In 2021, Pahar Trust Nepal is celebrating 30 years since it funded and built its first school in the village of Pokharithok.
We are marking the occasion with a year-long campaign – ’30 For 30’ – that will help 30 schools improve their teaching provision for pre-primary school children aged one to five years old. Some of the schools we are supporting will require a complete refurbishment of the classroom, whilst others have the basics, but are lacking in critical resources, such as stationery and educational toys and books. The fundraising target is £50,000 which would make significant improvements in all 30 schools.
Since it was founded, PTN has delivered 248 projects, building and renovating 159 schools, 51 libraries and 38 other essential facilities such as health centres and toilets. Over 40,000 students have benefited from its work.
Executive Director Alan Sweetman said: “Supporting education at this early stage in a child’s life is critical. Brain development in early years is rapid and quality pre-primary education has wide reaching positive impacts on children’s attainment and development. Children who attend pre-primary education are more likely to stay in school and achieve minimum reading and mathematics competencies.
“It also supports community development and economic growth as it enables mothers and other caregivers the opportunity to work and increase earnings while the children are in school.
“Nepal, like the rest of the world, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Thankfully, we have been able to keep most of our projects on track due to the hard work of our in-country team. As with the rest of the world, Nepal has required lockdowns to control the spread of the virus and, although schools have begun to re-open in recent months many students have missed out on valuable education."
The ’30 For 30’ campaign has attracted a number of high profile ambassadors, including Bristol-born anatomist, author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts who is now Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Birmingham, and the best-selling author, photographer and producer Levison Wood, who has worked and travelled in over 100 countries, including Nepal.
While people are being encouraged to fundraise all year round, the campaign will be running three key activities, kicking off with 'Freestyle February' where supporters can complete 30 things throughout the month, from walks round the park to baking and selling 30 cakes. One supporter is running 30 half marathons in 30 weeks! Later in the year there will be a ‘Nepali Night In’ with specially created Nepalese recipes and a Tiffin Day, based on the simple tiffin lunches children take to school in Nepal.
For an idea of how donations could help:
£20 can provide a bag and educational materials for a student
£100 could repaint a classroom
£500 could provide critical resources such as stationery, books and educational toys
£1,200 could provide new flooring, furniture and a whiteboard
£3,000 could provide the complete refurbishment of an existing room
For further information please contact Karen White on firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07787 148393.