I became interested in charity work, and helped found the West Surrey Local Support Group for WaterAid. I also started sponsoring a young Nepalese boy through the charity ‘CHANCE for Nepal’ and two years later decided to visit him at Triple Gem School in Kathmandu where he was being educated.
During this trip in October 2009 I was invited to an orphanage called Wasta Care Centre situated in a poor area of the city. I was introduced to Ramesh Khadka (19), the second oldest of five orphans being looked after there. He desperately wanted to be a doctor, but had no money to go to Medical College. His sad story of an unhappy childhood touched my heart to a degree that I undertook to sponsor him - and now, nearly five years later, he will soon be entering his last year at Lumbini Medical College.
Ramesh’s fellow orphans all had similar tales to tell of a deprived childhood, and so I gradually began to offer similar support to each of them.
My support has now extended to five other young people as well as the orphans, and the profiles of the people involved in my story, ”Discovered in Kathmandu”, will I hope make you understand why this has been such a rewarding and important project for me.
What exactly is my project? I see it as enabling these young people to achieve independence, a good job and freedom from poverty through education and qualification towards their chosen career. So it is a short term project, but one which for the next five or six years will need continued commitment and financial support.