22nd Feb 2018
Fundraised to date$0 $10000
Our first Active Hearts Foundation project, the Sadtobate library in Nuwakot district about 8 hours north of Kathmandu, was opened on 8 November 2015. The opening was almost six months late due to the devastating April 25th earthquake which flattened much of this area, one of the hardest hit by the earthquake. This is a magical place beneath the beautiful Langtang Range which towers over 7,000m (23,000ft)! Active Hearts provided all materials, building labour costs and about 3000 books. The cost for this project was about NZD$10,000.
The opening ceremony had originally been set for May 1st but the earthquake struck six days earlier. Our efforts moved to more immediate survival issues and the library was put on hold. Read more on our Earthquake efforts. Finally, six months later after monsoon, we returned to open the freshly renovated library. A small group of Active Hearts volunteers, who had just finished a charity trek through the lower Solu Khumbu region, came to see how our village families were faring after the earthquakes.
Read more on the Gudel Charity Trek
Many of our fellow Nepali guides and porters' children attend this school. Gogane, the village that features in many of our efforts, is one of about 10 small village communities that send their children to the 40 year old previously libraryless Sadtobaje school. The student role is approximately 900 catering for 5-17 year olds. There are now also two university classes in humanities and business. The library provides a huge range of books from reference to curriculum to novels. It includes children’s books in English, along with puzzles and games. A big thank you to Queenstown Salvation Army and Sandspit Road School in NZ for their massive donations of books!
The day couldn’t have been better with the entire village, complete with band, waiting to escort us through town to the Sadtobaje Higher Secondary school for the ceremony. What a ceremony it was! Six hours of music, dancing and speeches. Ten members from the Active Hearts charity were present and very spoilt by the local children, teachers and villagers. We had representatives from New Zealand, Alaska, Nepal and Australia. The library looked amazing and has already been put to good use by the excited students. After some massively major set backs we are so proud of our team in Nepal and so thankful to all the donors who have made this possible. Amazing work everyone!