A Word From the Founder

Hi, I’m Sara.

At my first fresher’s fair I walked past a small poster on which I recall reading the word “Nepal”. After a few seconds I took a step back towards what turned out to be a life changing experience.

Cai Heath, a founding trustee of our partner charity Intervol, told me all about his plan to start Project Nepal at Imperial College. The project aimed to provide a charity in Nepal with a team of university students to fundraise over the academic year and volunteer at a Nepali school. A similar project had been running successfully at the University of Birmingham. Cai was looking to recruit students to start a society on time for the start of the academic year.

I signed up for the introductory session and soon saw myself organising various fundraising events. In the summer I travelled with 5 other team members to a school in the Lamjung district of Nepal. The trip was one of the most amazing adventures of my life. Some of the highlights included building classrooms under the hot Nepali sun, teaching English lessons, drinking yak milk in the mornings and “chyang” on eventful evenings, going on numerous hikes in the jungle and even teaching belly dance and performing with my students in front of the entire school!

On my return from Nepal I was keen to stay involved in the society and give rise to an even more successful project. I became its project leader and my fellow volunteers formed the rest of the committee. This led to an even more successful year, featuring our first project with Maya Universe Academy.

 

Sara Dethier

Founding member of Project Nepal

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