For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege to work alongside my wife Delanii to support the Surya Vinayak English School in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
The school is home to around 300 children aged 2-15 and is the first school in Kathmandu area to accept disabled children, despite extremely limited facilities and resources.
We got introduced to the school, which operates on a not-for-profit basis, when Delanii spent some time there as a volunteer teacher in 2011 and since then, with help from generous friends, including my classmates from London Business School, we’ve raised significant amounts of money for the school to build basic facilities including sanitation, hire extra teachers as well as providing teaching aids and materials.
We visit the school on a regular basis, but this was the first time I got a chance to share my story of climbing the pride of Nepal, Mount Everest, with the children and taking the flag of Surya Vinayak English School to the top of the world.
Visiting the school is always a humbling experience as despite the very challenging circumstances the children show amazing desire, fuelled by the dedication of the staff, to create opportunities for themselves through education and improve not only their own lives but the lives of those around them.
We can all learn a lot from them.