Lewes Old Grammar School makes donation to help earthquake survivors in Nepal

Children at Shree Nawa Durga Lower Secondary School.
Children at Shree Nawa Durga Lower Secondary School.

Lewes Old Grammar School has donated nearly £4,000 to a charity which is rebuilding schools in Nepal.

Half of the money will go directly to village schools worst affected by the recent earthquake while the remainder will support disaster relief.

Head teacher Robert Blewitt decided to match fund the £1,800 raised at the summer fair held by the PTA in June.

Mr Blewitt said: “It’s the first time we’ve match-funded the proceeds, but we all agreed it was the right thing to do.

“Teachers and charity workers in Nepal are battling against unimaginable problems to continue delivering education to children in Nepal.

“Classes have only just started again, six weeks after the disaster struck.

“In many areas, they have lost everything – the buildings, the books, and, of course, tragically, some have lost fellow pupils, teachers and friends.”

The school’s donation will be delivered through Lewes-based charity Working Abroad Projects, where former LOGS pupil Aaron Jangaard is helping co-ordinate volunteer efforts with Education and Health Nepal, a grass-roots charity registered in the UK.

It is racing to build tin and bamboo classrooms for 215 children aged three to 14 in Gorkha, who are currently studying under tents, before the monsoons hit.

The charity will also rebuild the Shree Nawa Durga Lower Secondary School.

Aaron, who stayed last year in one of the towns worst affected said: “The families I stayed with in Harkapur were OK, thank goodness, but all the houses in that village have been devastated. The one I stayed in was flattened.”

More than 8,000 people died and eight million were affected by the initial earthquake near Kathmandu with further fatal tremors hampering relief efforts. Two weeks ago another 47 people died in a landslide.

Vicky Kornevall-McNeil, a parent at LOGS, who set up WorkingAbroad Projects with her husband Andreas said: “I think for now people are trying to survive, and find ways to feed themselves and have shelter and if they can get their children back to school, that is a first step to recovery and some normality.”

Go to http://ehn-nepal.org/ehn-uk/donate/

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