Sale of oil paint­ings to help Nepal quake vic­tims

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

A col­lec­tion of oil paint­ings are be­ing sold to raise money for the chil­dren left with­out a school fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in Nepal.

The five pieces of art have been given to the Sa­gar­matha Youth Com­mit­tee (SYC), based in Ash­ford, who are fundrais­ing to help re­build the Chun­devi Sec­ondary School, in the vil­lage of Chu­nikhel.

The school, which pro­vides free ed­u­ca­tion to more than 600 chil­dren, was de­stroyed, along with thou­sands of homes, busi­nesses and tem­ples, when a 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake hit Nepal on April 25.

The paint­ings are by artist Lila Tu­lad­har, who is from Nepal’s cap­i­tal Kathmandu, and de­pict the fear and suf­fer­ing felt by the peo­ple liv­ing in the coun­try fol­low­ing the quakes, as well as the peo­ple com­ing to­gether to help re-build the af­fected ar­eas.

They were given to the SYC by Lak­shya Nepal, an or­gan­i­sa­tion run by doc­tors and sur­geons in Kathmandu who mainly fo­cus on help­ing poor chil­dren.

SYC youth ad­viser Chi­ran Rai said: “The aim is to raise as much as we could from the gen­er­ous peo­ple or art lovers to help to­wards rais­ing the re­con­struc­tion as well as help­ing the very poor chil­dren with their ne­ces­si­ties to at­tend schools.

“We are hop­ing to start the bid­ding for paint­ings one, two and three from £300 and for paint­ings four and five from £200.

“All the money raised will go di­rect to the needy chil­dren in Nepal.”

To bid on the paint­ings, or for more in­for­ma­tion email sysash­ The group would also like to here form any­one who can help auc­tion the paint­ings, or ex­hibit them.

You can also do­nate at www. The KE Ash­ford Big Quiz is on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 16. Here are some test ques­tions to get con­tes­tants in the mood.

From left: Shishir Subba, San­deep Rai, Chi­ran Rai, fouryear-old Chi­rayu Rai and Shikhar Limbu with oil paint­ings that will be auc­tioned

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