Lara's Fundraiser for Nepal

Help me build the new East Point Academy

Hello friends and family,

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

I’m reaching out because, honestly, I want your money. Let me explain.

For the past 2 years I've been working with the Acts of Kindness Collective, a friend's NGO operating in Nepal, running educational, medical and anti-child trafficking programs.

We are a small team of volunteers that formed following the 2015 earthquakes, in which the East Point Academy in Melamchi was destroyed, among other 25,000 schools and affecting 1.7M children in the country.

In April last year, we laid the first stone of the new school, and quite amazingly for Nepali times, the construction will be completed in June. This means that 450 children will move from their temporary classrooms (made with bamboo and metal sheeting) to the new school (see pics).

This week I will be going to Melamchi to get my hands dirty and give my contribution. I am also raising a small amount so I (WE) can make an even bigger impact: I'm asking you all to help me and give what you feel like.

Education is the key to empowerment and we can all make the difference. Now give me your money :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH, sending you all my love.

xx Lara

More about the east Point Academy

Why are we building this school?
The East Point Academy was founded 12 years ago to provide quality education to marginalized kids, and was tragically destroyed during the 2015 earthquake.

Following the disaster, the East Point Academy set-up temporary classrooms using bamboo and metal sheeting to be able to continue to educate pupils. However, the makeshift situation is no longer a viable solution and children now need your support, to help create a better, safer, quality environment for them to receive an education.

AOKC engaged with EPA to support the construction of a permanent school that is earthquake resistant and serves the community long term.

Our vision is to make EPA the best affordable educational institution in the area so every child can have access to quality education and get a chance to break the cycle of poverty they were born into.

Who does the school help?
The 450 students are a mixture of different castes and ethnic groups with around 7% from the lowest caste who are considered ‘un-touchable’ in Nepali culture. The kids are between 2 and 15 years old covering the grades 0-12 as well as Nursery.

How will it be managed in the long run?
EPA operates as a ‘non-profit trust’ with the objective to provide low cost education to marginalised children. For those who can’t afford tuition fees, scholarships are available to cover both academic costs as well as on-site accommodation if children live in a remote region where daily travel is too challenging. This is funded by the families who can afford to pay tuition which means the school can continue operating it’s community driven model, but also ensure donors and stakeholders that there is no unfair financial motivation for the management of the school.

How do I know my donation will make an impact?
The Acts of Kindness Collective operates a 100% model. This means that we raise money for any overheads separately, so that 100% of your donation to a specific campaign can always be guaranteed to be spent on that project.

Our £500 challenge
All donors helping us with £500 or more contribution will forever be remembered in the local community as we will create an art piece on the school grounds and write everyone's name as a reminder of all the kind hearts that helped us make this a reality.

For more information, including timeline, construction plans, and budget, please click here: https://goo.gl/Gnswzk
If you want to have a walk through the EPA watch this goo.gl/VMRD2d

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