On November 23rd 2018, Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN) celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a registered charity providing improved education, health and sanitation facilities to rural mountain communities in Nepal. Over 250 guests including teachers, donors and supporters, travelled to Pokhara to celebrate the achievements of the trust, and to look forward to the next 25 years and beyond.
The celebrations were a great opportunity to hear about the impact of PTN from our beneficiaries in Nepal but also to hear how the country and people have had a long lasting and positive impact on our many supporters. If you would like to see more images from the event please click here.
PTN has now delivered over 237 construction projects which include:152 new schools built or renovated, 656 safe, secure and comfortable classrooms, 47 libraries along with 29 other projects such as hostels and toilets.
We received many messages of support during the celebrations and here are two that sum up the feelings from our varied supporters and beneficiaries.
HowardQuayle - (Chief Minister: Isle of Man)
“The Isle of Man is proud of its long-standing partnership with the Pahar Trust Nepal and the amazing progress that has been achieved over the last 25 years. The people of the Island have really embraced the charity’s work and a special bond has grown between our two countries.
It has been uplifting to see howInternational Development funding provided by the Isle of Man Government has been invested by the Pahar Trust Nepal to improve the lives of so many people.
The total of 33 Isle of Man funded schools’ projects is testament to the hard work of the charity’s volunteers, the support and resilience of the Nepalese people and the desire of Manx students to help their counterparts around the world. As the Pahar Trust Nepal celebrates its 25th anniversary, I’d like to add my personal thanks, congratulations and best wishes for future.”
Umesh Raj Regmi - Nepal Youth Foundation, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
“This is really a prideful moment the Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN) has completed its twenty-five years of successful pace in creating a safe and secure educational opportunity in Nepal, particularly in East and West Nepal.
I am more than happy to share thatPTN's work in the remote Nepal has changed lives and given so many children an opportunity to acquire quality education in a pleasant and conducive environment. Its work in a culturally sensitive way, responding to the needs of the local population is highly appreciable.
I am lucky to be a part of thePTN's journey. I have been together with the charity in exploring ideas for the betterment of Nepal's education system, streamlining the support and inclusiveness in school's education.
I would like to congratulate the entire PTN family and all whose contribution and dedication has leaded the organisation to this height. I believe the PTN will remain rather more striking in the development of Nepal's education in future.”
Mr Omprasad Gurung - Ex QG Signals / Ex Student /Teacher Himalaya MA. VI Mauja
“PTN built a new 6 rooms school building in Mauja in 2017/18. The new school building is a historic achievement for the people of Mauja as it was the first ever building of such built in Mauja since the high school was established 40 years.
After the school was built; the students are happy that they have moved into the new facility to improve their academic skills, the teachers have already started to see signs of improvement in the performance from their students. The parents are very happy to see improved in the results from their sons and daughters. No doubt that, the excellent work of PTN has helped to lift the education standard of the students of this poor village and its surrounding.”
Looking to the future of the Trust, in November we held our very first joint board meeting between the UK and Nepal NGO trustees.This was a momentous occasion to share our collective vision for the future and a key focus agreed was to continue to develop our holistic, community led approach alongside the construction of new schools. We will work with communities to identify their wider needs such as: access to health care, vocational training, additional income opportunities for teachers as well as continuing to strive to raise the quality of education provided in all PTN schools.
With over 100 projects currently awaiting our support, with a combined value of more than £6,000,000 there is still a great deal of work to do for the Trust and this list will only continue to increase. However, after a successful and sometimes very challenging 25 years we are confident that PTN will continue to deliver vital services to the rural communities of Nepal.