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ACS Egham hits fantastic fundraising target to help Nepalese school

Published Monday 2nd of March 2015 03:50:35 PM

Students, staff and parents at ACS Egham are thrilled to have reached their fundraising target for Project Nepal.

Project Nepal is a five-year partnership between ACS Egham International School and Shree Mahendra Upper Primary School in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Project Nepal 2015 will see 36 students, aged 15 to 17, travel to Shree Mahendra in Nepal next month to build relationships with the school community. The team will work with labourers to help restore the school, which currently is too small, unsafe and ill-equipped to educate its 350 students.

Students involved with Project Nepal have been organising a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, including a school music concert and a parent gala. All money raised will fund Shree Mahendra's construction and teaching supplies.

A final push in the last few weeks has seen a successful movie night raise £450 and a High School social raise £800, enabling students to reach the fundraising target and beyond for Project Nepal. The funds will contribute towards vital learning resources such as white boards, sports equipment and books, as well as restoration work at the school.

Lauren Dean, Project Nepal Coordinator and ACS Egham teacher, commented:

'The students are getting more and more excited each day, which has led them to be more and more motivated to make every minute of their time in Nepal meaningful.'

Students at ACS Egham have not only focused on the fundraising aspect of the project, but are taking their own initiative to find other ways to connect with the community. Lower School students have been creating letters and art for the students at Shree Mahendra and the ACS Egham Girl Scouts have collected over 800 books for the Project Nepal team to donate to the school, sharing ACS Egham's resources and developing relationships with peers in Nepal.

Lauren added:

'Our mission is simple: two communities helping each other. Our students have risen to the occasion and are making the most of this life-changing opportunity. Most importantly, they understand that while we are fortunate to be able to support Shree Mahendra with construction and supplies, we have as much to gain from their community as they do from ours.'
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