Over the 2017 Easter holidays, a number of pupils and staff from Ewell Castle will be joining Birkdale School (Sheffield) to travel to the Kathmandu Valley region of Nepal, to visit some of the poorest, most deprived and needy children living in desperate conditions, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Nepal in 2015 and devastated so many communities.
The earthquake affected at least 8 million people and many were left homeless. Nepal’s major cities, including the capital Kathmandu were badly damaged and rural areas near the epicenter were completely cut off by avalanches. A second equally severe earthquake struck just over two weeks later.
Ewell Castle School are joining Birkdale School, who over the last 15 years, have built a school in Nepal called The Peace Garden English School. The school aims to improves the lives of the poorest children within its surrounding areas and now has over 300 pupils. Whilst in Nepal, pupils and staff from both schools will spend some of their time teaching English to the pupils in this school, as well as visiting a leprosy colony which is located 10 minutes from the school in a town called Kokhana. This colony houses about 500 pupils and over the years Birkdale School have built a church and a medical centre for the residents to use. Ewell Castle School will be holding lots of different fundraising events in the following months to ensure that funds are raised which can be taken with the group to Nepal which will be used to buy badly needed equipment. Fundraising events will include: • Sponsored events e.g. Sponsored Walks • Yr7- Yr11 Form Cake Sales • Sixth Form Charity Dinner- 24th November 2016 - Everest Spice • School Mufti Days • Christmas Disco for Years 4 & 5