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23 January 2017

SPREADING SMILES IN RUDRAYANEE (Read in Thai)


Ecstatic students of Shree Rudrayanee Secondary School in Khokana gathered for the handover of a school building constructed with the financial support of E4E (Executives For Extraordinary) in November, 2016. The project was facilitated through World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) in collaboration with World Vision International Nepal (WVIN) and CWIN (Child Workers In Nepal). The building was severely damaged by last year’s earthquake with cracks appearing through its length and breadth, compelling many classes to relocate to temporary learning centres.

The new concrete building, a 1 storey structure consisting of 2 classrooms, took a little over a year to be constructed. Some 2 days prior to the handover, 26 volunteers from E4E joined hands to paint the structure, which now looks bright and vibrant. The walls are also adorned with educational artwork. “I like these classrooms much better now that they look welcoming. Earlier, I used to get scared looking at the cracks,” said Samita, a student at the school. The classrooms will host classes for many students following its inauguration, according to the school teachers.

On the handover day, as the students cheered on, the school teachers and School Management Committee members received the volunteers with bouquets and garlands. Mr Baburam Thapa, the school principal welcomed the esteemed guests. Afterwards, Mr Simon Tam who is the E4E group leader encouraged the students to smile and be hopeful for a bright future. Mr Tam wished for the children to maximise their opportunity by staying happy and finishing school through this project. The chief guest, Mr Dil Nath Puri, the District Educational Officer (DEO) of Lalitpur offered letters of appreciations to WVIN and E4E group. He also extended sincere thanks to the E4E volunteers for the support.

Started 15 years ago, E4E is a group of business executives who hail from different countries around the world such as Canada, France and Singapore, among others. They are inspired to provide social service to educational institutions in developing countries to equip them to provide better education. The group has been continuously collaborating with World Vision Foundation of Thailand for 10 years to provide support to schools in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Philippines.

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