About 15 years ago I travelled to Nepal to volunteer as a school teacher in a remote village in the Annapurna ranges. The village was called Nangi and was a 9 hour hike uphill from the nearest road, but remarkably they had a primary and high school, electricity, a telephone, computers and even internet at times! This was largely due to a remarkable man, Mahabir Pun. His vision was to provide quality education to the children in Nangi, as well as opportunities for work in the village. Since that time he has extended that vision to many other villages in the regions and further a field.
As soon as I heard about the earthquake in Nepal I checked to see if Nangi had been affected. Luckily it hadn't but apparently 9 out of 10 schools have been shut down in earthquake affected areas. That's about 1 million children who don't have a school to go to. My time in Nepal affected me deeply, and one thing I learned was that Nepali children love to go to school. Many of my students would walk 2 hours each way to get to school, 6 days a week! Hardly anyone ever missed school, and the little children who were too young to go to school would stand by the door ways and windows and watch us. They were the loveliest children, eager to learn and very well behaved. It was a pleasure to teach them and we had lots of fun. So when I heard that 1 million children are currently unable to go to school in Nepal, I knew I had to help in some way. From my experience in Nangi village, I know that every dollar donated to Mahabir Pun's foundation will go a long way, not just now, but in the future. You can read a message from Mahabir here about what they are doing to help in the wake of the earthquake.
All proceeds from online pdf patterns sold this week will be donated to Himanchal Education Foundation for the rebuilding of schools in Nepal. Alternatively you can donate directly here.
|Afterwards I trekked through the Annapurna ranges up to Jomsom and Muktinath|