library, which would transform the school by providing a centre for learning and literacy. STEM subjects fare well in Nepal, but arts and humanities struggle in a financially strained environment. A library would help these forms of learning flourish. I feel passionately that this school is an incredible place with honest well-meaning people in charge trying to help benefit a community in what is a fairly poor and struggling country. Any donations from my friends here in the U.K. would be going towards what I genuinely believe to be a no-nonsense beneficial cause; nothing will be lost in bureaucracy and middle-management. The money will make a tangible difference to the lives of children who are all highly intelligent and talented, and to a school which is nurturing and encouraging, but threatened by a lack of money.
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Sep 6, 2017
Sep 6, 2017
earme men syndan sāre beswicene and hrēowlīce besyrwde
Aug 16, 2017
If only they'd start teaching Anglo-saxon, Norse and Celtic as well as Sanskrit. That would be a thoroughly rounded education.
Aug 13, 2017
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Great work Solly.
Aug 9, 2017
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