Nepal

Guy lived in Pokhara, in the Kaski region of Nepal for several months during the winter of 2010/11. He loved the country and its people, especially the children, and had planned to return there.

Over a million children in Nepal do not go to school. Although Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs) are part of the Nepali government's national education plan, facilities are usually extremely poor and have little impact amongst the most marginalised sections of society.

This is why Guy's Trust, in partnership with international NGO ActionAid, has funded the construction of three Guy Joseph ECDCs in the impoverished Kaski district, together with a wider programme of work that will help hundreds of children get the start in life they deserve. As well as providing a pre-school education and regular health checks, the projects also engaged the communities in new income generating skills such as brick making and construction. Also mothers are now able to spend a few hours each day working and contributing to the family income, knowing that their children are safe.

We continue to provide the small amount of funding necessary to sustain the three ECDCs. In addition we are providing emergency food supplies and children's stationery during Nepal's lockdown.

The Schools

Dhikupokhari

In early 2012 Guy's Trust agreed to build its first ECDC in the village of Dhikurpokhari. The community's main occupation is farming although this rarely provides enough food all year round. The ECDC took its first class of children in June 2014.

The site and the old lady who gave the land for the first ECDC at Dhikupokari, November 2012
The Guy's Trust team get to work, April 2013
Celebrating the completion of digging the foundations, April 2013
The local people complete the work, August 2013
Almost finished, January 2014
At last the centre is open, June 2014
At last the centre is open, June 2014
Visiting Dhikupokhari November 2017
A demonstration of the community's appreciation and respect
With the teacher inside the ECDC

Dhansing

The second Guy Joseph ECDC was built in the grounds of Shree Bhagawati Secondary School in the remote village of Dhansing inside the Annapurna Sanctuary. The main occupation of people in this community is subsistence farming and some tourism. The school took its first class of children in November 2014.

Measuring the site
Guy's Trust team visits the site, April 2013
Sign on the trekking route
The ECDC
The inauguration, May 2014
New pupils outside the new centre
Inside one of the classrooms, November 2014
Inside one of the classrooms, November 2014
Playtime, November 2017
Teacher and pupils, November 2017

Bhalam

The third Guy Joseph ECDC is in the grounds of Mahendra Higher Secondary School in the village of Bhalam and opened in June 2015.

Arriving at Mahendra school, November 2014
An extraordinary welcome
Guy's Trust with teachers, CWES women and ActionAid, November 2014
Inaugural ceremony, June 2015
Enjoying the new play equipment
Guy's Trust with teachers, children and CWES, November 2017
Time to play
Pupils
Lesson time
Pupils

ActionAid's planned withdrawal from Kaski is complete and Guy's Trust is now working directly with the Child and Women's Empowerment Society (CWES), a respected local Nepali NGO. They are monitoring the projects regularly on our behalf and keeping us informed of progress and continuing needs.

Responding to the 2015 earthquakes

Although none of our schools were damaged in the earthquakes, we helped to restore education facilities with donations to the British School of Kathmandu for their outreach work and to Shree Gadgade School in Nagarkot for the reconstruction of their classroom floors. And through the charity ChoraChori we have funded the reconstruction of Chapakharka School near Kathmandu.

The Libraries

Armala

Guy's Trust has funded the renovation and stocking of the library at the Shree Shanti High School in the village of Armala.

Great excitement at Armala
A beautiful welcome
The sign!
Honoured guests
That hall could do with renovating!

Dabhung

In 2017 we completed the construction and equipping of a new library block in partnership with Cairn Trust at Shree Dabhung Thanti School in the impoverished Syangja district.

The remote Shree Dabhung Thanti School
Pupils in the old library
A wonderful traditional Nepali welcome
Waiting patiently for the inauguration ceremony to begin
Presenting a certificate of appreciation
Memorial plaque to Guy
Great excitement using the library for the first time
New educational toys
New educational toys
Saying goodbye

Sitaram

In early 2019 we agreed to fund a library in partnership with Cairn Trust at Sitaram Secondary School in Kaski district. The library was opened in February 2021.

Sitaram village area
Sitaram School
Students in the yard
Staff outside the new library
Librarian cataloguing books

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