Fire Cadets from Cheshire are planning a trip of a lifetime to help villagers build a much needed, safe school for children in Nepal.
Working with the charity Classrooms in the Clouds (CitC), a team of 20 young people and 10 team leaders will set off in November 2015 and embark on a journey on foot through the Himalayas, to get to the village of Thulodhunga in Nepal to help with the school project.
Many children in the Basa region work or take care of younger siblings or elderly relatives, so generally have no education. The CitC’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable education to all the children of Nepal.
A plot of land above the village has been secured and villagers have started building the school ready for the arrival of the Cheshire group next year. The group will need to trek for a day and a half in order to get to the village, which is in sight of Everest, carrying all the equipment needed for the project.
The aim of the trip, apart from building a school for the village, is to give each cadet a challenge as part of their personal development. The trip will raise awareness of cultural diversity and enhance their knowledge about Third World poverty. They will also get to compare their lifestyle with that of a young person from a Third World country
The Cadets need to raise £3,250 each for the trip. This will pay for flights and accommodation and materials such as paint and equipment for the school.
The cadets will be accompanied throughout the two week trip by 10 leaders which include Youth Engagement staff from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service who also have to raise money for flights and accommodation.
The cadets need to raise a total of £60,000. They have already raised £20,000 with more fundraising events planned but you can also help them reach their goal by making a donation, no matter how small, at their 'my donate' page:
Cheshire Fire Cadets 'my donate' page (opens in new window)
Classroom in the Clouds
Classroom in the Clouds, a UK registered charity, is committed to supporting Nepali children and teachers. With passionate supporters from all over the world, the charity helps renovate and rebuild existing schools - as well as training new teachers and providing school materials.
More information about the Nepal school projectFind out information about the Cheshire Fire cadets and leaders who will be building a school in Nepal