We can now report that with the help of donations from just one of our volunteers, a new school has been built in Chitwan.
When Kelly H. volunteered at our Teaching Assistant Volunteer programme in Nepal during the summer of 2008, she left the project determined to do some fundraising to help build a new school in Chitwan.
At that time the children were being taught in the local museum – a building that lacked even the most basic teaching equipment – no blackboard, chairs or tables.
When Susana (WAVA’s Marketing Manager) visited Chitwan back in February 2010, the money from Kelly had already been raised, the construction materials had been purchased, and the building work was set to begin. Susana was lucky enough to be given the chance to participate in a ceremony that celebrated the commencement of the construction work.
Just last month, (December 2010) we received news from Nepal that the construction was in its final stage, and that the children finally had a concrete place to go and improve their English skills.
Chitwan is one of the key tourist destinations in Nepal thanks mainly to its National Park. Our volunteers come from all over the world to help teach the local children English – a skill that plays a fundamental role in their future, allowing them to apply for decent jobs and improve their lives and that of their family.