Highworth residents Rosa and Ian Matheson, who started a charity to help a former sherpa care for a houseful of children in 2009, have returned from their fourth visit to Kathmandu more determined than ever to find new ways to raise money to sustain the positive difference that has been made to the children’s lives.
In the last two years they have found and furnished a new house in the country’s capital for Angel, his wife and their adopted children and helped them attend school.
But the uncertainty of international money markets and global food prices is making it harder to make progress said Rosa. “The price of rice has tripled and the rate of exchange has plummeted – so it’s getting harder to make our funds go further. We have a growing network of friends in Nepal, and get a lot of help through Swindon Rotary Club.
“During our trip, a couple we met donated money to buy brand new quilts and towels for the children. The way they received their new things was so touching; without demanding or pushing and shoving, each child waited for their name to be called so they could choose the quilt they liked.”
Toothill Primary School has become closely involved in the orphanage appeal and headteacher Martyn Cowell ran the Swindon Half Marathon in 2009 to raise money for the children. Staff and pupils are now beginning to exchange cultural ideas, work and teaching techniques with Mount Makalu school in Lalitpur, where Angel’s children go to learn.
Rosa said, “we brought back photos and letters for the Toothill children from our trip. The Nepalese are so hungry to improve and do the best they can with limited resources. It makes us realise just how spoilt we are.”
To help Angel’s, contact Rosa via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured, top, the children holding a copy of Swindon Link magazine. Below, Rosa showing children the work sent by Toothill Primary School