10 Jun 2015

Helping to fund healthcare and rebuild schools in Nepal


Recently we told you how Global Action Nepal raised more than £30k for Nepal with BT MyDonate.

This time we’re taking a look at what other activities fundraisers and charities are doing to support Nepal.

In July, Olivia Falconer and her boyfriend Dan are setting out on a cycle ride.

But this isn’t your typical Sunday morning spin, they’re navigating 1000 miles across Europe’s largest mountain range, pedalling through four countries, all while carrying essential items like sleeping bags, a tent and the all-important coffee pot.

The cycling duo are on their way to Venice from London to raise £5,000 to improve healthcare in Nepal for charity Rural Assistance Nepal.

A day’s walk

Rural Assistance Nepal started in 2008 to help advance education and to assist in the provision of healthcare in the rural areas of Nepal.

Olivia explains: “We want to fund a year of studies for a student doctor. Nepal has one tenth as many doctors per person as the UK. This means for most people it's a day's walk to just see a doctor. The earthquakes in Nepal demonstrate how important it is for Nepal to develop its own strong health system, so it doesn't have to rely on foreign aid.”

Simple and reliable

When it came to choosing a fundraising platform, Olivia and Dan decided on MyDonate.

Olivia says: “MyDonate has really helped us tell people our story, and provided a simple and reliable way for people to sponsor us.”

Support Olivia and Dan’s London to Venice bike ride at MyDonate

Rebuilding schools

Since 2004, Aid For Nepali Children has built three schools in the remote Dolakha district of Northeast Nepal. The recent earthquakes have caused extensive damage, and the schools are all in need of repairs.

Charity co-funder and trustee Dave Allen explains why they are using MyDonate to raise funds: “Funds are essential to get the schools safely back into operation and by using MyDonate, we can be sure 100 per cent of all money will go directly toward improving the prospects for disadvantaged Nepali children through better education.”

The heart wrenching images of the damage caused by the earthquakes will inspire many people to help. In response the BT MyDonate team have built a dedicated site for this major public appeal.

You can also donate for earthquake relief at Rural Assistance Nepal and Aid For Nepali Children using MyDonate.

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