Bright Futures of Bardia Phase 3 - Unleashing Curiosity

By Andreas von Arx

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Shining light on a future of possibilities for the youth and communities of Western Nepal, through education

At the core of our project we are working to empower the students and the people of Bardia to develop a sustainable and flourishing community. Enhancing the structure and their OWN ability to be able to respond to the needs of the school and its students as well as the broader community, present and future is a primary objective to reaching this outcome.
Education is at the heart of such a future and English language education is a fundamental element for this heart to beat.

Access to education is something most of us take for granted, but for many of these children growing up in a remote rural village in Western Nepal, this is far from their reality. Only a quarter of Nepalese children actually finish high school!


Stimulating minds and unleashing curiosity through Science, Technology and Information.

Phase 3 Target AUD $48,000

PHOTO: Asmita wants to be a doctor and serve her community.

The kids of Bardia are HUNGRY for knowledge. When we arrived in April 2019 with over 200 books for the temporary library they literally jumped for joy. Like bees to a honey pot they went straight for the books about inventions, science and discovery. They have an insatiable desire to absorb knowledge. Over the past year we have spoken to many of the students about their dreams and desires for the future. Many of them want to be doctors, nurses, engineers, environmentalists and scientists so that they can bring invaluable skills into their community. Once we are able to provide access to Science and Technology, their worlds, the possibilities they hold, and the hope for the future within their community will expand exponentially. Of that we have no doubt.

Your donation to Phase 3 will be used for:

Construction of the Science and Technology Block

Phase 3 will see funds being raised for the building of the Science and Technology Block, which will provide one dedicated teaching space for Science, one for Computing/Technology as well as being home to the Library and an interactive Early Learning Centre. The building will be a 2-story structure, with the Science and Technology labs on the upper level, and the Library and Early learning Centre being situated on the lower level. The lower level spaces will also be used for community education for the broader population, in areas such as: education, health (including nutrition and hygiene) as well as entrepreneurship. We are working with STEM Education specialists in Australia to ensure the design of this space maximises the results for the students as well as the community impact and usage.

Our objective is to have the Science and Technology Block complete by the end of 2019.

That means raising funds by the end of August 2019.

You can join us by donating here

o First time visitors?
If this is your first time visiting us please scroll down to see the ‘why’ behind our passion to support this community.

o Followers?
If you know and love already what we are providing and would like to support our efforts through a donation to PHASE 3 of the Bright Futures of Bardia campaign please click here.

o Friends of Bardia?
For those of you who have already generously supported us to surpass our target and raise a combined Phases 1 and 2 total of
AUD $89,000.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to the continued journey together.

Photo: Children at Bardia Memorial School

Every single one of us belongs to one family and your decision to donate is not an obligation but rather an opportunity to provide education, support and promote growth within others.
Contribution is what fills our soul. Please stay with us on this journey of contribution to a community in need of our support.
Please read on to see how your donations to date have resulted in REAL and TANGIBLE IMPACT for the school already.

You can visit our website and our social media channels for more regular updates.




Images show the progress of Phase 1 and 2 - Sanitation facilities and Classroom Block and demolition of old classroom block for the Science and Technology Block.

Work is underway right now on site as you read this.
We pride ourselves in our transparency and accountability, continually updating our donors on where the money has been used, and personally monitoring the progress with regular onsite visits.

Table1: Your generous donations for Phases 1 and 2 HAVE ALREADY FUNDED:

e purchase of land for the school expansion
Giving us the space to build much needed additional classrooms.

The building of two new classrooms
We have paid for the materials for this – the school has funded the labour component. Additional classrooms will provide space required to accommodate students to stay at school until the end of Year 12.

Civil Works – excavation and foundations for 10 classrooms
The excavation and foundations are complete for the building on the new land that will allow for the construction of 10 additional classrooms.


The building of appropriate sanitation facilities
Construction of the sanitation facilities is very close to completion. With funds from the Phase 1 campaign we have built sanitation facilities including 3 boys toilets and urinal as well as 5 girls toilets, including a dedicated feminine hygiene room, running water to the toilet block, and water tanks for rainwater collection.
This supports girls to stay at school with dignity.

Construction of five new classrooms
(as part of the 10 room block)
These five classrooms are the ground floor classrooms of the new block that will house 10 additional classrooms, once complete. Construction is close to completion for the lower 5.
Allowing students to study in an environment that is conducive to learning.


Civil works and foundations for new Science and Technology Block
Civil works and foundations for a dedicated 4 room block that will provide facilities for more technical and skill specific education for the students (library, science laboratory, early learning centre and computer laboratory) as well as creating facilities for training opportunities in health, human rights and entrepreneurship for the broader local community. Demolition of the old bamboo classrooms on the site is complete and excavation has begun for the foundations.

