||[Aug. 18th, 2007|12:29 pm]
The Commoners' Charity Landpost
I'm new to this community and I hope you will all forgive my first post being a blatant begging letter. I am a 28 year old police officer from the UK, in October this year I will be fulfilling one of my lifetime ambitions and visiting Nepal. Since researching for my trip over the past 2 years I've developed a contact with an ex-pupil of a school in a small village in the Gorkha district called Deurali. As a concequence I will be spending 2 weeks of my trip teaching English to the children at this school. I'd like to tell you a little more about it.... Gorkha is in a very remote area in the central northern area of Nepal up in the mountains, it is accessable from Kathmandu by a 9 hour bus journey and 3 hour hike.
I will be working in a small school called Shree Shaila Putri Secondary School helping to teach the children at the school some English and also a little about life in the UK and the world outside of Nepal.
~~~MORNING ASSEMBLY AT SHREE SHAILA PUTRI SCHOOL~~~
Nepal is rated the 48th poorest country in the world and the poorest within Asia. It's annual economic growth rate is less than 2 percent and the rich/poor divide is such that 10% of the population takes 50% of the wealth. Half the population of Nepal live below the poverty line, and about one third of the population lives without clean water. These are people who do not have access to basic needs such as food, health and education. Half the children are malnourished and under weight. Half the people are jobless in Nepal. Average income of Nepal is less than £100 a year. Only about 15% of the Nepalese have access to health services. Most of the poor people live in rural areas yet still a huge percentage of poor people struggle in cities trying to make ends meet. About 80% of Nepalese are farmers.
The Nepalese Civil War was a conflict between government forces and Maoist rebels in Nepal which lasted from 1996 until 2006. The country still suffers some attacks by Maoist rebels today although it's now officially safe to travel there. The war has left many of the villages empty except for the old and sick as the young people left to fight or were killed. Kids spend most of their daily life doing house-hold works with no chances of many of the things we take for granted like an education and a career.
~~~STAFF AT SHREE SHAILA SCHOOL~~~
I hope that in my small way I can make a difference to their lives which is why I am asking for your help. I am trying to raise funds for the school and the village for simple things that will make a big difference to the lives of the people who live there, including books and stationary as well as funds towards improving the water supply, school buildings or further education for the children. It costs approximately £125 per to send a student to university in Kathmandu, I would love to be able to help the dreams of some of these kids become reality. Below are letters from two of the students at the school (with the help of the teachers) explaining about their life in Nepal and the problems they face day to day, I found them quite a sobering read.
As opposed to donating to "official" companies where much of the money raised will go towards staff wages or other non-related expenses I am planning on taking any money I raise directly to the source, the people. If you would like to help you can either contact me via email on one_gothic_angel @ yahoo . com (split for anti-spam purposes) or send funds directly via paypal at the same address. If you would like any more information or feel you can help in any other way please feel free to contact me. I would very much appreciate it if you could forward this appeal on to anyone else you feel may be interested or able to help. I look forward to returning with stories and photos to show you all.
~~~LETTER FROM SHREE SHAILA SCHOOL HEAD MISTRESS~~~
~~~LETTER FROM USHA DHAKAL, STUDENT~~~
~~~LETTER FROM GIHAN PRASAD, STUDENT~~~