Kendal Rotarians Trek to Nepal

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Philip Hoyle and Ray Wood, members of the Rotary Club of Kendal, have just returned from three weeks in Nepal where they visited the village of Khiraule, in a remote part of the Solu Khumbu (Everest region).   The trip represents the culmination of two and a half years of work and co-operation, locally and internationally, to raise nearly £25,000 to fund a major redevelopment project at the village school to include: a water sanitation scheme; the building new classrooms and refitting existing ones; and the delivery of new teaching aids and sports equipment.

Khiraule is the home village of Lhakpa Sherpa who, with his wife Pat, lives, in the summer months, in Barbon, near Casterton. The village has a population of approximately 400, mostly small-scale farmers, of whom about 90 are children who attend the local school.  To reach the village, the party of 10 trekkers, mostly local residents, had to walk for 4 days each way from and to the regional airport of Phaplu - walks that included both descents and ascents of around 1,000 metres and required sleeping under canvass, sometimes at height of nearly 3,000 metres, when the temperature dropped to around -7 degrees.

Trek to Khiraule 2014

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Khiraule Education and Health ProjectAshok Shrestha of the Rotary Club of Dhulikel who is helping with Khiraule project has advised of a recent major flooding disaster in Nepal which has caused significant loss of life and the destruction of many homes. The Rotary Clubs in Nepal have been working tirelessly to alleviate this disaster and have appealed for funds.

Schoolchildren at Khiraule

From the 9th to the 25th of November, Ray Wood and Philip Hoyle of the Kendal Rotary Club will be Trekking to the village of Khiraule in Nepal. Having already raised funds for a major redevelopment project at the Village School, This sponsored trek is seeking to raise donations for Rotary's efforts to alleviate the recent flooding disaster in Nepal.  Khiraule is in the Solu Khumbu / Everest Region of Nepal, near the regional town of Bung, 4 days trek east from the airport at Phaplu.

The trek will be led by Lhakpa Sherpa, a native of Khiraule, who is now resident for part of each year, with his wife Pat, in the village of Barbon close to Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal. 
You can follow their progress on the blog of the trek and sponsor their efforts through a MyDonate page which has been set up for the Khiraule Education and Health Project.

Further information on the history of the Khiraule Eduction and Health Project and Kendal Rotary club's involvement is available here.

Rotary Foundation Grant Awarded

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The school shildrenThis is the first paragraph of a letter from the Rotary Foundation.  The recipients were Rotarians Philip Hoyle and Ashok Kumar Shrestha from the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel in District 3292 in Nepal.

Congratulations! Your matching grant application, submitted by the Rotary Club of Kendal and the Rotary Club of Dhulikhel for funding to help provide toilet, clean water supply, playground extension and educational material to meet the needs of students and teachers at Khiraule Primary School, Solukhumbu, Nepal, has been approved by the Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of US$ 12,328.

So essentially this is doubled when we add the Designated District Fund contribution. So it’s a total of nearly $25,000 - about £16,000. Who says The Rotary Foundation is not relevant!

The Khiraule Project

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History

Children outside the Khiraule School

Khiraule village is in the Solu Khumbu/Everest region of Nepal near the regional town of Bung. It is 4 days trek east from the airport at Phaplu. The villagers identified a need for a school 22 years ago and built a make shift one out of bamboo and the Government provided them with a teacher. A few years later Sir Edmund Hilary’s Trust provided £200 and the villagers built a stone school with three class rooms but they still only had one teacher.

Khiraule is the home village of Lhakpa Sherpa and he and his wife Pat Steel started to raise funds for the school in l996. By 1998, they had raised enough money to build an additional two classrooms and living accommodation for two teachers which the Government were then providing. There were approximately 50 children. Lhakpa and Pat continued to raise money in order to rebuild and refurbish the school and in 2007 the school was rebuilt including new desks and benches, glass windows, and white boards. They also provided a small first aid kit and small amount of sport equipment. This cost approximately £4000. They have also funded a further assistant teacher at a cost of £720 per year.

The number of children varies from 60 to 90 from 55 families. This primary school has 5 classes covering grades 1 to 5, ages 4 years to 9 years though there are older children in the school up to age 12 years. Lhakpa and Pat, who are residents of Barbon in the Lune Valley, continued to raise funds and started to involve their trekking friends in the UK.