- Group:Slough Girl Guides
- Age:12 – 17 years old
- Group Size:14 Girl Guides 7 Chaperones
- Project:Care and Community
- Destination:Kathmandu, Nepal
The Girl Guides first set sights on Nepal after sponsoring three Nepali children through education in 2007, ever since they have wanted to visit and get involved with some hands on volunteer work. This was the first time the Slough Girl Guides have embarked on such a trip.
What did they do?
The main objective of the Group’s trip was to renovate and re decorate Shree Moti Binayak School. The school is home to 70 children aged 4 - 13 years, despite having a good teaching structure the School lacks a friendly and productive working environment. The group spent two weeks strapped to their paintbrushes and produced great results, with a mixture of educational murals and bright colours the group succeeded in bringing Shree Moti Binayak back to life.
The group also spent time caring for the children of J and K house and Friendship and Happy House. The children here are some of the most vulnerable in Nepal. The group spent time playing games, helping the children with their homework and generally giving care and attention that local staff are too overstretched to provide.
The group finally had the chance to meet the children they had been sponsoring, and had the opportunity to see the life changing impact of their support.
On the weekend the group ventured west to Chitwan National Park – The first national park in Nepal. Formerly called the Royal Chitwan National Park it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. The group enjoyed elephant safaris, elephant bathing and a boat trip along the river, as well as time for much needed rest and relaxation.
Thoughts from the group
"When I had the crazy idea to take my Guides to Nepal to carry out some voluntary work most people thought that I had finally lost it! However, I felt very strongly that it was the right thing to do and the right place to go. As a group we had been sponsoring the education of 3 Nepali children for a few years. I quickly realised that I needed help and found Projects Abroad via the internet. When Scott visited the group one Friday night, we knew that we had found the right company and that we would be going.
"The girls and the leaders have learnt so much from this experience and each and every one of us has grown up so much. Nepal is an amazing country with beautiful landscapes, wildlife and absolutely lovely people."
"One word – WOW!!"
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