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Surya Kiran school build starts

In December 2013, we picked our second lucky school to get a new building: Surya Kiran. We’re building a beautiful new brick classroom adding to their other five old stone ones, which are also falling apart. When we built a big building for our first school, Jaladevi, we did so hand in hand with the community whereby we brought the materials and locals donated
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Jaladevi school opens

After a year of construction, Jaladevi school finally opened. It’s now being used and the children are enjoying their new found space. The old school building was made from stones and cow dung with darks windowless rooms that were little bigger than the size of a car. Now they have big open and light rooms made from concrete and bricks and able to last for
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New website

Our old website was attacked in 2012 by spammers who decided to flood us with thousands of applications for sponsorship, and then tried to break our databases so that there would be so much confusing information that we would not be able to tell what was real and what was fake. They did not get access to the database and no information was seen or
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Website taken down by 32m spammers

**14 July Update** Our new system is half way done. Shouldn’t be much longer now. Three months ago we received 32 million fake sponsorship accounts via Paypal. It’s taken an awful lot of work to try to get the website back up and running, and to weed out all the fake accounts. Each fake account wanted a child sponsorship, so we had the painstaking
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School Gets New Roof

Jaladevi primary school has now got a roof over its new classrooms (sorry for the poor photo!). Jaladevi school is perched on a mountain top and is far from the nearest road. All development at this height take time as building materials must be carried up small tracks on the backs of village volunteers. That includes the concrete blocks that the building is made
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Gardens for Children

What could be more perfect than an English cottage garden on a sunny afternoon?- two such gardens within walking distance of each other and both serving teas in secluded nooks and crannies! To help raise money for Himalayan Learning during the summer months, Jane and Helena jointly opened their gardens in Rousdon in conjunction with the National Garden’s Scheme. With lots of hard work
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Laxmi Dhakal

A fortnight ago we had some truly terrible news regarding one of our sponsored children, Laxmi Dhakal. Just over two weeks ago Laxmi was struck with severe stomach pain. After being seen by local health workers, Laxmi’s family tried to take her to the nearest health facility. Laxmi died on the way. We know very little as to why such a young and healthy
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Exam results

This week saw the largest festival in the Himalayan region – Dashain. The festival is the one time of the year when families all go back to their homes. Daughters return to their parental home, sons return from their work to see their families. This year has been especially auspicious for Himalayan Learning – five of our sponsored children have passed their School Leaving
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November Visit

November’s visit by the UK team to Nepal was accompanied by a number of Himalayan Learning donors. In the attached photo you can see retired British fireman John Farmer and one of Himalayan Learning’s children. This visit we were concentrating on trying to build upon last year’s work by surveying the renovation of Shanti School, which was so generously supported in 2007 and 2008 by
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The Iron Gate: SLC Students

The new school year in Nepal sees our first batch of children begin their SLC or “School Leaving Certificate” exams. The SLC exam in Nepal is often known as the Iron Gate because once a child gets past it, they have many new opportunities. However, passing the exam is very hard and only around 50% of children manage it. Starting in July this year,
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