Love and Solidarity from Switzerland to Nepal

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My dear friend Becci used to live in Kathmandu and is now head of an Early Years international school in Geneva. Of course, as soon as news reached us of the terrible earthquake of 25th April 2015 and the aftershocks that followed, Becci wanted to involve her school community in the relief effort. In the space of a couple of weeks, she managed to orchestrate a vibrant Nepali-style Ban Bhoj or pot-luck picnic and festival with childrens’ art work for sale, henna hand painting, face painting, a book and toy sale, tombola, raffle, bubble blowing, traditional music and beautiful Nepal dancing. I contributed this painting I made for the occasion: A Monal bird, the national bird of Nepal, flying over Everest and the words “Love and Solidarity from Switzerland to Nepal” written in Nepali. I had a Nepal festival-goer check it and it is correctly translated! What a relief!) It raised a nice little sum in a silent auction at the festival. All the proceeds will go straight to First Steps Himalaya, a grass-roots educational charity working with rural communities, which have been some of the worst affected by the disaster.

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