Kirrie lays foundation for new school in Nepal

The handover of the foundation stone.
The handover of the foundation stone.

Work has begun on a new school building in Nepal, thanks to the generosity of the Kirriemuir community.

Photographs have been sent over to members of Kirriemuir Rotary Club of the laying of the foundation stone, along with heartfelt thanks from pupils at the Shree Jiwan Jyoti School, Syangja.

The Rotary Club of Kirriemuir has thanked everyone who donated.

Together with the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas, they are delighted to report work commenced recently on the new building.

A sum of £17,500 was sent by the Kirriemuir Rotarians to their colleagues in Nepal and the building work is now under way.

The school has 561 pupils ranging in age from nursery to grade 12 (the equivalent to higher grade).

Work could not start until the end of the monsoon but the foundation stone was laid on September 22 and construction is progressing well.

In a recent email to Barbara Lovegrove, last year’s international convenor, the pupils said: “Words cannot describe how we feel. We are so happy and pleased and cannot believe we are getting help and it is really happening. Thank you and namaste.”

George Aitken, Kirriemuir club president, said: “It is a real pleasure working with our Rotary colleagues in Nepal. We know every penny we send will be well spent.

“That is one of the great benefits of donating through Rotary – there are no deductions at any stage of the process. Unlike much of the funding that has been donated to the Nepalese government for reconstruction work, which is slow in being released, the funds we have sent have gone straight to the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas and are available for immediate use.

“That is why we as a club have committed to work with them for a further year. We raise funds and they source the materials and oversee the project.

“If anyone would like further information they should contact myself or any member or our club.”

The devastation caused by two earthquakes in Nepal in April and May last year - the worst experienced in the last 80 years - was outlined to Kirrie Rotarians during the visit in August.

The estimated cost of the school rebuild and refurbishment was £17,000.