On August 2018, I was connected with Sunil Phuyal, then president-elect of Rotaract Club of Kathmandu. Sunil and his club members have been working on different distribution programs for schools within the rural regions of Kathmandu districts (see one of their community projects below). He knew of a public lower secondary school in Kavrepalanchowk district, Nepal (a 2 hour off-road ride from Kathmandu) that needed help. There were only 95 students, from grade 1-5. Most of them were from lower-income families, and came to school empty handed. Sunil suggested that we could raise funds together to support every student with a new schoolbag, books, and writing materials. His team would organise club members and coordinate with local manufacturers while our goal was to raise 62,250 NRS ( approx 700 SGD ) for the distribution program.
Sunil and I would travel to the school to meet the students, assess their needs and find out where we can be most helpful.
While we were out raising the money, Sunil and his team quickly got to work. A month later we were all heading back to the school with 2 trucks full (with the road conditions, you could see our journey there was not a pleasant one!)
It was our first project distribution - and one that left such a big impact on us. The welcoming ceremony, the dance, the joy and everything in between. Thanks to members of the Rotaract Club of Kathmandu, no student went home empty handed that day.
(Photos courtesy of Geet Sharma)
About Rotaract Club of Kathmandu
The Rotaract Club of Kathmandu lies in R.I. District 3292, Kathmandu, Nepal chartered on 6th November, 1996, is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious and volunteer service organization of students and young people aged between 18 and 30.This organization also has been developing professionalism in youths and helping to build the leadership in them. Rotaract Club of Kathmandu is one of the oldest and most active Rotaract club in Nepal and is sponsered by parent Rotary Club of Kathmandu.