Nepalhilfe Beilngries e.V.

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Generous donation by LOWA Sports Shoe Company – October 2014

From left to right.: Ralf Petschl, Matthias Wanner, Ralf Dujmovits, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner und Michael Rebele handing over the cheque
From left to right.: Ralf Petschl, Matthias Wanner, Ralf Dujmovits, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner und Michael Rebele handing over the cheque

New school building in Nepal

75,000 Euro – this amazing amount stood in big figures on the cheque Matthias Wanner, marketing director in Germany of LOWA Sports Shoe Company, handed over to Ralf Petsch, president of NHB, during a fund-raiser of Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Ralf Dujmovits in Beilngries on 8th Oct 2014. This moment was one of the most remarkable of the nearly 140 events organised by NHB up to then. The reaction of the audience also showed their amazement.

How did it come to this extraordinarily generous donation and what is the huge amount meant for? In September 2013 during a visit in Nepal, members of NHB were asked for the funding of a new school building by some representatives of Sangachok, a small village in the district of Sindhupalchok. There was a school building which was in a very desperate condition. The peditioners were well-prepared and handed over a construction and financing plan, which lay at about 70,000 Euro. Ecological fundamental ideas were also part of this plan, like a big water and rain retention basin.

Ralf Dujmovits and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, who have been supporting NHB for many years, have intended to support another school project for some time. They used their good contact to Werner Riethmann, the managing director of LOWA Company. As the company celebrated their 90th anniversary last year, this seemed to be an adequate occasion to raise some donations.

After the old school in Sangachok had been torn down during the summer months, the construction of the new school building was started immediately. If everything goes according to the schedule, the weather is in our favour and the craftsmen are reliable workers, the two-story-building with twelve rooms will be finished by summer 2015.

In addition to the school building, furniture and teaching materials will also be bought from the sum of the cheque. One thing may not be forgotten – just like any other project of NHB 20% of the workload must be done by the members of the community themselves. That’s how we create a bound between the project and the beneficiaries.

The official inauguration will take place in autumn 2015. 200 boys and girls and their teachers will be looking forward to it as well as the benefactors and the members of NHB.