Thomas Kramer with Saken Shrespha and Santu Siwakoti in Nepal on the recent trek.
Thomas Kramer with Saken Shrespha and Santu Siwakoti in Nepal on the recent trek.

A'ville High sponsors Nepalese child

Showing the Christmas spirit that lasts all year long, Alstonville High School has raised funds to sponsor a six-year-old Nepalese child to attend school in Kathmandu.

Alstonville High School student Thomas Kramer said that the school raised funds by holding ‘mufti’ days, when all students dress casually and bring gold coin donations.

Thomas and his father Greg Kramer have been sponsoring a Nepalese child, Santu Siwakoti, for a number of years and were both very glad the school had decided to sponsor another child, called Saken.

“Both of Santu’s parents were killed in a family dispute and she was orphaned,” Thomas said. “Now she stays in a boarding house next to the school and can get an education through our sponsorship.”

With a cost of around $400 per year to send a child to school in Kathmandu, Greg said that giving children the opportunity to be educated was the only way many of them would ever get a chance to make it in life.

“Many families in Nepal are very poor and can’t afford to send their children to school,” Greg said. “Kids often end up either on the street or as ‘house boys’ or maids in richer people’s houses.”

Along with another Alstonville High student, Lachlan Smith, Thomas and Greg recently made a trek to the base camp at Mount Everest and visited their sponsor children Saken and Santu at school in Kathmandu.

“It was a nice school on the outskirts of Kathmandu and run by friendly caring people,” Thomas said. “It’s great to see kids get a chance at something I had taken for granted – like going to school and eating every day.

“People in Australia don’t realise how lucky they are to have all the things they need.

“If anyone can do anything to help, it’s always good – so try to do it. You get a better feeling knowing you are helping someone.”

Alstonville High School chose to sponsor Saken through World Youth International, an organisation that oversees an Australian- run school in Kathmandu. The organisation provides schooling and accommodation for orphans as well as running a volunteer program for young Australians.


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