Nepal fundraiser goes nationwide
Noodles raise $1300
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.