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Explorers & Network Help refurbish a Nepali School

Every week of the year #skillsforlife is put into practice by Explorer Scouts (14-18) and Scout Network (18-25) across Merseyside. Often it is linked to their top Scout Awards and Duke of Edinburgh Awards completing activities associated with volunteering, physical activity, skills and expeditions. One of the extra sections for the Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout Award and the Queen’s Scout Award is the area of international based activities.

This year a significant number of these young people joined with leaders in a life-changing trip to Nepal. The trip involved a trek in the Annapurna range but most importantly a chance to work in a community that was still recovering from the earthquake of 2015. Many of the tasks facing the young people were to do with maintaining the education provision in the village of Ashrang, by refurbishing the school building. This ensures that

The young people not only contributed to the infrastructure of this devastated community but also learned about life in rural Nepal by assisting with the day to day activities. This ranged from helping with the communal cooking to cattle herding. Life changing experiences that allowed them to help others whilst learning #skillsforlife but also appreciate the simple pleasures in life like hot water.

Most of the Explorer and Network members are now looking at both other international opportunities as well as community projects closer to home. Young people making a difference in the world not just in their neighbourhood.