Former Grammar pupil in Nepal asks for help

William Rigby with a pupil in Nepal.
William Rigby with a pupil in Nepal.

A teacher from Skegness, who is working in Nepal, is seeking support for an earthquake relief fund to help schools caring for some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

William Rigby is appealing to people in his home town to contribute to the earthquake appeal launched by the The British School in Kathmandu where he is head of humanities.

The fund will help schools providing education for children with physical or mental disabilities in one of the world’s poorest countries. A number were destroyed or badly damaged by last month’s earthquake.

William said: “Our school has been working with these charities for many years and we are fully committed to them. Sadly this earthquake has been a huge set back to the brilliant services they provide to their communities.”

He added: “Our aim for the short-term is to help the schools to provide for children getting back to their normal lives with the monsoon season approaching. The long-term goal is to rebuild the schools to be earthquake proof and improve their capacity to support their students for the future.”

The fundraising appeal will help The Bungamati DSA (Disabled Services Association) School for the hearing and sight-impaired and Disabled New Life Centre, where pupils have been living outside since the earthquake, which badly damaged the school. Assistance is also needed for schools in the Dhading district which provide a basic education.

Ex-Skegness Grammar School student William, 29, moved to Nepal in 2012 after working as a teacher in London. The British School serves the international and local community.

William was at home in Kathmandu with Nepali wife Reema when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck on April 25.

William said: “The first thing I heard was the earthquake alarm and then seconds later vigorous shaking and we all ducked under the kitchen table, but felt helpless as the earthquake proceed to get stronger and more violent.

“We decided to make a run for it after 30 seconds out of the flat into the narrow street. “

William returns to the UK once a year to visit friends and relatives. His dad Andrew is a former head teacher at Skegness Grammar School, mum Francoise teaches modern foreign languages at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Horncastle and sister Rebecca is studying for an environmental science degree and is a member of the Territorial Army.

For more information about the appeal visit http://www.tbskathmandu.org/
extra-curricular/community-service-charitable-work/