Helping Nepal

Alberni couple raises funds to rebuild school.

  • Jun. 25, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Students at a school hostel in Lubrak village in Mustang

Bernadette and Keith Wyton of Port Alberni are holding a slideshow and fundraiser to help rebuild a school in Nepal that was destroyed in the earthquake that hit the country in April, killing 8,800.

The Wytons visited the Himalayan country in February and March, spending three weeks in Kathmandu. They will show slides from their experiences this Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. at Abbeyfield House, 3839 Eighth Ave.

While in Nepal the Wytons visited a school hostel in Lubrak, in the Mustang region. The school houses about 100 students who come from remote villages around the region; it is unique in that there is a hostel attached to it, providing housing for the students.

“People in Nepal take education really, really seriously,” Wyton said.

Lubrak is small, containing only about 16 houses, but rebuilding the school is important to the village. “They think they can get things back with about $40,000. They’ll be using local labour,” Wyton said. The most difficult part will be bringing in material.

For more info, call 250-723-4643 or e-mail wyton@shaw.ca.

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