The first consignment of nine boxes weighing 252 kg arrived in Kathmandu on 19th August. All these books had been donated by the Primary department of Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. As a large space was not needed, a storage place was kindly provided by Raj Bhatta at Trekkers Home in Thamel. From there, Doreen personally delivered the boxes to the Ghorka region and Hetauda. Four boxes were officially handed over by Mahendra Paudyal, the then regional education deputy director, to the head-teacher of Adhunik Secondary school, Rishi Ram Pokhrel.
MARCH – MAY 2014
The second delivery of boxes consisted of two separate consignments:
- 23 boxes weighing 524 kg from Tanglin School and St Joseph’s International school in Singapore arrived promptly on 29th March. Unfortunately some of the large boxes had split – an early lesson in packing! But the books survived the spill and were transported in large bags to the Department of Education building, where Doreen had been offered a room by the Director General in which to do the sorting.
- The consignment from Malaysia was delayed, but with a wonderful and prompt rescue from Chandra Sapkota of Fair Flight Traders & Cargo in Thamel, the 38 boxes (547 kg) found a space on a Malaysia Airlines flight and arrived on 2nd May.
Twelve schools received books from this second delivery: three in the Kathmandu area, two in a remote region of Ghorka, six in Hetauda, and one in a school in the far west. All of these schools were personally chosen as schools in which the head-teachers are committed to pursuing a programme of literacy development through books.
English teachers were already in place to take responsibility for the distribution of the books, either in classrooms or allocated libraries. All the schools are challenged by a lack of library furniture, but Doreen is planning to use expanding donations to meet these needs, along with future books.
MARCH – MAY 2016
It has been decided to focus the provision of books onto schools in the Makwanpur district. The present cluster of schools are in or near the town of Hetauda. This facilitates the delivery, workshop attendance and activities between the schools. The two schools in the Gorkha region, previously supported, have been destroyed by the earthquake and unfortunately Book Reach do not the funds to contribute to their re-building.