Namaste, Hello Everyone!
We just want to thank you all for your very generous continuing support to the children at Nava Indradhanush School in Nepal.
News from the School
Children receive First aid and Sanitation lessons from our volunteer
Sarah Knell from Westbourne flew out to the School in May 2014 and volunteered at the school for 3 weeks. She was very helpful and was put to good use with teaching sanitation, first aid and healthy living to the children, who respected her knowledge and skills as a paramedic in the UK. She has included some really nice pictures for us to share with you. It was particularly good to see the photo of Rabin looking so well!
School soon to be homeless
Unfortunately, the landlords of the current school building have given the school notice and are selling up. The school have been told that they must move out of the current premises within a month. Once again, Rabin is in dire straits and is trying to locate some land to buy or lease so that the school can be moved and some temporary structures can be erected as classrooms.
Since Nicky’s first visit to the school in 2004, Kathmandu property and land prices have rocketed due to the number of young Nepali people working overseas and buying property for their families back home. Coupled with high inflation, this has meant that we have been effectively ‘priced out’ of buying land and building the school that we had hoped for. We’re unsure what direction to take, and it’s looking like another temporary solution is going to have to be the answer for now.
The children living in the orphanage will be re-homed along with Rabin, Sunita and Summit, who will probably have to lease rooms in a local house. It’s very difficult to see them continue to struggle, and we still aim to help them in any way that we can. If anybody has any ideas, or links with organisations or funders who may be able to help then please let us know asap.
Despite these worries, the school has continued to achieve outstanding results for students, we have enclosed a school report from Rabin Jirel for you and hope you enjoy reading it.
Nicky gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Oryn on 25 June 2013 and of course life has changed dramatically for her and partner Guy since, and Liz is now a very proud granny!. Nicky is working for a charity in Devon who rehabilitates young offenders when they leave prison and what with a very busy 1 year old as well, she does not have a great deal of time.
Gift Aid and our New Online Fundraising Account
Registering with HMRC has also meant that we can now receive Gift Aid on donations from UK tax payers… very exciting stuff!
We have opened an online account with Virgin Money Giving (see www.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/navatrust ) which will enable us to receive online donations (and Gift Aid on those donations). The website works in a very similar way to the better known ‘Just Giving’ website – which you may be familiar with if you have previously sponsored a friend or family member for a marathon or other fundraising event. Please bear us in mind if you or any friends or family decide to run a marathon, or take part in any other fundraising events. We are a very small charity and rely on our network of supporters to spread the word for us.
It is possible to make regular monthly donations through our Virgin Money Giving account, and if you are a UK tax payer we will be able to claim Gift Aid on top of any donations made; raising their value by 20% – (for instance if you currently donate £10 a month, by switching to donating through Virgin Money Giving your donation will be worth £12 a month).
A small number of sponsors are still paying money into the old account which is in Nicky’s name…we have still been sending this money over to Nepal each month, but it would save us a lot of complicated paperwork if those people could please set up their monthly donation through the Virgin Money Giving site instead (see above) and cancel their existing direct debits to Nicky’s old charity account. It only takes a few minutes to set up online and if you are a UK taxpayer we will be able to also claim back Gift Aid on your donation.
Thank you so much for your continued support, and please continue to spread the word and bear us in mind for any fundraising activities.
With our very best wishes,
Liz and Nicky