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The success of the Cheshire Fire Cadets' trip to Nepal can be measured in so many different ways both for the Cadets individually and personally and for the community of the village of Thulodhunga and the new school they fundraised to build.  But the words of Dilkumar Rai a village elder expresses the feelings of the community in his Tribute letter:  "People of Thulodhunga village of Basa VDC Solukhumbu Nepal are now speechless to express their extreme happiness regarding this incomparable financial and physical contribution with full of sympathetic devotions upon their eternal prosperity."

To read the full Tribute Letter please click on the image above.

 

Opening of Shree Chandrodaya Primary School

In the remote rural village of Thulodhunga, the latest 8 classroom CitC building project has been completed. The new classrooms replace a hopelessly inadequate 2 storey school built over 30 years ago

on land donated by one of the village Elders. During the 2nd of the earthquakes the children were in the old classrooms and had to flee just before the upper floor of the school collapsed. The new school was under construction at that point and was damaged but has been rebuilt incorporating improved

earthquake resistance measures supported by a generous grant from the British Foreign School Society (BFSS).

Supporting the building work during one of the most challenging years in Nepal's recent history involved a huge effort from the small village community. Their tireless efforts ensured that the school opened on schedule at the

end of October and children attended their first day in their new classrooms on 1 November.

The school has been built through a wonderful partnership with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Cadets. Over the last 2 years the Fire Cadets have raised money for the construction of the classrooms and the culmination of their efforts was to travel to the remote village of Thulodhunga for the Opening Ceremony of the new school. They were welcomed with an overwhelming programme of music, garlands and hospitality and treated to a cultural programme which included once in a lifetime opportunities to see and experience life in a remote rural village including ploughing with water buffalo and oxen and visiting the local homes, These wonderful insights into the simple lives of the subsistence farmer and a close knit rural community will stay with the inspirational young Fire Cadets for many years to come,

To put into perspective the efforts of the Fire Cadets and the local community; this is one of very few, if not the first, schools to be opened since the earthquakes – an amazing achievement. The Fire Cadets are wonderful ambassadors for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A special mention must go to the British Foreign School Society and its Director Imogen Wilde who not only provided earthquake resistance measures at a point where the earthquake had risked halting building work, but BFSS have also committed to supporting the provision of gender specific toilets, hygiene facilities and clean water.