In April 2015 I was in Pokhara in Nepal on one of my many visits to this beautiful country when there was a devastating earthquake. Kathmandu sustained a great deal of damage, with housing and historical sites being totally destroyed, but the many villages in the Kathmandu region were especially destroyed. Dhading, one of the poorest districts in a very poor country north west of Kathmandu was hit especially hard with whole villages flattened and many people died. The future of the villages lies with the education of the children and I am asking for your help to rebuild a school. I have been traveling to Nepal for more than 20 years for trekking and teaching conversational English to school children and during that time I have seen the standard of living and education deteriorate. I have found the Nepalese people to be a caring and giving nation and will help anyone who may find themselves in trouble while in their country, even though they have very little themselves. During one of my visits, I was fortunate to meet Rajan Dhungana who accompanied me on one of my treks. He is an elder in the village of Phyakse in the Khalte region (Khalte-6, Dhading) where he spent his childhood and is now part of the Roshika Helping Hands organization which helps raise funds for the bare essentials of the villages in that region, such as blankets, clothes, clean water etc. You can check this website at www.roshikahelpinghands.org.np. Presently, he is trying to buy some supplies for the school and villagers in his village with some money that a friend and I managed to raise a little while ago, but unfortunately the funds did not stretch to the building of a new school. As you will see from the photo's accompanying this letter, the children of his village have no school of any substance and some are doing their lessons on the floors of their so called classrooms. We are hoping to raise enough money to build a school for these children and supply them with proper resources. We estimate it will take around $35,000 AUD to build a school and then we will need more funds for educational resources. If we can raise the literacy of these children, it is a start for a better future for them and their country. Until recently, India had blockaded supplies of basic necessities to Nepal, making an already disastrous situation even worse for the Nepalese who are still trying to cope and come to terms with the horrific effects of the earthquake. I believe it is a basic human right to have at least a minimal education and perhaps with your help, the beautiful children in these devastated villages will have a chance to a better life. Some of you may ask why the Nepalese government does not help these children or the villages, but unlike some countries in the world, Nepal is a very poor country and there is no social backup what so ever, so once a disaster hits, the only way these poor people can survive is with kind people donating money or their time in helping them survive. So in conclusion, if you can help in any small way with a donation to help these children obtain a better future with a better education and better schools, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.