Why Our Help is Needed
Although the school is run by a team of Nepali teachers, with support from foreign volunteers it is always short of money.
Nepal’s turbulent political history has not helped its development and many live in severe poverty. Life expectancy is under 60 and nearly a half of the population cannot read or write.
How We Got Involved
The Nava Indradhanush Trust was set up after one our trustees Nicky Puttick spent 5 months working at the school as a volunteer. We first starting raising money to support the school in 2005.
The Trust’s first major accomplishment was raising funds for Rabin Jirel (the head teacher) to have a large tumour removed from his neck. This was accomplished in 2006.
Since then we have continued to fund-raise Money but our most valuable support comes from individuals who sponsor the education of children at the school on a monthly basis.
Current and Long Term Aims
In May 2009 the School had to vacate their rented premises. It was feared that the school might have to close but fortunately, with the help of the trust and Stichting Veldwerk new school premises were found and a long term lease signed. This gave some security for the students and orphans and we committed to helping to meet the monthly running costs during this period. Sadly, at present the school are again being evicted from their premises. As Balaju has become a more sought after area in Kathmandu, many land and building owners have put their assets up for sale…this is the third eviction that the school has faced due to property development.
Our long term goal has always been to build a new ‘earthquake-proof’ and environmentally sustainable school, which will offer long term security to the school and orphanage, and break the cycle of rising rents and untrustworthy landlords.
We are now, after 8 years of fundraising, almost in a position to purchase a small ‘starter’ plot of land for the school. There is much excitement in the UK and at the school about this big step forward. We hope to complete the land purchase during September 2014. Watch this space!
Crucially The Nava Indrahanush Trust believes in the value and equality of human beings, whatever their background. Without the school, and the dedication of local workers, some of these children would be deprived of an education and many would lose their home and be forced to live on the streets.
We believe that by supporting the school we will help educate the children, thus breaking the cycle of poverty, and will also give many the security of a home.
We’re Registered Charity – Number 1124841.
Each year we have to make a report on our work and fund raising to the Charity Commission, these can be viewed on the Charity Commission’s website.