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Rotary Club of Yeovil closes on target to Build a School in Nepal 

The Rotary Club of Yeovil is delighted to announce that its major international project to rebuild a school in Nepal has recently taken a significant step forward, having now passed the £50,000 mark on its way to its £64,000 target. Consequently, construction of the six-classroom Shree Saraswoti School in the mountainous Sindhupalchok region has commenced, with the first brick laid just a few days ago.

At the end of 2016, Stewart Cursley, Rotary District Governor, set a challenge to come up with a project that would involve and motivate the District’s 52 clubs. Due to the Yeovil Club’s association with Luke Simon of School in a Bag and his current work in Nepal, a plan to build a school in one of the regions that was affected by the devastating earthquake of 2015 was submitted and subsequently accepted.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th three years ago killed over 9000 people and, according to government figures, destroyed 475 of the 545 schools in the Sindhupalchok area. This left 1000s of children without a school to go to and, although temporary learning centres have been established, facilities are few and far between and there is a risk that a whole generation may miss out on adequate education.

Working through the existing School in a Bag partners the Helambu Education Livelihood Project (HELP) and Mondo Foundation, President Michael Fernando together with members of the Yeovil Rotary Club set about a focused fund-raising campaign to secure the £64,000 budget needed to fully build, fit out and staff a school that will accommodate over 200 pupils.

The campaign was launched in July last year and thanks to the efforts of various Rotary Clubs, the generosity of individuals and philanthropic organisations, £18,000 was raised in the first nine months. Then, last month, Mondo Foundation was able to secure around a further £30,000 towards the project.

This, combined with recent fund-raising events - which recently included an exclusive Italian evening at Tamburino’s Restaurant in Yeovil - has seen the figure raised to date exceed £50,000. This means that, with £14,000 now required to reach the overall total, construction of the school has commenced, as Rotary Club of Yeovil President Michael Fernando explains:

“We knew this was going to be an ambitious project when we started, but we were determined to see it through. The recent influx of funds has meant the end goal is now in sight and, with additional funds having been pledged, we hope to reach the total by the end of this year.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for their support so far, for what will become a lasting legacy; not only for our Rotary Club and District 1200, but for the people of Yeovil too. The school will benefit children in Nepal for generations to come and we are looking forward to visit the finished school and see the plaque that will honour Yeovil for its contribution.”

For further information about the Rotary Club of Yeovil’s Build a School in Nepal project and to find out how to make a donation, visit:

Help us Build a School in Nepal is a Rotary Club of Yeovil project supported by
Rotary District 1200.

For further media information, please contact the Rotary Club of Yeovil press officer,
Simon Slade: / 01935 424873

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