A partnership between Breadalbane Academy pupils and a locally based charity will help people whose homes were devastated by an earthquake.
S1 pupils from the Aberfeldy school had nominated Kenmore based charity, Bring Back The Smile To Nepal, as one of the charities they wished to support as part of their Integrated Tasks learning programme.
“It has been a really, mutually beneficial relationship between the school and the charity,” said Mark Bridgeman, one of the charity trustees.
“The pupils have organised various fundraising activities on our behalf. In return, Anna Gurung – the founder of the organisation – has visited the school and shared her experiences about Nepal. The children were really engaged and found Anna’s presentation, about her recent visit to the country, fascinating.”
A recent weekend of activities, called the Aberfeldy Scarecrow Festival, was entirely organised by the S1 pupils, who handed over £314 as a result to Anna Gurung.
Bring Back The Smile To Nepal was one of four charities nominated by the school, who each received a share of more than the £1200 raised from the children’s efforts.
The charity is currently working in Nepal on an ambitious project to rebuild the entire village of Archanbas.
“We have almost completed 11 houses in the village – but we want to finish the entire village, before the weather changes,” said Anna, who recently abseiled from the Forth Road Bridge to raise funds towards the project. To learn more about the venture visit www.bringbackthesmiletonepal.org or log onto their page on facebook or twitter.