You can see regular updates on our social media platforms.

Why this project and Bardia Memorial School?

Gratitude is a powerful force when it comes to creating magic. Often we receive something that we appreciate beyond words and can never repay, but sometimes that opportunity presents itself in a very different form many years later, and that is the story of Jacqui Holth, the woman behind this campaign.

Photo: Torstein sick in 1996. Photo: Jacqui, Bikram (Principal) and father.

In 1996 Jacqui Holth - founder of Bright Futures of Bardia, and her then boyfriend, now husband, Torstein, travelled to Nepal, and whilst in far Western Nepal in Bardia National Park he nearly lost his life. If not for the local villagers he would not have made it to Kathmandu for the life saving surgery. One family and one boy were critical to getting help and assistance. This young boy grew up and started a school for the local children in his living room – he is now the Principal of the Bardia Memorial School.

(See Jacqui's story of how the local villagers helped to save her husbands life in 1996 on our website).

Jacqui’s pledge is to honour the community that helped saved her husband’s life and in doing so, contribute to the development of facilities at Bardia Memorial School.
Offering educational opportunities to this community not only creates a brighter future, it reduces the risk of these children being lured away from their families and trafficked across the border into India.

Children in Western Nepal are being trafficked from Nepal into India in higher numbers than ever before. Trafficking of Nepalese girls has increased five fold since 2013. Girls are not the only target; both girls and boys are being trafficked for different and disturbing reasons.

"Can you imagine a world where children are at risk of being sold or lured away from their families, never to be seen again?"

Help the children and families of Western Nepal

Access to education is something most of us take for granted, but for many of these children growing up in a remote rural village in Western Nepal, this is far from their reality. Only a quarter of Nepalese children finish high school.

Photo: Children at Bardia Memorial School

Bright Futures of Bardia

Our Mission

© To educate and empower individuals and their communities.

© To create independence, sustainability and better health of rural communities in a way that provides generational impact.

© Contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Our programme focuses on Quality Education, No Poverty and Reducing Inequality.

Our Vision

We've made a commitment to the hundreds of children at the Bardia Memorial school that we will help their community continue to expand their school to guarantee a quality English language education for them today and into the future.

Providing a quality education in Bardia is the foundation to improving lives within and beyond their community for generations. A fundamental strategy to prevent child trafficking is to keep children in schools, protecting their right to education and a safe environment.

Photo: Children at Bardia Memorial School

Our goal for this project is to raise a total of AUD $165,000 or USD$120,000 (estimates), over 4 phases.

Please, Donate Now

And here are some amazing perks for supporting us

The names of all donors will be listed on the Bardia Memorial School Website

Your name will be immortalised on a plaque inside one of the five new classrooms and you will receive a personal invitation to the official opening of the new school development.

Give $5,000 or more and your name will be immortalised on a plaque in the Library or Science and Technology Block.

For Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum donors, if you’d like to dedicate your donation to a loved one who shares your commitment to leaving a legacy for future generations, his or her name will appear on the Honour Board.

Our Team

Our core team is made up of Jacqui Holth, Steve James and Jayne Hannam, Karen Pethard, and Denise Healey.

Jayne and Steve met Jacqui (and Karen) in Nepal during that fateful trip and together they have worked on several projects over the years. Jayne and Steve have had a long association with helping Nepalese communities and schools and helped fund orphaned children from preschool to graduation. Denise is passionate about human rights and channelling investment into projects that deliver social progress and empower communities. Karen believes in the power of kindness and the generosity of the human spirit to bring about positive change.

During Phases 1 and 2 we have had some phenomenal people join our team to help raise these funds and without their support we would not have been able to achieve what we have. What we can do together is incredibly powerful.

A special thank you to
Julie Stuckmann, Helena Van der Pluijm and Majella Brennan who have dedicated time and energy to our fundrasing efforts in Australia; The Laing family heading up the fundraising in the UK, Robyn Smart for your generosity in building our website, to Team Nepal - the amazing teenagers and their ongoing commitment to raising funds and joining us to visit the school in April 2019, to the anonymous donors, and to everyone else who has hosted, donated prizes, time and/or money.

We value your contribution more than you know.

Giving is the greatest gift.

We are always looking for other fabulous people to join us in our mission, for prize donors to support us, for the broader community to host events, and for everyone to support attendance.

If you would like to join us please reach out as we would love to share this journey with you.

Please remember every dollar counts, every event counts, every prize counts, and every moment of support counts.

Please see our website for further information -

Contributing to something far greater than ourselves sends a powerful message to the Universe.

Thank you and Namaste



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