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A volunteer with some of the children


We have five full-time teachers at the school, but need volunteers willing to help. There are now six classes ranging from our reception/nursery class to Year 5.

If you think you can help out in any of these areas we would love to hear from you. Please contact nell@gorkhalearning.org for more information.



 Brixham Theatre fundraising
Janet Pettit from Brixham Devon, along with her partner and friends got together and sang cooked and generally worked very hard to raise a wonderful 500 for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
 Our Clinic
We are running a monthly clinic at Shree Krishna School. This is a preventative clinic where children get weighed and measured and are given simple medicines as required. This clinic is sponsored by Pam Nolan. We would like to say a big thank you to Pam. You can read more about the voluntary work on our volunteers page.

Here you can see Pam helping a child with a particularly painful ear infection.
 Gareth Rees-White
Name: Gareth Rees-White
Age: 22
Currently: Media Student

I went to Nepal in April as a volunteer and helped with painting and cleaning the original school classrooms and distribution of children's clothes. This whole experience for me was incredibly interesting and I look forward to re-visiting Nepal soon.

The people, the food and the culture were very much worth seeing and also experiencing the satisfaction gained from helping was a bonus in itself.
 Moira White
Name: Moira White
Age: 23
Currently: Studying at Emerson College

My visit to Gorkha was in August 2004 and was to help with transforming the nursery. I have visited several times since then and help out with fundraising when I am at home in the UK. Whilst there we painted all the walls white and then we painted pictures on the walls. We designed areas for the nursery such as construction, small role-play, large role-play, art, quiet table play, reading space and both a writing and a maths area. I taught English during my visit. I was involved in the hiring of new staff and sharing information and in distributing baby clothes amongst the poor. I attended meetings with the local community, as well as the staff and school committee.

I have always had a great time and I am now saving for my next visit.
 Richard Roberts
Name: Richard Roberts
Age: 20
Currently: Studying at Bristol University

I volunteered to help out at the school set up by Gorkha Learning For Life in the spring. I saw it as a great opportunity to help give something back to Nepal while I was travelling in the area. The school in Pokharathok, Gorkha does a fantastic job providing education for lower cast children who would otherwise go without. The charity provided me with contacts to help me find my feet in Kathmandu and it was from there that I travelled to the school, which was still under construction when I arrived. The teachers and children were all terribly kind and very pleased to meet me. While I was there I was able to help teach some English as well as aid the administration of the school. I took photos of all the new pupils and brought those back along with their school records. This is vital to get sponsorship for each child, which is needed for the charities survival. I got a great insight into Nepali culture especially its kindness and hospitality and was very pleased to be able to help.

To this end I plan to visit Nepal and the school again in the near future.
 Gordon Lineham
Name: Gordon Lineham
Currently: Retired

After a conversation in the Swan PH Horndon-on-the-Hill, I decided to accompany a group of five others to Nepal during Easter for two weeks, with the object of improving the then existing school in Pokharathok, Gorkha, Nepal.

The main objective for Den, James and myself was to build a partition wall in the large existing classroom to provide two rooms in the expanding school, plus any other jobs in the time available. This may seem an easy project, but unfortunately there is no B&Q in Gorkha... Without B&Q, and powertools, we managed to successfully provide the school with an additional classroom and home corner for the children!
 Allison Axten
Name: Allison Axten
Currently: Student & Family Support Worker, Corringham Primary School

During July 2008 I realised a personal abition to volunteer at Shree Krishna School. I had hoped to meet the children, families and staff at the school, to help train nursery teachers from the Gorkha area, to fully decorate and resource a nursery classroom, to observe daily family learning sessions' to meet the children my family sponsors, to share parachute games and to have FUN! A tall order indeed! Yet, with Nell and Den's brilliant support, advice and encouragement and my trusty companion, Helen, I achieved all of these wishes and so much more. It was a truly humbling experience.

I was privileged to be part of a very different way of life. The hospitality we were offered and pride that was shared in very modest homes was inspirational.
 Anne Pease 157km walk!
Anne Pease walked 157 km, raising money for both Gorkha Learning for Life and Little Haven Hospice.

I set out for the Camino de Santiago on 11th September, and returned on 19th September. I travelled with two friends whom I had met in the Cayman Islands whilst I was living there. We try to meet each year for the anniversary of Hurricane Ivan, which did a great deal of damage to Grand Cayman back in 2004: all of us were affected in one way or another.

For the first two years, we met in London, had lunch and tea and then returned home. One of my friends had completed part of the walk, and in the course of general conversation, I somehow found I had committed to walking a 100 mile section. I am not, in the conventional sense, a walker, and this long trek was a huge personal achievement as I couldn't believe I had actually walked that distance when we took a taxi back to the airport. Having completed this part of the walk, it seemed only right that we should finish it.

It suddenly came to me that people might like to sponsor me, a pensioner, on my trek. As I asked around, I was overwhelmed by the interest and support I received. Everybody was so kind and generous. In fact, I collected a grand total of 855.00, which I split between two charities involved with children. One, was Gorkha Learning for Life, and the other was Little Havens Children's Hospice.

El Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrim route of about 600 miles. It is believed that the bones of St. James, the apostle, are in a silver tomb inside the cathedral. The trek is very popular but sometimes we would go for hours without meeting anyone. The countryside of northern Spain was wonderful so, apart from convivial company, we also had beautiful scenery.
 Goats for Nepal
Children at Corringham Primary School have been helping families in Nepal by fundraising to buy goats for the villagers.

