In the aftermath of the earthquakes in Nepal in April 2015, thousands of people are still struggling to rebuild, many in remote villages in the Himalayas. Ross School parent Alexandra McAuliffe and grandparent Leeli Bonney recently spoke with Lower School students at an assembly about the Tara Foundation USA, founded by Leeli, and its Himalayan Children’s Project, an initiative to collect and distribute fleece jackets to school children in the mountains.
In support, Ross Lower School will be accepting donations of gently used fleece jackets through October 15. Leeli and Alexandra will deliver the jackets when they return to Nepal in November. “In a few months it will be winter. ‘New’ jackets will be a welcome surprise, and we thank you in advance for making it possible for us to help make their lives a bit better,” they said.
Ideally, donated jackets will have a full-length zipper (working snaps and buttons are also fine), hand-warming pockets, and a hood, in sizes that fit elementary school children, as well as adult men’s and women’s sizes up to medium.
Also at the assembly, Head of Lower School Jeanette Tyndall was proud to present Leeli with a check for $1,226—money collected last school year for the victims of the earthquake. The money will help the villagers rebuild a health clinic and repair water pipelines that are being washed out by monsoons.