Family visits sponsored child in Nepal

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Nepalese boy Saken Shrestha didn’t say a word when 13-year-old Thomas Kramer visited him at Kathmandu in Nepal last month.

The Alstonville High student had just returned from a trek to Mt Everest with his parents and visited his school’s sponsored child before he returned home to Australia. “He was very shy and didn’t speak English,” Thomas said.

It costs $4000 a year to send a child to school in Kathmandu and if the family can’t afford that amount, then the child usually ends up in poorly-paid employment or living on the street, according to World Youth International.

It was for these reasons Alstonville High teacher Colleen Bowles wanted her school to be involved.

“Education is the bedrock for achieving in later life and it is important for our students to support other children who lack the opportunities we have here,” she said.

Thomas’ father, Greg Kramer, feels much the same way. Their family already sponsors another child, Santu Siwakoti, and he urged the community to help sponsor a child.

“To travel and see different worlds and see people who don’t have the ability to go to school and see how lucky we are is imperative,” he said.

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