Ofsted Outstanding Award 2012-2013
East Haddon Primary School

East Haddon Primary School

East Haddon Primary School

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Emmanuel 2000

We first heard about the school in 2004 from Sheila Addison. Sheila had been the Diocesan Training Officer before her retirement. She had set a charity up to provide buildings for a Children’s Home and Worship and Adult Training Centre in the village of Thaiba in the Katmandu Valley. One of the buildings provided had room to accommodate a small school of about 20 children.

In 2004 the Chairman of the Development of Thaiba asked the Emmanuel Pastor if it would be possible for the Church to provide funding for around 20 children with learning difficulties living in that area.

Children with severe learning difficulties are not acceptable to Nepal schools, so without provision would receive no basic skills training and be left at home or sent out to earn money from the age of 5 or 6 years.

Nepal is reckoned to be the 4th poorest country in the world and Christians amongst the poorest, so the Church could not provide these funds.

Sheila came to school and gave a presentation about the proposed school and staff and children alike were very keen to support the project.

Surprisingly costs for teaching 20 children for a year are only

2 teachers @ £600                     1200

2 classroom assistants @ £300    600

20 children @ £96                       1920

total £3720

Life in Nepal is very hard. Most children have no education and they work in very basic jobs - quarries, cleaning toilets, looking after animals in the fields.

Our children are so lucky. Many of the things they have and do they take for granted. Traditionally we send our Harvest Collection to support the school, plus other collections throughout the year we may make.

Harpole Methodist Chapel supports a widow, Dolma. Widows in Nepal traditionally threw themselves on their husband’s funeral pyre, as they are regarded as the lowest of the low when they are left on their own. Dolma can live comfortably on £30 per month. She has learnt to read and write and now helps support other widows.

Such small amounts of money can change the lives of these people living on the ‘Roof of the World’.

Sheila regularly visits Nepal and visits us to report back.

Please support our Harvest Collection and know that through Sheila this money gets to Nepal and makes great differences to the lives of their very poor children.