Love Nepals previous incarnation was DCWC Nepal (UK). The beginnings of what was to become DCWC Nepal sorted back in 2002 and the Charity became registered here in the UK in 2004. The charity went on to build 15 schools and the Hospital that stands in Rajabas. Below you will find a little more background to the origins of what is now LoveNepal.org.uk.
It was never our intention to run a charity in Nepal but that’s eventually what happened. It all stemmed from a random meet up between Gary and Akka back in 2002. Garys interest in Tibetan Thangka saw him visit a shop run by Akka Lama. The conversation soon moved on to his recently started charity DCWC (Development of Children & Women Centre) and on his return to UK Gary promised to raise funds to help the charity.
Back in the UK Gary set about raising funds to help Akka and the DCWC. In Easter 2003 Gary organised an eighty-mile charity walk from Blackpool to Keswick. This raised £1100 and was used towards the school being built by the Swiss at Chetana. By late 2003 we had amassed over 200kg of donated clothes which were distributed to many different schools and villages in Nepal. Gary also did the first brick laying ceremony for Chetana School.
After making his first trip to UK in 2003 Akka returned a year later to take part in our Yorkshire three peaks challenge. By May 2004 Gary was back in Nepal with Brother Neil. They had returned to Nepal with more clothes and held clothes distributions at several different villages. By 2004 the charity has been established here in the UK by Gary & Sharon Collier and David Underwood. The charity was named after its namesake, DCWC in Nepal.
In January of 2005 more clothes were distributed in several villages and certificates were presented to women who had successfully completed an adult education courses giving the women a basic grasp of reading and writing. After a trial run up into the Everest region in 2004 we took our first charity trek in April 2005. After the trek was completed the group headed for Nargokot and did a clothes distribution at the local school.
By September of 2005 we were back in Nepal distributing clothes and making plans to build our first school. In April 2006 we were doing our second Everest Base Camp Trek. Most of the group also went on to open our first DCWC in UK school at Kalika Malika. A full days travel each way, the trekkers stayed overnight opening the school and distributing clothes and stationary the next morning before returning back to Kathmandu.
By the summer of 2006 DCWC Nepal had added Patrick and Carole Moran from the 2005 trek and James Wilson and Phil Hanson from the 2006 trek to our board of trustees. Phil had been inspired by the school build visit to Kalika Malika and raised money towards our next school build. We also received a cheque from a very kind gentleman called John Birch for £5000. We were ready to build school number 2 at Tama Khani, near Rajabas.
During our 2005 trek to Everest Base Camp we met Paul and Bev Hargreaves who ran the Queens Hotel in Lytham near ourselves. In November 2006 they offered up the pub so we could have a charity auction for goods donated to us. This was a most significant day. We raised over £1000 but a man named Dave Jennings was present and on watching our presentation declared he would build five schools over the next five years.
Patricks son Jamie is Joe Longthornes manager which lead to Joe becoming our first DCWC Nepal Patron. The first school built by Dave Jennings company UAP would be built in Bhimphedi, in the Makwanpur district of Nepal. Dave wanted the school opening being filmed and Jason Graham was drafted in to do a shoot. Jason had a contact for Sean Wilson, ex-Martin Platt off Coronation Street and approached him about the
possibility of being filmed trekking to Everest Base Camp on our 2007 trek and then being filmed opening UAPs first school in Bimphedi. In April 2007 our second school was opened at Tama Khani by members of a Charity Tibet trip. On the way back to the 4-wheel drive we went passed Chourikhola where there was a nice expanse of reasonably flat land. We had found our place to have a health camp and football tournament.
On returning from Tibet we headed out for our third Everest Trek with Sean Wilson and the new group from UK. The Trek was filmed by Jason under very testing conditions. Once the trek was completed we took the long grueling journey to Bhimphedi. We were joined by Patrick and Karin Graney from USA version of DCWC Nepal. DCWC Nepal school number 3 at Bimphedi was opened by Sean who became our second Patron.
By the end of August 2007 we opened school number 4 and the second of UAPs 5 schools. The school was located at Chourikhola in Kavre. We had passed this way in April after the Tama Khani school build and noticed that the school site also had a large expanse of ground and so we made the decision to incorporate the school opening with a health camp and provide the local people with a festival encompassing a football tournament.
The school was opened on August 30th 2007 by Gary and Ben Jennings son of UAP MD Dave Jennings. The Chourikhola festival was a massive undertaking. Two fully laden buses of people set out for this remote region getting stuck in the mud along the way. From the UK we were very honored to have along with us Brian Kilcline, Captain of Coventry Citys 1987 FA Cup winning team. Chourikhola is at the border of Kavre and
Ramechhap and so was an ideal location for the event. We used the newly built school to act as a medical centre for the four days. We had four volunteer doctors and were hopeful of treating 1000 people over the four days. The demand was so great we treated over 2000 people. The data we took from the event changed the course of the charity. It was obvious the region needed medical facilities and so the hospital project was born.
A Radio interview of Gary and Sean by BBCs Steve Lowe saw him commit to building a school himself. To raise funds us, Steve and 60 fellow Accrington Stanley fans walked to Rochdale for a match to raise funds. By April 2008 DCWC Nepal school number 5 was completed, funded by Cleveleys Park Methodist Church in Blackpool. A group from the church went out to Nepal, organised by DCWC Nepal trustee James Wilson.
