Rotarians provide funding for water pump at Nepal school

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Pupils at a mountain top Nepalese school had to miss lessons twice a day to carry water up to it - until Rotary clubs in North West District 1190 decided to help.

Barnoldswick and Earby Rotarians learned that a project proposed would cost £45,000 to pump water up the mountain. But after the Rotary Foundation agreed to fund half and the district chipped in, the remaining £11,000 was found in a fund-rasing drive which topped £17,000.

Jane Wadsworth, secretary of Accrington Rotary Club, recently visited Nepal and told the club that the earthquake had caused the spring to dry up for a time, and water from another spring was being sought. Despite living in makeshift tents amid the ruins, people were hard working and always smiling. The village had access to water and the school had toilets and washbasins.