After more than 25 years of working with Pahar Trust Nepal, Howard and Sue Green will be stepping down from the Board of Trustees, but they will not be going very far. Both are to become honorary Presidents of the Trust that has delivered nearly 250 construction projects, the majority being schools, in rural and underprivileged communities in Nepal. Howard will be passing the role of Chair to current Trustee, Dr Tim Mitchell.
Pahar Trust Nepal was registered as a charity in UK in 1993 (followed by registration in IOM) after two friends and former Queens Gurkha Engineers,Tom Langridge and Chandra Bahadur Gurung, set themselves the challenge to build a new school in Chandra’s village of Pakhurikot.
Howard and Sue’s association with Nepal began in 1992 when they were both working as teachers on the Isle of Man. Howard, a headteacher at Michael School on the Isle of Man, by chance, read an article in the Head Teacher’s Review about this first school and was drawn to the possibilities of such a venture and decided to locate Tom and invite him to the island.
Howard recalls, “Tom agreed to visit the school and spoke to the children, staff and parents about life in Nepal, working with the legendary Gurkha soldiers and raising the funds for the recently constructed school in Nepal. The visit was very successful and captured the hearts and imagination of the people of Kirk Michael. It was decided that we would work together and fundraise for our own school in Nepal, a task that took many months of hard work and dedication. Finally, through the endeavours of many people on the island enough money was raised to enable a school to be built in Ghamrang, Lamjung, West Nepal.”
Howard and Sue have strong backgrounds in education improvement from Early Years to Higher Education which has led to Pahar Trust Nepal focusing on the quality of teaching within schools through the development of strong links with communities, teacher training and creating school links. Some of these school links have continued successfully for over 20 years building a deep connection between them.
In 2017, Sue wrote and illustrated a book for use in education of early years to encourage the use of role play and storytelling in language and child development. Through the use of puppets for the characters in the books, both teachers and students are encouraged to communicate and develop their own stories to embed language learning. The books and puppets are on sale in Nepal and all the proceeds of their sale are used to further the works of Pahar Trust Nepal and to deliver teacher training sessions.
Howard Green became a trustee of the Pahar Trust Nepal soon after being registered as a charity and when Tom’s health declined, becameChairman in 2005. In 1997 Howard was honoured by the Queen for his work to support the communities of Nepal and was awarded an MBE.
As well as continuing to fundraise for new schools, Howard has also steered the Trust through civil war, political unrest, flooding, landslides and most tragically, the two major earthquakes in 2015. During each tragedy the Trust effectively responded to improve the living conditions of those who suffered so badly.
The achievements of Pahar Trust Nepal of the last 25 years are testament to the hard work and dedication of the Board of Trustees in the UK and the NGO in Nepal. As we look forward to the next phase of the Trust we will be reviewing our mission and structure to ensure that we continue to provide support and development that will deliver the greatest impact and improvements within the rural communities of Nepal.
Howard Green said “We have a capable and conscientious team both in UK and Nepal. I am confident that PTN will grow from strength to strength and wish our successors every good wish for the future. Both Sue and I are both extremely grateful to our loyal dedicated and generous supporters who have helped us achieve so much. It has been a privilege to help and support so many young people from a country we love so dearly.”