Guy lived in Pokhara, in the Kaski region of Nepal for several months during the winter of 2010/11. He loved the country and its people, especially the children, and had planned to return there.
Over a million children in Nepal do not go to school. Although Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs) are part of the Nepali government's national education plan, facilities are usually extremely poor and have little impact amongst the most marginalised sections of society.
This is why Guy’s Trust, in partnership with international NGO ActionAid, has funded the construction of three Guy Joseph ECDCs in the impoverished Kaski district, together with a wider programme of work that will help hundreds of children get the start in life they deserve. As well as providing a pre-school education and regular health checks, the projects also engaged the communities in new income generating skills such as brick making and construction. Also mothers are now able to spend a few hours each day working and contributing to the family income, knowing that their children are safe.
We are currently raising funds to refurbish a classroom in the primary school at Mahendra, Bhalam for the ECDC 'graduates' and to extend the provision of nutritious lunches for the children.
In early 2012 Guy’s Trust agreed to build its first ECDC in the village of Dhikurpokhari. The community's main occupation is farming although this rarely provides enough food all year round. The ECDC took its first class of children in June 2014.
The second Guy Joseph ECDC was built in the grounds of Shree Bhagawati Secondary School in the remote village of Dhansing inside the Annapurna Sanctuary. The main occupation of people in this community is subsistence farming and some tourism. The school took its first class of children in November 2014.
ActionAid's planned withdrawal from Kaski is complete and Guy’s Trust is now working directly with the Child and Women's Empowerment Society (CWES), a respected local Nepali NGO. They are monitoring the projects regularly on our behalf and keeping us informed of progress and continuing needs.
The third Guy Joseph ECDC is in the grounds of Mahendra Higher Secondary School in the village of Bhalam and opened in June 2015.
Responding to the 2015 earthquakes
Although none of our schools were damaged in the earthquakes, we helped to restore education facilities with donations to the British School of Kathmandu for their outreach work and to Shree Gadgade School in Nagarkot for the reconstruction of their classroom floors. And through the charity ChoraChori we have funded the reconstruction of Chapakharka School near Kathmandu.
Guy's Trust has funded the renovation and stocking of the library at the Shree Shanti High School in the village of Armala.
Our most recent project is the construction and equipping of a new library block in partnership with Cairn Trust at Shree Dabhung Thanti School in the impoverished Syangja district.