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Alumnus Dr Tim Mitchell, new trustee of Pahar Trust Nepal

4 October 2011

This year the Pahar Trust Nepal, reached and passed the milestone of spending £1 million building schools and health posts in the remote Himalayan regions of Nepal.

Alumnus Dr Tim Mitchell (MB ChB 1980) has recently become a Trustee of the charity Pahar Trust Nepal, which just passed the milestone of spending £1 million building schools and health posts in the remote Himalayan regions of Nepal. It has paid for over 60 schools and 3 health posts as well as several related smaller projects. The charity was founded by two former members of the Queens Ghurkha Engineers in 1992. Tim was himself medical officer for QGE back in the 1980’s and has just celebrated 25 years as an inner city GP in Bristol.

Dr Tim Mitchell comments:

"The Trust uses an old Chinese Proverb as inspiration: if you are thinking 1 year ahead, plant a seed. If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree. If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people. Every project with the Pahar Trust needs the full support of the local community they must provide land, haul building materials around and break rocks by hand to make aggregate. They therefore feel a real ownership of the project."

Much work is done to improve and maintain standards in the schools and they consistently outperform local government schools. A friendship links scheme with schools in the UK also helps, especially when pupils visit their twin schools high in the mountains.

If you would like more information about the charity please see their website.