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Community / Westside pupils raise funds for Kathmandu school

Pupils from Aith Junior High School did bag-packing at the Lerwick Co-op to raise funds for the school in Kathmandu.

PUPILS from Aith Junior High School have raised more than £700 for a school in Nepal to allow more pupils to return home to see their parents.

Aith teacher Liliane Tiffaneau said pupils moved by the 2018 documentary Children of the Snow Land, shown at Screenplay last September, decided to raise money for the school in Kathmandu.

A bag-packing session at the Lerwick Co-op and a quiz night in Aith raised a total of £745.

Some children from remote villages in the Himalayas and as young as four, are sent by their parents to the Snow Land School in Kathmandu in the hope that education will give them a better chance in life.

Due to the remoteness of the villages and the high cost of travel, most children never see their parents again.

The documentary follows four teenagers who have been given the opportunity to return home after ten years away.

After the film was released, a charity was set up to collect funds to allow more children to travel back home:   https://localgiving.org/donation/snowlandjourneys