A Month later and our fourth annual trek was under way. For the second year in a row we succeeded in getting all to Everest Base Camp. After returning back to Kathmandu from the trek the group were then taken out to Madan Kudari in Kavre to open school number six. The funds for Shree Sun Koshi Primary School had been very kindly donated by HSBC Bank. The group helped out with the distribution of clothes and school stationary.
Natarastriya Yuba Barsa Ni Ma Bi School was our seventh school build and UAPs third school. The school was opened by UAP employee Chris Pankhurst and his daughter Emma Wise on 26th August 2008. The school was dedicated to the memory of the late father of Lynne Jennings, wife of UAP MD Dave Jennings. Seti Devi Primary School in Sanubangthal was our eighth DCWC Nepal school build but was built as the result of a quite tragic event.
By early 2007 we had begun working with Tim Kane from Worcester who had a keen interest to help DCWC Nepal. Tim was a keen athlete and cyclist and signed up for the 2008 Charity trek. He was killed tragically in a hit and run accident, whilst out training for a triathlon on his bike. Family and friends contributed towards the costs involved. The school was opened by Tims cousin Simon Booth in October of 2008.
Seti Bokse Primary School in Kattike Deurali was our ninth DCWC Nepal school build and was the brainchild of BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Steve Lowe. After our Sponsored walk to Rochdale enough funds had been raised to build a school. In April of 2009 Gary, Jason and Sean Wilson went to Nepal to open the school. Set in a beautiful area of Kavre close to the Sun Koshi river the school was opened on April 20th 2009.
The Hospital build was well under way in Rajabas. We checked out the build progress before heading up the mountain in Ramechaap. We were escorted all the way up from Rajabas to Shree Kharpani by an entourage of musicians. It was a tough walk but on reaching the very top Hundreds of children lined up all the way round the mountain to greet us with flowers. Shree Seti Devi was opened on April 23rd by Sean Wilson.
Shree Seti Devi School, Pasheban was our tenth school build and UAPs fourth school, though Dave Jennings of UAP had very generously given it over to Sean for him to dedicate it to his children Callum and Maisie. The opening of Pasheban had capped a hard four days which had seen Shree Bokse opened, then a day at the hospital village. That was followed by the opening of USA school at Shree Kharpani and now this school at Pasheban.
Shree Pratibha Primary School, Makwanpur was our eleventh school build and was very kindly donated by the school children of Congleton High School. Co-ordinated by Caroline Eckersley, the pupils did a variety of activities to raise the necessary funds to build the school. The school was opened on 7th May and capped a busy month of four school openings. Shree Pratibha was opened by father and son, Peter and Luke Jones.
Baikaplik Primary school was opened in August 2010 and was the project of teacher Mike Gough and the students of Arnewood School and Carisbrooke High School. In June 2009 trustees of DCWC Nepal had visited Arnewood school to attend a Nepal day organised to build a school in Nepal. By the end of 2009 funds had been raised and the school build was under way. The school opened in the summer of 2010 By Mike and students.
It was over two years in the planning and building but on September of 2010 Phase one of the Hospital was completed and the Hospital was opened to the public. As a result of the Chourikhola Health Camp we wasted no time in working out what and how much was needed. Akkas grandfather very graciously donated land he had in Rajabas. Work got under way in 2008 and after overcoming many challenges the Hospital was built.
The ceremony was attended by many from the surrounding areas and local politicians and Press. It was also attended by a sizable contingent from the UK who had a horrendous journey stuck in the mud.Sue and Sam Hamilton from Modus, who had sponsored the Hospital and had paid to bring electricity to the village and members of Blackpool South Rotary club who had donated £10,000 for the hospital equipment.
In April of 2011 we were back on the Everest trail for a charity trek. Once completed the group headed out Rajabas to visit the HospitalThen in November of the same year our Thirteenth school, Shree Brahma Bishnu Mahadev Primary School, Dorkhani was opened. This was the fifth of five schools pledged by Dave Jennings and UAP. Representing UAP for the opening ceremony was Angela, Samantha and Christopher Neville.
School fourteen was very kindly donated by the Zen restaurant in Lytham St Annes. They held several evenings giving the entire proceeds to the project. The Lytham St Annes Primary school was built in the remote area of Kusheshwor, in the Ramechhap district of Nepal and was opened in February 2013. The sheer remoteness meant a 10 hour drive and a four hour walk in total darkness. We also ran a health camp for the day.
Our fifteenth School build, the Nabin Bal Pragati Primary School was the project of Derek Whipp, Headmaster of South Lee School in Bury St Edmunds. The pupils of the school ran many different projects to raise the required funding. And on 5th April 2013 the project came to fruition when Derek and his son Matthew visited Nepal and opened the school. This too was a very long and difficult journey to a remote part of Ramechaap.
In April of 2015 Nepal was thrown into crisis with two devastating earthquakes. Major damage was caused to buildings all over our main support areas of Kavre and Ramechaap. We were able to help finance house rebuilding in Bhimkori and the extensive temporary housing project in Nagre Gagarche. Many of our UK built schools suffered damage. Money was provided to enable all of our schools were repaired as quickly as possible.