From its inception, Book Reach has benefited from the strong personal support of Mr Lava Aswathi, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Education. In spite of his busy schedule and a demanding new role within the Ministry, Mr Aswathi has always made time to listen and advise. Mr Narayan Krishna Shestha (Under Secretary of the Ministry of Education), has taken the progress of Book Reach under his wing. It is through his intervention that the charity will now be relieved of the custom dues at Kathmandu airport and will be given transport directly to Makwanpur.
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.
In the District Education Office in Hetauda, the DEO, Khadga Bahadur Kamal, was welcoming and showed keen interest in the project. The fact that Doreen had worked at this office for 2.5 years created an immediate bond of purpose. Birendra Jung Thapa has taken the place of Mr Khadga and has expressed a similar interest in our development of libraries in the town area of Hetauda.
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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.
The headmaster of Adhunik school, Mr Rishi Ram Upadhyay Pokharel, has continued to graciously allow Book Reach to use a store room in the school for our boxes on arrival. He has also been pleased for us to use his school facilities for meetings and workshops. We are very grateful for this base from which to work.
Mr Dipesh Joshi, headmaster of Navodaya school, remains an active friend and 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.