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Project OYAM – Supporting a Remote School in Nepal

16th March 2021

Project OYAM – Supporting a Remote School in Nepal

Oyam is a small remote village in the Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of Eastern Nepal. he Gilham Innes Farlow Trust (GIFT), in partnership with the Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN), want to change this and give all the children the opportunity of securing a brighter future.

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Approximately 500 students go to the local Shreegupte Shwor School, some of whom have to walk up to 4 hours a day to get to school and back, in all conditions. The students are eager to learn but at the moment are limited by the facilities available, either at the school or in the village. The Gilham Innes Farlow Trust (GIFT), in partnership with the Pahar Trust Nepal (PTN), want to change this and give all the children the opportunity of securing a brighter future.

Over the next 12 months GIFT and PTN will start to lay the foundations for an extension to the existing school. The land has been purchased and a full survey conducted to make sure the plans and building will be viable for years to come. Currently designs are being drafted for a two-storey building, but we will need your support.

The extension will be built as a memorial to mark the huge sacrifices made by both soldiers and their families from this remote area of Eastern Nepal. These families have fought in the British, Indian and Nepalese militaries over many years and their unfailing support and service should rightly be remembered.

Project OYAM – Supporting a Remote School in Nepal
Project OYAM – Supporting a Remote School in Nepal

This memorial building will comprise a computer room, hostel accommodation and public library. The public library and computer room will give the students access to educational books and software that will truly give them a chance at a better life and a better future. The hostel accommodation will be available to those students who make the most perilous journeys to school and back. There will be beds, a kitchen, running water and toilet facilities to ensure that those children who do stay are looked after. We can only do this with your support.

GIFT is looking to raise funds through the PTN for Project OYAM and any donations, big or small, are vital to this cause. The Brigade of Gurkhas takes huge pride in the charity of its soldiers and community; please can I ask you to think of Project OYAM for your next charity event.

By Major EMD Bill, Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

Project OYAM in conjunction with The Pahar Trust Nepal

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