Rotary Club of Bristol in Nepal

The Rotary Club of Bristol has had a long association with Nepal, involving projects primarily linked to education and clean water supply.

A talk by Dr.Tim Mitchell , a trustee of The Pahar Trust and a fellow Rotarian, in 2010, was the catalyst for the ongoing support that we give.

In that talk he vividly described conditions in this beautiful but impoverished country and the service that the Ghurkhas have given to the British Army for well over a century. Returning Ghurkha servicemen were the ones to highlight the desperate need for education and health support which was picked up and became The Pahar Trust.

We were introduced to members of the Rotary Club of Pokhara in Nepal and from this has developed a continuing number of projects.


The International Committee continues to promote this link, the primary managers of the link are Dr Tim Mitchell and Ron Stagg. Tim is also a Trustee for the Pahar Trust Nepal - www.pahar-trust.org and makes regular visits to Nepal both for Rotary and the Pahar Trust.


There are 2 further pages with information on Nepal and our links with the country and Rotary:



Our Rotary members have visited Nepal in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to open, revisit and plan our projects. We also support the successful link between Westbury-on-Trym CE Academy and Himalaya School Singdi with the last trip involving current President Leigh, Tim and Cathy Milton, head teacher of the Academy.


In 2017 Tim will be accompanying a group from the Academy including several 9 and 10 year old students to Singdi. Bristol Free School will also be joining in the link with 3 sixth formers on the trip


International Projects

      

        2010   - Extension for Bharabhuri school (£5,000) - a joint project with Rotary Club of Bristol Breakfast. 

       

        2010    - Construction of a water supply to the remote village of Kolma, south of Pokhara. (£10,000). 

      

        2012/3- Rebuilding of Kharpani (£10,000) destroyed by flash flood.

      

        2014 Tiffin Fund providing a daily meal for the children of Bharabhuri school (£500 per year).


        2014 - Contributions to the installation of WiFi and computer equipment at Singdi school.

      

        2014 - Construction of a water supply project at Majh Thum (£5,000)

           

        2014 - Refurbishment of Sangsabu school (£21,000) includes Global Grant*  

       


Bharabhuri 

School before extension                                School with extension

           

          
Sangsabu                                         

 Refurbished school                                           

         



                   Classrooms Before                                          Classrooms After

                                              

   
*A Global Grant is a mechanism where individual (or groups of) Rotary Clubs are able to use District and International contributions to increase funds raised by a multiplier of 3.5


Future Plans


Club visit late in 2017 to inspect the refurbished schools and to progress plans to enable villages to raise funds for extra teaching staff by cultivating and selling cardamomThe current costs for establishing a suitably sized plantation are about £4 000. 


We also have plans to build a new school in the East at Mitlung and a Health Post at the site of the refurbished school in Sangsabu.


Our efforts in Nepal have inspired many other clubs within District 1100 to join us in the work in Nepal, and 3 health posts and one school have been built with contributions from other clubs. 


We are very grateful to them for this past and ongoing support and very proud that our current international Chair, Tim Mitchell was honoured as a Rotary Champion of Change for his work to improve the lives of remote communities in Nepal.