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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 the government recognizes the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD) and it is part of the national education plan, it remains largely undelivered and has little impact amongst the poorest and 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 Early Childhood Development Centres in the impoverished Kaski district, together with a wider programme of work that will help hundreds of children who would not otherwise go to school to get the start in life they deserve.

The Schools

In early 2012 Guy’s Trust agreed to build an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) in the village of Dhikurpokhari. The main occupation of people in this area is farming although this rarely provides enough food for families all year round. As well as providing a pre-school education for the most disadvantaged children, this project has also engaged the community in new income generating skills including brick making and construction. The ECDC took its first class of children in June 2014.

Visiting the site for the first ECDC at Dhikurpokari, November 2012 The Guy's Trust team get to work, April 2013 The foundations are dug, April 2013 The local people complete the work, May 2013 The local people complete the work, June 2013 The local people complete the work, August 2013 Painting the building, November 2013 Almost finished, January 2014 At last the centre is open, June 2014 At last the centre is open, June 2014

The second Guy Joseph ECDC was built in the grounds of Shree Bhagawati Secondary School in the village of Dansingh in the Annapurna Sanctuary. The main occupation of people in this community is tourism and some subsistence farming. The school took its first class of children in November 2014.

The village of Dansingh Guy's Trust team visits the site for the second ECDC at Dansingh, April 2013 The local people prepare the site, May 2013 Digging the foundations, June 2013 Brick by hand-made brick, May 2014 The roof is on, June 2014 The inauguration November 2014 The classroom New pupils November2014 New pupils November2014

The third Guy Joseph ECDC is in the grounds of Mahendra Higher Secondary School in the village of Bhalam and opened in June 2015.

Arriving at Mahendra school An extraordinary welcome Blessing the ground The bricks are ready The team Inaugural ceremony A candle for Guy The formalties Time to play Time to play

Guy's Trust has funded the renovation and stocking of the library at Shree Shanti High School in Armala.

Great excitement at Armala A beautiful welcome The sign! Honoured guests That hall could do with renovating!
The cost of each ECDC, including construction, training and advocacy was approx £45,000. The cost of renovating and stocking the library was approx £5,000. Read about Early Childhood Development Centres in Nepal.

Responding to the 2015 earthquakes

Although none of our schools were damaged in the earthquakes, we helped to restore education facilities with substantial 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.

The Future

Guy’s Trust is continuing to work with the local communities in Kaski to ensure the sustainability of our projects and to continue raising funds to meet the educational and welfare needs of disadvantaged children in the area. We are also currently raising money to build and equip a second library in partnership with The Cairn Trust at Shree Dabhung Thanti School in the Syangja district. The cost of this project is £16,000.

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