Mahendra Paudyal, now Under Secretary for the Ministry of Youth, has been a friend since Doreen arrived in Nepal in 2007 and his continuing support for Book Reach is untiring and indispensible.
From its inception, Book Reach has benefited from the personal support of Lava Aswathis, who was, at that time, the Under secretary of the Ministry of Education.
Narayan Krishna Shrestha gave Book Reach valuable time and advice while he was the Deputy Director of the Department of Education, Sanothimi, and thereafter when he moved to the Ministry.
In the District Education Office in Hetauda, Badri Batterai has replaced Birendra Jung Thapa as the District Education Officer. He has been kept informed regarding all the schools which have received books and library furniture. We hope that his personal intervention will assist in the process of releasing our annual consignments more quickly at the airport.
Badri Parthak, a friend from the DEO 10 years ago, is now in the Regional Education Office. He had a meeting with Doreen. His office is now in possession of all the details concerning the work undertaken by Book Reach. His assurance of support in the development of Library usage was gratefully received.
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With the appointment of Krishna Gopal Shrestha as the Country Project Director, communication and prompt response between the donor schools, the receiving schools and Doreen have been assured.
This year the head master of Adhunik school, Mr Rishi Ram Pokharel, has sadly retired. We had worked together since 2007 and in August 2013 Rish Sir was the first Headmaster in Hetauda to welcome Book Reach and the books we brought. We started providing library books for their Secondary library, we stored the whole consignment of books for the Hetauda area in their store room and we held our meetings in the school Meeting Room. Last year we supplied books for the Primary department and they now have a lovely new Primary library. They continue to be our Focal School and we are sure that the new headmaster, Mr Birbansh Baitha, will continue to graciously allow us the facilities that help so much with the work we do in the area.
Mr Dipesh Joshi, headmaster of Novodaya School, continues to be a friend and much-appreciated advisor.
Shanta Dixit, the Director of Kathmandu’s Rato Bangala School, kindly gave some of her time to understand the vision of Book Reach and offer her advice on the sustainability of the programme.
Raj Bhatta has supported Book Reach since its inception in 2013. He has stood as the consignee at the airport and has sorted out our many transport needs.
Yadu Bhatta took responsibility single-handedly to transport boxes and shelves to the schools we supported in the Gorkha region. It is with great sadness to know that these two schools were completely destroyed in the earthquake last year.