We are super excited to announce....
In April 2020, we will be hosting a team of Australian builders and tradies, who are dedicating a week of their time to volunteer in the renovation of the old classrooms in our school.
Photo: Luke Conners (left) the builder heading up the volunteer trip to renovate classrooms in April 2020
The success of our last campaign saw funds raised for our UNLEASHING CURIOSITY campaign to build our Science and Technology Block. This took our total raised to an amazing $137,000.
Once we open the Science and Technology block, students worlds and the possibilities and the hope for the future that they hold within their community will expand exponentially.
THAT IS PHENOMENAL. THANK YOU!
Photo: 5 new classrooms (yellow) and foundations for Science & Technology Block - funded in Phases 1, 2 & 3
As the building of our Science and Technology Block, which includes spaces for a Science Lab, IT Lab, Library and interactive Early Learning Centre, is underway, we are going to focus our attention elsewhere.
We are going to renovate 10 of the old classrooms in the school to create environments conducive to both teaching and learning.
The volunteer team from Down Under will be focusing on the renovation works, and will be working alongside local builders to transfer their skills to enhance the capabilities of the local community.
The team is coming in APRIL and we need to raise the fund for the materials they need whilst they are there.
To make this happen we need to bring our total raised up to $150,000.
You too can help by donating here
Photo: Two of the classrooms up for renovation
With these funds we can then render the 10 rooms......paint the 10 rooms...... decorate the 10 rooms......bring all the electrical works up to safety standards......install a hand rail on the stairs, and build some furniture for the teachers.
ALL of the material for this phase will be purchased in the local village, which we are very proud of.
Your donation to Phase 4 will be used for: Renovation of 10 existing classrooms
Photo: Classroom before renovation
Photos: Classrooms after renovation November 2019 volunteer visit
There are some other projects going on that are a part of the Bright Futures of Bardia global efforts. You may see these come across your path in the coming months. Some awesome people have chosen to take on ownerhsip of some smaller projects within the overall project and will be concentrating on following these through to realisation. Some of these smaller projects are still looking for someone just like you to take them on. We need expertise and energy - and we know you are out there - so if you would like to be a part of what we are doing, without doubt we have something for you and your family, friends or colleagues to get your teeth into.
Some of these smaller projects include:
* Equipment for the new community birthing centre
* Provision of equipment for the new science lab
* Desks and chairs for the soon to be renovated classrooms
* New white boards
* Decoration and equipping of the new Early Learning Centre
* Shelving and provision of books for the new library
Photos: Left - books ready for the library, Right - Health Post in need
Renovation of the classrooms is taking place in April 2020
That means we need the funds by the end of March 2020.
Please help 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.
If you know and love already what we are providing and would like to support our efforts through a donation to PHASE 4 of the Bright Futures of Bardia campaign please click here.
o Friends of Bardia?
For those of you who have already generously supported our Phases 1, 2 and 3 alowing us surpass our target and raise a staggering
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 www.brightfuturesofbardia.life and our social media channels for more regular updates.
YOUR DONATED DOLLARS ARE ALREADY MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Work is underway right now as you read this.
Photos show the progress of works: Old toilet block, foundations for 5 classrooms, new 5 classrooms outside and inside. The bamboo classroom in top left photo has been demolished to make way for the new Science and Technology Block.
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, self-funded, onsite visits.
Photo: Jacqui Holth (founder) onsite with local builder
Your generous donations to Phases 1, 2 and 3 have alrady funded
✔The 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 and the completion of the lower 5 classrooms
The excavation and foundations are complete for the building on the new land that will allow for the construction of 10 additional classrooms. Completion of the lower five classrooms which are already in use by students.
✔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 the new Science and Technology Block
Civil works and foundations are complete and construction is underway 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 IT laboratory) as well as creating facilities for training opportunities in health, human rights and entrepreneurship for the broader local community.
You can see regular updates on our social media platforms.
Photo: Chandani, Year 10, wants to be a nurse and help build a health post in her community.
Please help kids like Chandani realise their dreams by donating here
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
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.
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 $185,000 (estimate), over 5 phases.
Please, Donate Now
And here are some amazing perks for supporting us
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 core team is made up of Jacqui Holth, Steve James, Jayne Hannam, Karen Pethard, Denise Healey, Anjo Kwarnernaak, and Jenny Chen.
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. Anjo and Jenny volunteered at the school and community health post in November 2019 and they decided to join our efforts, Jenny in the health sector and Anjo with her vision and creativity for the school.
During our earlier phases 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, Majella Brennan, Rod and Helen Hill, and Monique Kowalczyk who have shown incredible generosity in dedicating time, energy and support 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, the team of 10 phenomenal women and one brave man who volunteered at the school in November 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 - www.brightfuturesofbardia.life
Contributing to something far greater than ourselves sends a powerful message to the Universe.
Thank you and Namaste