After 13 years Nick Maycock (one of the founders of popular restaurant guide – www.onionring.co.uk) has returned to Kathmandu with the aim of helping more children in the wake of the massive earthquake six months ago.
With the help of the local Brownies he filled his 30kg of baggage with over 150 items of clothing for the children. He arrived in Nepal over a week ago and already all the clothes have been distributed directly in Kathmandu and up at a village community in Kavre region. The pictures of the children wearing what was donated were posted on Facebook to the delight of those whom had helped.
13 years ago, Nick spent part of his gap year in Nepal and travelled to some of the remote villages, here he was shocked at the conditions families had to deal with and faced on a daily basis, without basics that we take for granted. Nick decided to try and do what he could, “As a student I didn’t have much money myself but these families needed anything we could offer, so with help from my dad we managed to raise enough to sponsor 10 children through their initial schooling, with the aim of giving them opportunity to better themselves.” Now those children have grown up and new children receive the funding. Nick says, “I remembered meeting Sirje in 2002, he was 5 years old, living with 2 brothers and his mum and dad in one tiny room – back then I remember it brought me to tears to see their home. To hear him speak good English and tell us how he will be going to Malaysia to study at University is brilliant.” Last week I met Nikita and Rithika, their situation was the same as Sirje’s was 13 years ago. A tiny room for the whole family. Through our sponsorship the girls had a few basic things and some hope for the future”. (view video of a Nikita and Rithika’s home)
Nick is currently staying in Kathmandu with a Nepali family while setting up Nepal Foundation UK, with the aim of helping more children to have the chance of a brighter future. With the donations raised so far they have been able to get a number of projects started. Nick says, “We have raised nearly £3000 so far which has gone directly to where it’s needed. We have built the school a toilet block. We have provided water filters and funded free lunches in the school for a 12 months!”. Next week Nick and his hosts will be taking 70 jumpers, hats and gloves to be given out to the children in Kavre region. This time they will be staying over in the village then trekking on to another village a few hours hike further. Here they can evaluate what is needed there and possibly repeat the projects there.
“We have contacted some Kathmandu journalists and businessmen to rally some support here and have meetings planned with other similar charities to share some ideas and see if we can work together, here in Nepal. The region really needs outside help as well though. All donations go straight to the kids and photos of what is being done posted on Facebook (when back in a Wifi zone!). To follow Nick’s trip and find out more about the projects visit the website www.nepalfoundation.uk or find Nepal Foundation UK on social media.
Notes from Nick:
I am staying with my Nepali friend and project co-ordinator Ram Krishna Sahi, with his family in Kathmandu until December 8th. We have some amazing photos www.facebook.com/nepalfoundation/photos_stream available in HD too! The website has lots more detail and more will be added soon. I am available on Skype, Whats App, email or any means you have to answer any questions.
UK Mobile: +447769723455, Nepali Mobile: +977 984-1437916