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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 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 continue to provide the small amount of funding necessary to sustain the three ECDCs.

The Schools

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 site and the old lady who gave the land for the first ECDC at Dhikupokari, November 2012 The Guy's Trust team get to work, April 2013 Celebrating the completion of digging the
foundations are dug, April 2013 The local people complete the work, August 2013 Almost finished, January 2014 At last the centre is open, June 2014 At last the centre is open, June 2014 Visiting Dhikupokhari November 2017 A demonstration of the community's appreciation and respect With the teacher inside the ECDC

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.

Measuring the site Guy's Trust team visits the site, April 2013 Sign on the trekking route The ECDC The inauguration, May 2014 New pupils outside the new centre Inside one of the classrooms, November 2014 Inside one of the classrooms, November 2014 Playtime, November 2017 Teacher and pupils, November 2017

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, November 2014 An extraordinary welcomeGuy's Trust with teachers, CWES women and ActionAid, November 2014 Inaugural ceremony, June 2015 Enjoying the new play equipment, November 2017 Guy's Trust with teachers, children and CWES, November 2017 Time to play Pupils Lesson time Time to play
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.

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.

The Libraries

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

Great excitement at Armala A beautiful welcome The sign! Honoured guests That hall could do with renovating!

In 2017 we completed the construction and equipping of a new library block in partnership with Cairn Trust at Shree Dabhung Thanti School in the impoverished Syangja district.

Shree Dabhung Thanti School Pupils in the old library A wonderful traditional Nepali welcome Waiting patiently for the inauguration ceremony to begin Presenting a certificate of appreciation Memorial plaque to Guy Great excitement using the library for the first time New educational toys New educational toys Saying goodbye

In early 2019 we agreed to fund a library in partnership with Cairn Trust at Sitaram Secondary School in Kaski district. Work has begun and the library will be completed well in time for our visit in November 2020.

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