Month: September 2016

A Little Goes Such a Long Way in Nepal: a Schoolbag for all.

Before leaving Saudi, on this last visit to Nepal I decided, pretty much at the last minute to put out a call to the members of our community to see if anyone wanted to donate to help me buy each child some school supplies.  Of course, as I have now come to expect the response was both touching and overwhelming with far, far more money raised than I expected.  It looked as if we would have enough to buy a back pack for each child as well, and perhaps even have some money left over.  People dropped by my house and left donations.  I asked for 30 SAR per child which is about $8 US which I figured would be plenty for books and coloured pencils.  I decided to buy the materials in Nepal as, apart from not wanting to carry a large quantity of heavy things all the way from Saudi to Pokhara I preferred to put the funds into the Nepali economy which needs it so desperately. In Pokhara we talked with the …

Nepal School Project: From Intention to Manifestation

We arrived home to Saudi Arabia last night after another quick yet utterly gratifying trip to Nepal. Initially I had felt the need to return to check on progress at the school and to plan further visits (see earlier posts tagged under Philanthropy Nepal if you haven’t been following the story so far).   My last trip in March showed that they had completed 4 new classrooms.  Lack of email contact and no clear information about the use of the money we had donated in March meant that going back seemed the only way to find out where they were up to. I actually didn’t actually have too many expectations on the building works given everything is so hard to do in the monsoon – especially build! Here is a bit of a photographic recap of our first visit in September 2014, 6 months after the earthquake.  All of the classrooms had been damaged by the earthquake except the library building which was built by foreign AID in a project called ‘Room to Read’ and …