The Yearley Trust

OUR MISSION

*  TO IMPROVE LIFE AND EDUCATION IN NALANG AND THE SURROUNDING AREA SO THAT IT BECOMES A MODEL EXAMPLE FOR THE WHOLE OF NEPAL TO FOLLOW AND ALSO SO IT TO BECOME A CENTRE OF EDUCATIONAL AND SPORTING EXCELLENCE 
* TO IMPROVE THE EDUC ATION, HEALTH, EQUALITY AND STANDARD OF LIVING IN ALL RURAL AREAS OF NEPAL

Whilst he founded The Yearley Trust in 2010 it was not until the end of 2018 that John Yearley heard about the Nalang Model Acadamy and the remarkable community of Nalang that built the school.

A chance Facebook friends request from Shankar Silwal in August 2018 bought the school to his attention. John was immediately impressed that the community in Nalang, which mainly consisted of uneducated subsistence farmers, many of whom lived below the poverty line and so much wanted a better future for their children that they got together and built a school. A massive enterprise without earth moving equipment or concrete mixers etc so everything hand to be done by hand. Nevertheless, after a lot of hard work the school was built and opened and immediately proved to be a success. 

However, in 2015 disaster struck in the form of the massive earthquake that struck Nepal and destroyed or damaged over 90% of the buildings in the country including the school.  

Article from The Guardian about the current situation in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake

Undaunted this remarkable community gathered themselves up and the first thing they did was to rebuild the school even before they started repairing their own houses. Unfortunately, many of them still can’t afford to repair their houses and many are still unsafe to sleep in.

John was also impressed that in a country that is very patriarchal that the community promoted girl’s rights and that 50% of the pupils studying science at 6th form level were girls. So, he donated some equipment to help with their science teaching. A little later he received letters of thanks from all the science pupils, one of which, from Rojina Silwal, gave him more information about the school and decided him to put all his efforts, and that of the Trust, behind improving things in Nalang. He immediately recruited two new trustees for the Charity and one, Doriana Dimitrova in particular was also so impressed that since then she has been working non-stop alongside John to do everything that they could to improve things in Nalang. 

Since then the Trust has:

  • Purchased an area of land for the building of a 56 bed hostel for the students and volunteers
  • Paid for the building of the hostel and its own shower/toilet block (Opened by our Chairman in February 2019 and dedicated to his late wife)
  • Replaced the few unsanitary toilets at the school with a new toilet block with special facilities for girls
  • Had a new school kitchen built to provide catering for both the school and the hostel
  • Constructed a fully equipped small medical centre to serve the whole community of Nalang
  • Built large multipurpose room for use by the school and the community
  • Paid for the construction of a 400,000 litre water tank to provide water during the dry season
  • Provided glazed windows to all 18 classrooms and other rooms (54 in total) to replace the previous open windows to keep classrooms warm in the winter
  • Gave a whole new science lab equipped for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology
  • Bought an Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block making machine to enable to community to make low cost environmentally friendly bricks to help rebuild their houses

In addition, the Trust:

  • Pays the school fees of 21 pupils whose parents could not afford the fees;  provided a solar powered lighting system for the hostel as well as an emergency back up portable generator for the school; and has provided science text books; donated computers, laptops and digital cameras; given the school various teaching aids including  an interactive computer controlled whiteboard.

!  The Trust is also working with the American charity ICAL to use their system of teaching English to young children in third world countries and to educate teachers in other schools on how to use the system.

!  The Trust is also currently paying for an old corrugated iron roof to be replaced by a concrete one with surrounding railings so that it can be used as an outdoors classroom, the painting of the outside of all the school buildings and also the inside of all classrooms and the provision of new school desks in all classrooms and also new whiteboards. In other words, a complete makeover for the school

!  The Trust has done a lot since our first small donation, but we need your help to do even more for this remarkable community.

!  See OUR CAUSES for more details

  • The nearest medical facility before our appearance was a minimum of 5 hours walk across hazardous mountain tracks but since the beginning of 2019, we have been paying the salary of Shankar Silwal who is suitable qualified and authorised by the government to provide medical services to the community as well as paying for all his medical supplies.
  • In March 2020 he organised on our behalf for a team of specialists to visit Nalang to carry out eye and hearing tests. The team managed to carry out checks on 1,185 people and issued both reading and prescription glasses as required and also carried out dental checks but unfortunately the advent of lockdown, due to Covid-19, meant that we were not able to go ahead with the various planned cataract operations.

!  The Trust has ambitious plans to expand our activities to assist other communities in rural Nepal in 2021 onwards so has recruited six staff in addition to Shankar (see OUR Team) and has set up The Yearley Trust Centre of Excellence  to help fulfil our mission.

We are very proud that we are working on 11 of the 18 UN Sustainable Development Coals

 

The Yearley Trust is an English Charity No 1136219 and is an equal opportunities employer  

 

You can find The Yearley Trust’s Code of Conduct here

        note: This page was last updated in June 2020