Nepal 2012 Expedition Project Announced
Expeditioners so far have raised over £300 with cake stalls and a used toy stall towards the £1000 needed for the project.
This years Expedition will be working in a remote location in Nepal at The Shree Pragatisheel Higher Secondary School. The school is located about an hour and half drive from the road head at Kande and additional hour and half walk to the village. The students will be working alongside students from the school to complete a compound wall. Currently much of the land in Nepal is government owned and it is very rare for a school to own the land which they use. This causes huge problems for Schools because, without a clear demarcation of school grounds it is common for squatters to move into school buildings, claim school land as their own or build on school land. A compound wall is also vital to secure the site (both from unwanted animals and unwelcome visitors) and ensure the safety of the pupils plus it protects any property that the school owns from theft and vandalism. Over 400 students attend this school and many walk an hour each way to attend.
Not only will Newport Free Grammar School be working to improve the lives of the present and future students of Shree Pragatisheel Higher Secondary School by carrying out the project, but there will also be the opportunity for everyone to experience real Nepalese culture. By working in small groups with Nepalese students from two different locations the project will allow Newport Free Grammar School students to really immerse themselves in a different way of life. Alongside the project there will also be the opportunity to see what day to day life is like for the villagers, maybe trying your hand at some traditional cooking, or helping out in the rice fields as well as planning and carrying out an educational session for the local students.