FIRE cadets from Cheshire are planning a trip of a lifetime to help villagers build a safe school for children in Nepal.
Working with the charity Classrooms in the Clouds (CitC), a team of 20 young people and 10 team leaders will depart in November 2015 and later walk over the Himalayas to the village of Thulodhunga to help with the project.
Many children in the Basa region work or take care of younger siblings or elderly relatives, so generally have no education.
The CitC’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable education to all the children of Nepal.
A plot of land above the village has been secured and villagers have started building the school ready for the arrival of the Cheshire group next year. The group will need to trek for a day and a half in order to get to the village, which is in sight of Everest, carrying all the equipment needed for the project.
Nick Evans, youth engagement manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, visited Nepal last year to gain first hand experience of conditions in the remote rural areas. He will also be accompanying the group on the trip.
He said: “There is a school in the village but it is in very poor condition and is on the main trekking route through the area which causes a big problem with regard to the safety of the children.
“The aim of the trip, apart from building a school for the village, is to give each cadet a challenge as part of their personal development.
“The trip will raise awareness of cultural diversity and enhance their knowledge about Third World poverty. They will also get to compare their lifestyle with that of a young person from a Third World country.
“The cadets need to raise £3,250 each for the trip. This will pay for flights and accommodation and materials, such as paint and equipment for the school, so they need to think about ways of raising the money themselves.”
The cadets will be accompanied throughout the two-week trip by the 10 leaders, which includes youth engagement staff from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, who also have to raise money for flights and accommodation.
Anyone who would like to find out more about the trip or to donate to the cadets going to Nepal, should visit the youth engagement pages on the website www.cheshirefire.gov.uk.
Alternatively, they can phone 01606 868700 and speak to cadet manager Vicki Wrest.
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