In October this year I am heading to Nepal with the charity Global Action. The aim of the trip is to work with other young people on poverty reduction and conservation in Nepal.
During my stay we will work with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the UK Department for International Development.
Practical Aid For Nepal
The specific project we will be working on focuses on the Pokhara region. I don’t know yet what specific project we will be working on, but past projects have included installing drinking water to local communities and building a new classroom.
During my stay in Nepal I will also visit the Gurkha Welfare Trust. I will be traveling throughout Nepal with Global Action.
Who Are Global Action?
Global Action is a charity that has worked in Nepal since 2015. Since that time they have rebuilt a high school, installed water systems for primary schools and completely rebuilt a community weaving centre.
Uniquely, Global Action is run by international development professionals who have extensive experience in launching and planning expeditions. Students work alongside NGOs and local community groups on well-planned activities in villages that are part of on-going, long-term country-wide poverty reduction strategies.
How Am I Involved?
After successfully being chosen by Global Action as one of 15 children to go from my school, I now have to raise money to cover the costs of my flights, my accommodation in Nepal and my food.
To achieve this I have been fundraising since September 2018, selling my books and possessions online and to date have managed to raise over £450 towards my total
My Big Fundraiser
One of my biggest fundraising ideas is to do a sponsored run in the Eildon Hills in Melrose where I used to live (you can see all three of them in the distance!).
The Eildons are three separate summits that go up to a maximum of 422m (or 1385 ft. high). Running from the base up all three and then back down to the base will mean a total of 9km all cross country. I will be doing this in the first week of July, once I have finished my GCSEs.
If you would like to sponsor my run please do! All money raised will go to my Nepal fund.
More About Why I Want To Help
My life so far has been one of privilege. I am educated, I am healthy and I have a family who care for me. The life of a child in Nepal has not been so easy, particularly since the earthquake.
This visit gives me the opportunity to give something back to a community which has suffered so much and to fully understand the work of aid agencies. I also want to be a doctor when I leave school and I hope that Nepal will give me an insight into the hard work and dedication of medical teams from around the world.
I think this is an amazing opportunity, so any help you can give me will be very gratefully received. Thank you so much!