Posted: 14th July 2016

One year after a deadly earthquake hit Nepal, rebuilding work funded by the Freemasons of England and Wales and organised by Plan UK has commenced at a school that was completely destroyed by the disaster.

In April, Dr Richard Dunstan, a Freemason and former Trustee of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, travelled to Nepal to visit the site of the school and meet local children who will attend the school when it is complete.

The first 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which struck on the 25th April 2015, killed over 8,000 people and affected eight million people. Children were among those worst affected, with the earthquake devastation leaving over one million without access to school. The Plan project aims to rebuild Bhumisthan Lower Secondary School in Sindhupalchowk District.

The reconstruction of the school, which will be rebuilt to provide greater safety in future disasters, will benefit 320 students now, and thousands more in the years to come.

Of his visit to the project, Richard says: “It was the most rewarding and valuable day. The enthusiasm of the teachers, parents and children was touching and the principal was enthusiastic and professional.”

Speaking about the donation, Tamara Nelson, Philanthropic Partnerships Team Manager said:  “We greatly appreciate the long-term and generous support that we have received from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. With your incredible help, we will be able to rebuild an entire school in Nepal that was destroyed following the devastating earthquake that hit the country last year. This will enable over 300 children and hundreds more for years to come to receive an education in a safe, stable and protective environment. On behalf of the children we work with, thank you so much for your support.”