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Students return from charity trip to the Kathmandu Valley

Published Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 04:45:10 PM

A team of 31 students from ACS Egham International School have recently returned from a charity expedition to the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal supporting the Jana Bhawana Primary School community. As part of the two-week charity expedition, known as ‘Project Nepal’, students spent six days in Panchkal volunteering at the Jana Bhawana Primary School. During their stay, the team helped prepare food and taught lessons with Jana Bhawana students. The team helped build a new school library, shower and toilet block and ACS students and staff assisted with sanding, preparing and laying concrete and painting. Nearly one thousand books collected by the ACS Egham community were used to furnish the new library, providing valuable education resources. Lauren Dean, Lower School teacher and Project Nepal director, said of the trip: "Our expedition exceeded all of our expectations. I, along with my ACS team and our partners at Adventure Lifesigns Expeditions and NARBA Treks, are proud beyond measure of our students, who put their heart and soul into each minute of our time in Nepal.” As a result of school wide fundraising across the year, the ACS Egham team were able to provide electricity and a water supply system; render the school building; help develop an after school club; and provide over £1000 of school stationary. ACS Egham’s Project Nepal has also partnered with the Health and Nutritional Development Society (HANDS) International. The partnership has employed three Nepalese specialists to implement a nutritional programme over the next year across the Panchkal region, beginning in Jana Bhawana village. During their visit, the Project Nepal team met members from the wider community to learn first-hand about the local Jana Bhawana culture and students visited the Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Hindu Temple and Bodnath Stupa Buddhist Temple in the Kathmandu Valley. Lauren added: “No matter the challenge, they faced it with an open mind and a can-do attitude, and learned countless life lessons along the way. Their hard work and fundraising allowed us to maximise our impact in Panchkal. We are already excited to return to Panchkal in March 2017 to continue our work."
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