Bexhill teacher volunteers to help Nepal earthquake victims

Deborah Cassell
Deborah Cassell

A teacher from Bexhill has volunteered to go to Nepal for eight weeks to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in April.

Deborah Cassell, of Barrack Road, will be rebuilding schools and toilets as part of the Disaster Relief project, ran by global volunteering organisation Projects Abroad.

The 61-year-old teacher will be leaving on Monday, October 5, and she said she decided to go simply because she can.

“I decided to go because I have got the time and because I can,” she said.

“I wanted to do something that would help others and to actually do it myself and help people in that way.

“Projects Abroad said that people are so unsure about the ground they walk on and their whole surroundings are totally devastated.

“The people just need that extra help to get going again.”

More than 21,000 people were killed or injured by the earthquake earlier this year, with thousands of homes and buildings brought to ruins.

Projects Abroad has worked in Nepal since 1999 and the Disaster Relief project began in June this year.

Over 24,000 classrooms have been damaged or destroyed by the earthquake according to the organisation.

Volunteers will be building schools, tents for temporary schools and toilet facilities, as well as providing day care for small children.

Deborah plans to teach while she is there and she said she cannot wait to get there and start helping.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know people and a lot of other people and volunteers for all over the world who take part in these projects,” she said.

“It will be a big challenge for me personally, both physically and mentally but I am looking forward to it.

“I really hope my trip is a big success.”

Director of Projects Abroad Peter Slowe said the team are looking forward to meeting Deborah and encouraged her to bring pictures of the area to show them.

“We are really pleased Deborah is doing this Nepal destination is looking forward very much to meeting her – and they definitely want her to bring some pictures of East Sussex with her,” he said.

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