Fund Raiser For Bamboo Schools In Nepal
More than $8000 has been raised for bamboo schools in Nepal at a cultural night held in Waimate on Saturday.About 300 people attended the event, including Waimate mayor John Coles, Nepalese living in the area and Gurkhas on training exercises in the region.The organisers said they were delighted with the number of people who attended the event. The programme, which included a Nepalese dinner and entertainment, saw the packed Ikawai Hall sparkling with colourful saris and the aroma of spices.Nepalese officials explained that the Samata School project erects bamboo schools for impoverished children to give them the chance for a better future.
Bamboo is a cheap, durable and easily obtainable material in Nepal.Mr Coles was presented with a topi (Nepali cap) during the evening. Mr Coles said he believed that when communities such as Waimate appreciated other cultures and their people, it could create a greater understanding between them.
"I found the story of their bamboo schools project very interesting.
"I know that local farmers speak highly of the Nepalese and their good work ethic."
Mrs Coles said it was a wonderful evening of fantastic hospitality and entertainment.The programme was jointly organised by the Non-Resident Nepalese Association of New Zealand and the Nepalese community of Waimate.
Another Nepalese cultural fundraising evening is to be held in Invercargill on May 6.