A craft market, a pop-up Nepalese restaurant, a fun dog show and a music festival with gin and beer tasting are planned this summer to help with life-changing work.
Local charity founder Maxine Brown is taking a group of volunteers to poverty-stricken Nepal to continue vital work that has been postponed due to the Covid crisis.
Maxine started Helping Hands for Nepal after volunteering with the charity Real Himalaya in 2015 to rebuild a remote school destroyed by an earthquake.
While in Nepal, Maxine came across locally produced cashmere scarves, which she brought back to the UK to sell and raise money for a Nepalese school. It went so well that she ordered more and started an online business, AmaDablam, selling affordable cashmere and other Nepalese accessories, with profits going back to school and supporting other Real Himalaya projects. .
Maxine said: “This year the group Helping Hands for Nepal, made up of 20 students and ladies from Yorkshire, will travel to Nepal in August. Once there, they will join Real Himalaya to provide services to rural schools in the foothills. Their involvement in the project will include teaching English, painting and renovating classrooms, and running a health camp for students and women, including counseling on women’s health and the distribution of hygiene kits.
Nepal is one of the least developed countries in the world and in 2015 it was hit by two major earthquakes. At the time, Kathmandu-based tour operator Real Himalaya worked hard with the help of international volunteers to rebuild destroyed schools and homes. Today, they continue to work with remote communities to improve access to education through improved school buildings and the provision of technology.
Maxine said: “Volunteering abroad for charities and nonprofits has been hit hard by the pandemic. Some charities have been able to restructure their operations to provide virtual support to communities in need. Now that international travel is possible again, groups and individuals wishing to make a significant impact through volunteering are seeking opportunities and booking their flights.”
As part of the fundraiser, Maxine met Jo Barnes, owner of The Mile Farm Shop in Pocklington, who organized a fundraising event at the start of the pandemic.
A craft market was held with 20 small businesses across Yorkshire and raised over £1,500. The market will repeat on June 11 this year, with more than 30 artisan stalls and fun family activities – and the hope is to raise many more, Maxine said.
Other fundraising events planned ahead of the Nepal trip include a pop-up Nepalese restaurant at the College Arms in Linton-on-Ouse on July 2, a fun dog show in Tollerton on July 16 and a music festival with gin and beer. tasting at the Mile Farm Shop on July 23.
If you would like to support their fundraising efforts, contact them through the Help Nepal Schools page on Facebook, or donate through their Go Fund Me page: https://gofund.me/8dc56018