GWT Team takes on Trailwalker 2022
This year The GWT Platinum Jubilee Team will be tackling the Trailwalker, a gruelling 100km trek across the South Downs.
The team of four – Piers Lawson, Dillikumar Rai, Ed Flanagan and Heather Hitchins – aim to complete the course in under 24 hours. This will require some fast-paced walking with stops of only ten minutes at each checkpoint to rest and refuel. Support crew John and Carolyn Derryman with their trusty Land Rover will be in charge of logistics, primed to be ready to provide cups of tea, hot food and change of clothes (and probably blister plasters and painkillers!)
The team aims to raise an incredible £12,000 to fund the refurbishment of two schools in Nepal. They are already well on the way towards their target, and between them have already clocked up over 300 miles on training walks. Find out more about the team and check on their progress here.
Are you up for the challenge?
There are some places left for teams for Trailwalker 2022 – if you are a keen walker or runner this will be an experience you will never forget! Sign up here.
Providing a safe environment for children to study
We have identified two schools desperately in need of refurbishment. Classroom buildings with cracked walls, leaky roofs and no proper windows make it unsafe for children to study there.
Shree Siddheshwor Basic School provides primary level education to a poor and marginalised community in Gandaki Province. The school has six classrooms in a building which suffered severe damage during the earthquake of 2015. Since then, there has been no funding available to make repairs. The stone walls are crumbling and dangerous, the roofs in poor repair with rotting timbers and constantly leak when it rains. After a recce of the site a GWT staff reported back:
“The school is in a pretty dire state… The roofs are not fixed properly and one can only imagine what it is like during the monsoon. The staff are energetic and positive and wear their hearts on their sleeves. It would be a godsend if GWT could help them ensure the children get a safe environment to continue with their studies”
The GWT will construct a new four-classroom building at the school, ensuring students will be able to access quality education and study in a safe environment.
Earthquake damage left classrooms unusable
Shree Maidan Secondary School in the village of Bangephadke has 116 students and provides classes from primary up to secondary level. The school has been doing a great job providing quality education but has only been able to do this on a small scale. With the proper infrastructure, the school has the potential to provide an education for many more children. There are currently 13 classrooms, but one building damaged during the 2015 earthquake is now too dangerous to use.
The project will include the construction of eight new classrooms and a hostel. The hostel facility will provide accommodation for children who live too far away to travel to and from school each day, particularly during the monsoon season. It is also needed for students to stay during exams.