The site for the first Trotters school is Hille Taksar, Western Nepal. The foundation stones were laid during a trek that took place in April 2011. Trotters donated a seed fund to launch the project and further fund raising took place (including our wonderful 21st Birthday party at Duke of York Square!), in the end raising a whopping £16,132.89, well over the £10,000 target!

The funds raised enabled CAIRN to demolish the existing, derelict school building, which was in daily use, and replace it with four newly equipped class rooms and a fully functional library.

During monsoon season the rain swept off the mountains and flooded the school. The village’s children were desperate to gain an education and despite the harsh conditions they still continued to attend school. This local hunger for knowledge was a real incentive for raising money for the school. The rebuild and supply of just this one school will improve the educational opportunities for over 250 children!

This what the school looks like today!

Now that the school is built, Trotters will produce another limited edition friend for Kipu, called Mahi, This will form part of the fundraising efforts for the next Trotters school in Nepal.

For the full story of the opening of the school, please read Natasha & Victoria’s fantastic blog.

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