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 AND HEALTH AND LIFE IN ALL RURAL AREAS OF NEPAL

The Yearley Trust was formed in 2005 originally to support talented young Bulgarian musicians to complete their studies outside Bulgaria and particularly in the UK. However, in 2018 the Trustees realised that the considerable improvements in the Bulgarian economy and the effects of Brexit which will mean that EU students will no longer get student loans to pay their University fees, meant that such support was no longer necessary or viable. 

Consequently, at the beginning of 2018 the Trustees turned their attention to the problems in rural Nepal and the area of Nalang in particular. It is a poor rural area where around 90% of the adult population is illiterate or very poorly educated and possibly as many as 60% live below the poverty line. 

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

However, in spite of this the community built a community school to educate their children and also to ensure that girls received equal education to boys (rare in rural Nepal). When the school was partially destroyed by the massive earthquake of 2015 (which destroyed or badly damaged 90% of building in Nepal) the community, led by the school’s founder Ram Silwal, just got together and rebuilt the school. 

Recently the Trust has been strengthened by Doriana Dimitrova and Tsvetelina Georgieva joining the board of Trustees for which the Chairman, John Yearley, is extremely grateful. Doriana will be producing a documentary on the school and the work of the Trust. Meanwhile she is providing considerable help and expertise with the web site and Facebook pages for the Trust and acting as the Trust’s representative in the UAE. 

Already the Trust has funded, 

  • The purchase of land for a 56-bed hostel at the school
  • The cost of building the hostel and its own toilet/shower block
  • A new school kitchen building to cater for both the hostel and the school teachers and pupils
  • The cost of building a new toilet block at the school with special provision for girls
  • A fully equipped medical centre for the community and medical provision in the community.
  • A large multipurpose room to be used both by the school and the community
  • A 400,000 litre enclosed reservoir to store rainwater for use in the school toilets and shower
  • Glazed windows to replace the 54 previously open windows so that classrooms are warmer and more comfortable in cold weather
  • A stand by generator in case of power cuts and also solar panels to provide some of the school’s energy requirements
  • A new fully equipped science lab at the school
  • Provision of English Science text books for the school and interactive projector and whiteboard
  • Provision of a TV and white board to show educational programmes in English 
  • New whiteboards for classrooms
  • A pupil’s good attendance and behaviour scheme 
  • Computers, laptops, digital cameras etc for the school

The Trust currently has had three Nepali people working for it in Nepal since February 2019 and a fourth person since August 2019 and is expecting to expand that to six people in the next few months. As part of its policy of promoting girls and women’s rights all staff, except one, are women/girls. The Trust pays all women employees at least as well as, if not better than, Nepali men would expect.

 

The Yearley Trust is an English Charity No 1136219