The Lewisham North Scouts have been going on an annual expedition to Nepal for the last 10 years. This year, the 43 young scouts aged 11-13 each packed 2 of the comfort bundles we collaborated with www.delightcharity.org.uk during our Heart & Sole appeal on, in their rucksacks.
A pre-loved pair of shoes, an outgrown soft toy and a letter/drawing from a child in the UK to a child in Nepal were distributed, alongside other toys, books & games, to children at the non-government funded EPCH (Education, Protection and Help for Children) school in Kathmandu in April 2016.
In May 2019, Sal’s Shoes started school at Kopila Valley 📚 Kopila is the only school in the region, including public, private, for-profit and non-profit schools, that is entirely free for students. Tuition includes transportation, a daily lunch and snack, school supplies which includes backpacks, uniforms, books and stationery, warm pyjamas for the winter months, healthcare [which includes counselling, dental hygiene, vaccines, annual physicals, counselling for trauma cases], and an abundance of extracurricular activities.
Their new campus opened in February 2019 and is one of the greenest, most sustainable schools in the world https://inhabitat.com/rammed-earth-kopila-valley-school-is…/ The classroom walls are made of rammed earth material, which insulates and keeps the temperature inside 10 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The water system funnels rainwater from the month of monsoon into a 300K litre tank which safely stores water for up to 8 months. The roofs are lined with solar panels and their farm grows sustainable food for the students as well as serving as an agricultural learning hub.