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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:MARCH/APRIL Arughat, Nepal


Nick and Caroline Cowan from Eaglesfield have been frequent visitors to Nepal and in 2013 worked in the hill town of Arughat, Nick in the local hospital and Caroline teaching English in nearby primary schools. Sadly, in 2015 the area was devastated by an enormous earthquake whose epicentre was only a few miles from Arughat. Most of the houses, all of the schools and the hospital were destroyed.


Nick and Caroline set up the Arughat Support Fund (ASF) charity soon after the earthquake which is trying to help with the medical and educational problems left by the earthquake. While the Nepali government has promised financial support for homes, schools and hospitals in the area, 2 years on and none has yet arrived. The ASF provided emergency food relief soon after the earthquake. It has provided replacement dental equipment and an ultrasound scanner for the hospital. In October 2016, Nick and Caroline were delighted to be at the opening ceremony of the new primary school the ASF had funded.


As needs continue, the ASF is now helping fund the rebuild of the secondary school at Danda Gaun, which accepts the pupils from surrounding village primaries, including the one Caroline worked in and which the ASF rebuilt.


The secondary school has around 400 teenage students. Like the community around it, the school has no running water. The school does not have toilet facilities and when Nick asked one of the ex-students where they went to the toilet, he was told that: “They make toilet in jungle.” In a country where there is high childhood death rate, most of these deaths are caused by water-borne disease, so the need for a clean water supply and sanitation are of great importance. Bassenthwaite Rotary Club, with ASF support are looking into the feasibility of installing a piped, clean water supply to the school and village.


The ASF continues to raise funds for its projects.


Upcoming events include a music evening in the United Reformed Church in Cockermouth on Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Nick and Caroline and from Billy Bowman’s Music Shop in Cockermouth.


The ASF is also organising a brunch in Eaglesfield Village Hall with gentle walks, runs and bike rides organised by Barry Johnson on Saturday 7th April.


We finish with a Ceilidh in Brigham on 27th April. www.arughatsupportfund.com Nick and Caroline Cowan


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Waverley Viaduct at Carlisle


Our next walk will be on Saturday 24th March at Etterby in Carlisle - a circuit of just under 6.5 miles with total ascent of approximately 500 feet. We’ll explore some of the railway heritage and an early industrial site near Carlisle Castle.


Meet at the Kingsmoor Sidings Nature Reserve, Balmoral Court, Etterby, Carlisle CA3 9PW/GR 387575] at 10.00am or 9.00am at Christ Church, Cockermouth if you prefer to car share. Wear appropriate


outdoor clothing. It is likely that it will be muddy in places. Bring a packed lunch.


From Cockermouth, take A595 towards Carlisle.Turn left onto A689 and after crossing River Eden, turn right at the signpost for Etterby [Kingmoor Road] and then right into Etterby Road. Balmoral court is on the right.


For more information or details, please telephone 01900 828821 or email seleighwanadoo@yahoo.com


ISSUE 424 | 22 MARCH 2018 | 37


CHURCHES TOGETHER IN COCKERMOUTH AREA WALKING GROUP


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