Nepal fundraiser goes na­tion­wide

Noodles raise $1300

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Jas­mine Bain’s bro­ken heart has in­spired Noodles for Nepal – a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive that is be­ing picked up by schools na­tion­wide.

The project has raised $1300 for a Nepali aid or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The first $650 was from Cam­bridge High School, fol­lowed by $300 from Te Waotu School and $330 from Wa­iariki In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Toko­roa.

The school stu­dents and teach­ers in­volved cooked and sold two minute noodles for lunches, do­nat­ing all the pro­ceeds to Nepal.

In many cases the noodles had been do­nated.

Jas­mine, 17, and her fam­ily were dev­as­tated when they heard of the April 25 Nepal earth­quake.

The Bain fam­ily had trav­elled to the coun­try lit­tle more than 12 months ear­lier where they com­pleted a 10-day trek.

Jas­mine be­came sick while they were pass­ing through Lang­tang vil­lage and af­ter at­tempts to move fur­ther up the Hi­malayas, her and her mother de­cided to stay on with a Nepalese fam­ily who had wel­comed them in.

It was here that Jas­mine formed a close bond with 3-yearold Tser­ing Sangmo.

‘‘There was es­sen­tially no school in the vil­lage and the only op­tion was to send your child to a pri­vate school in Kathmandu from the early age of 4,’’ Jas­mine said.

Jas­mine’s mother and Te Waotu school teacher Eileen Bain said the young girl’s aunty re­ally had an im­pact on her.

‘‘She was a vi­va­cious woman and she was so pas­sion­ate about the fact that she had never got to have an ed­u­ca­tion.’’

It wasn’t long be­fore the Bain fam­ily had de­cided that they were go­ing to spon­sor young Tser­ing to at­tend board­ing school.

‘‘They were just so happy. They were re­ally ex­cited and they gave us socks and all sorts.’’

Last year the South Waikato fam­ily re­ceived news that she had grad­u­ated sec­ond top of her class.

But Tser­ing’s bright fu­ture was cut short by the quake, when a land­slide killed all four mem­bers of her fam­ily.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally thought she might have been in tran­sit [ back to school],’’ Eileen said.

‘‘But for what­ever rea­son she had stayed . . . never did I visu­alise the hor­ri­ble re­al­ity.’’

The fam­ily re­ceived the email from Tser­ing’s aunt that the whole fam­ily had been killed.

Jas­mine said the Noodles for Nepal ini­tia­tive has al­ready been picked up by six other schools.

‘‘We’d re­ally like to en­cour­age other schools to take up the idea or do some­thing like Noodles for Nepal.’’

And while fundrais­ing won’t bring back Tser­ing and her fam­ily, it will help those left be­hind, Jas­mine said.

Te Waotu’s Jas­mine Bain holds spon­sor child Tser­ing Sangmo, 3, about 12 months be­fore she was killed in the Nepal earth­quake.

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