Monday, November 30, 2009

Great News for the Chimkhola School Project

Nearly two years ago I made the trek up to the Chimkhola Village and was saddened to see the lack of facilities at the school. They had a sufficient building but little else. No library, science lab or equipment, no teaching aids, toilets were in very bad condition with no water etc.
I presented this to the Duncan Daybreak Rotary Club and the Duncan noon time Rotary Club and I am very happy to report that they have raised the following funds:

Rotary Club Duncan Daybreak - $ 4,300 US
inlud. a contribution from the mid island group of 17 clubs - $ 1000 US
Rotary Club Duncan noontime - $ 9000 US
Rotary District 5020 1:1 matching grant - $13,300 US
Rotary Pokhara - $100 US

Total - $26,700 US

In March 8 to 10 Rotarians from the local clubs are making the trip to Nepal and up to the village to see the project first hand. NEF is the cooperating organizing with the Rotary Clubs here and in Nepal. We wish to thank them for the hard the work they have put into raising these funds. I am excited that they will see the school and the village and meet the Pokhara Rotary Club who will be responsible for implementing the improvements. I know it will be a memorable trip for them. I will report here later on the project and the trip to the village.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Re: Payment Renewals

I am sorry but I forgot to put my address etc. for payments.

Please make out cheque to Nepal Education Fund and send to me at:

Susan Marshall
6718 Beaumont Ave.
Duncan, BC
V9L 5X8

For overseas sponsors you can send an international money order and from the US a cheque works. For those in England I do have a bank account in the UK that money can be deposited in and if you wish that info please contact me.

Back Home

We arrived home a few days ago after a very long journey from Delhi. It has taken quite a few days to be able to do anything as I was also sick. Anyway I am now feeling better.

I had a successful sale of Nepali crafts on Saturday and it was nice to see so many sponsors who dropped by to see me. I am at the Chemainus Fire Hall this Saturday.

I have been hearing from Mann in Nepal almost daily since returning home. He has just successfully renewed the charity with the Social Welfare Council which has to be done every year. It is a lot of work. He has also been to Pokhara and set up the science lab at the school and as you can see by the photos it is looking good and has made a lot of students happy.

I am in the process of sending a lot of letters out. I saw about 60 of the children and all of the women. Our new literacy class is at 30 which is more than I wanted but it is hard to turn the women away. There are many more waiting to start.

We found that India looked much more prosperous than Nepal. It was much cleaner and there were not as many beggars on the streets. Even down in Old Delhi we just did not see the same kind of poverty. I know it is there but it is so much more obvious in Nepal.

A reminder that fees are due now and the deadline is January 15th. $80 for Government school and $300 for private. Women are $60 for six months. Please remember to address the envelope to me and not NEF as we had cheques stolen from the mail last year. The cheque though is made out to NEF.