West Lancashire Scouts spend Christmas working at an orphanage in Nepal

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For many of us, Christmas Day means overeating and dozing in front of the television, but a party of eleven Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members, accompanied by two leaders, spent their own Christmas helping at an orphanage on the outskirts of Kathmandu in Nepal.

After travelling out to Nepal in early December, the Scouts from West Lancashire County spent 12 days mountaineering in the Solu-Khumbu, then three days elephant trekking in the Chitwan National Park, before returning to Kathmandu to spend the rest of their time between Christmas and New Year carrying out maintenance work on the Sahara International Children’s Home.

The home provides accommodation and education for 23 young people, and the work carried out by the Scouts will help improve quality of life for those who live there.

Active overseas programme

This trip is planned to become a regular annual event in the calendar of West Lancashire Scout County, which is very active in providing overseas opportunities for its young people.

They run up to ten overseas ventures a year to such diverse destinations as Peru, Uganda, Romania, north-east Greenland, and the Lofoten Islands of Arctic Norway, and many of these overseas expeditions include a community/service project.

Looking to the future

The Sahara International Childrens Home is urgently trying to ensure the orphanage’s long-term stability by raising £75,000 in order to buy the freehold of the home. For more information, please contact Dick Griffiths (Assistant County Commissioner Expeditions, West Lancashire Scouts).

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