The Isle of Man government has been thanked for its long-standing support towards the development of educational facilities in Nepal.
Chief Minister Allan Bell MHK recently received a plaque to celebrate the completion of the 25th Manx-funded school project in the country.
The plaque was presented to Mr Bell by the chairman of the Pahar Trust charity Howard Green.
It is hoped three Isle of Man-funded schools will be completed during 2012.
‘Secure learning environment’
Mr Green made the presentation on behalf of the director general at the Nepali Department of Education, Mahashram Sharma.
He said: “The government of Nepal wanted to express their sincere thanks to the generous people of the Isle of Man for providing modern facilities where children can now work in a safe and secure learning environment.”
Through financial assistance from the Council of Ministers Overseas Aid Committee and donations by Isle of Man residents, the Pahar Trust has helped to build and equip schools in many remote Nepali villages.
The Pahar Trust was established in 1993. Its main focus is raising the funds necessary and co-ordinating the construction of schools in remote areas of East and West Nepal.
So far, more than 60 schools have been completed. The trust also raises funds for a number of water, health and housing projects.