A Group of New Zealanders are venturing to Nepal to assist the quake affected area and help rebuild a stricken village school. The Cromwell Group will travel to Nepal in September to deliver aid and funds to The Phortse School and village.
Jack Harrison a Cromwell College pupil and part of the fundraising Group advises that, “to date we have arranged new tents, tarpaulins, laser printer and school supplies for the school. And we will also have a reasonable amount of cash to help with other needs in the village”. So far in excess of USD$17,000 has been raised through fundraising activities.
SB has arranged the airfreight of the Tarpaulin tents from Christchurch to Kathmandu at no cost to the group and are pleased to be part of this worthy cause in helping this village rebuild after the devastating earthquake in April 2015.
The original Phortse School was built by Sir Edmund Hillary in the early days of his “Giving Back” programme which saw many schools and hospitals built to improve the lives of the Sherpa people in the Everest region of Nepal. The legacy of giving to this region and to the school of Phortse was something that was embraced by a group of teenagers from Cromwell College who travelled to Nepal in 2013 and now has been further adopted by the current group of Cromwell students who had originally planned to be there in May this year but had to postpone their trip due to the major earthquake that hit the region just 6 days prior to their planned departure. Mid-September is now the new departure date.
Kim Logan, a well-known New Zealand climber and veteran of many trips to the Himalayas, is mentoring the students and will accompany them. Kim says, “It’s all systems go for us to leave on September 14th”
The “Give a Little” page can be found at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/bridgingthevoid2015