Their teacher, Allison Axten, has also contributed by using the celebration of her silver wedding anniversary to ask friends to sponsor students as a gift to her and her husband on their special day.

This enabled 25 students to be sponsored!
 Christine Gray
Christine Gray

Along with my husband and daughter I visited Shree Krishna in Gorkha.There I listened to the children read which then enabled me to set up a reading scheme that allows the children to take books to read at home then bring back in to school to swap.I felt privileged to be part of the childrens education and I can't wait to hopefully visit again in 2010.
 Reg Gray
Name: Reg Gray
Currently: Local government officer

I travelled to the school and helped to paint, lay flooring and repair the window shutters at the clinic. In all I found the trip a rewarding experience and enjoyed working with and meeting the people of Nepal.I enjoyed learning about their culture and religions and trying their food. I hope to visit again in a few years time.
 Caroline Gray
After going twice before I couldn't wait to visit the schools in gorkha again . This time myself and Libby visited various different nurserys to check that the resources were being used properly and also to renew some resources in the nurseries. I once again had a really great time working with the wonderful students and teachers in the schools.
 School Welfare Assistant
We need a sponsor to fund our School Welfare Assistant - can you help? The sponsorship is 25 per month. If you think you can help, please contact Nell - nell(at)gorkhalearning.org - thank you!
 Pat Roberts' Birthday Collection!
Pat Roberts had a charity collection for her birthday, and raised 289! A big thanks to Pat for having the collection!
 Keeping Updated!
We've just launched a new YouTube account! If you want to keep updated with all of the little things going on with the charity, then please add us! Follow the link below to go to our account on YouTube.

  Our YouTube account.
 Donation from the Clifford Chance Foundation
We're thrilled to announce that the Clifford Chance Foundation have donated 1,490 to us!

We will be using this kind donation to fund a teacher for an entire year!
 Jacob's Creek
Jacob's Creek barn dance band played and then donated their fee to our teacher fund! Thanks everyone!
 Amy & Sam,
We both had a fantastic time in Nepal, especially working with, and getting to know, the children and teachers of Shree Krishna Primary School. It was so much fun being able to inspire the children with our mask making project (with some interesting results!) and help them to learn and perform Spike Milligan's famous poem 'On The Ning Nang Nong' (which was hilarious!). It was a brilliant and fulfilling experience, and one that I would recommend to anyone.
 Anne Caron-Delion
After fundraising for new digital cameras and a laptop, Anne facilitated a photography and computer project with Class 5. The pupils were introduced to holding the cameras, using the focus and zoom, choosing different angles and positioning subjects for emphasis. They were asked to think of a range of things and places and to photograph, so the images they took reflect local life from their own view.

With the permission of the head teacher, volunteers worked for one week at a time with their groups during periods devoted to art and literacy. Armed with cameras, we took the children into town, across the hillside, to local villages and occasionally into their homes. The children enthusiastically practiced their English, using photography as a focal point. This literacy work was formalized when the children went on to produce individual Powerpoint presentations, writing titles and captions for the pictures they selected.

Aged between 8 and 13, Anusha, Finshu, Sarita, Rupa, Sajana, Anisha, Swastika, Bimala, Sarita, Sanjay, Ranjit and Saroj, who I had the enormous pleasure of working with, took to the cameras, uploading their pictures and navigating their way around the laptop with unbeatable enthusiasm and appreciation. They helped each other along the way and adopted new skills with such speed that it was easy to forget that we had only been teaching them one week - in their second language!

With the new digital cameras, I hope future volunteers (myself included) will assist in more photo-based projects. Photography has the potential to be used in so many ways to nurture the communication abilities and technical understanding of the children of Shree Krishna Primary School. And it could be employed to foster further links with school children in England, some of whom are already pen-pals with Class 5.

The children gave me so much during my stay in their country. They introduced me to Nepali dancing and some of the religious sites of Gorkha, they taught me about their culture including their songs, names of plants, animals and places, and they kept me smiling every single day. Thank you to Shawna Arnesen, Amey and Sam for sharing this rich experience, and to Nell and Den for making it possible. Sarita Aryal and the staff at Shree Krishna in Pokharatok made me feel so welcome, I am very grateful to them - Namaste!
 Tree Dressing 2012
Hands Around Ladies Morris danced at the annual tree dressing held in Langdon Park by the rangers. They collected a grand total of 50 on the day which will cover the wages of our teacher Som for nearly 2 weeks!
 Bill Fayers, Nepal report
Here's an excerpt from an e-mail from Bill, from Nepal!

''Today is our first day back at school. We have just had another festival, they love their festivals here. The great thing is that as I live with a Nepalese family I get to be involved in everything that goes on ! I suppose the only 'iffy' moment for me was during Dasain (15 day festival) when I went with the family to visit their relatives and, as is the custom, two goats literally lost their heads !! My first thought was that it seemed unnecessary to be sacrificing animals in this day and age (Western thinking) but then when I thought about it I realised that the goats were rather lucky to be in Nepal!

The Hindu religion forbids suffering of animals and so the beheading must be done in one swipe, do animals in Europe get it so easy? And, yes, the meat is eaten during the festival (but not by me).

You will see from the pics that 'my' village, Gorkha, is situated high up the side of a big hill, the valley is full of cloud every morning and from the house we look down on it. It lifts during the day and then the mountains in the pics are lost in cloud and the valley becomes clear.''

Bill is staying in Nepal for over 6 months! So we are hoping to receive some more e-mails from him about his experiences soon.
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