MC Plan and Site Services, returned from their Nepalese trip weary but euphoric at the close of last year.
In November, MC sponsored a team of 10 trades to work on a Nepalese school to help the community move on with their lives, following the 2015 earthquake.
The volunteers left Blighty on Sunday 17th and flew out to Kathmandu via Doha on a 12.5 hour flight, followed by a 5 hour bus trip before arriving at their accommodation for the week ahead. The Famous Farm in Nuwakot, is a short 10 minute walk from the site where they would all be working.
Helen Cook, Director of MC Plan and Site Services said: “I’d forgotten about the utter chaos of Kathmandu and the traffic. What an experience of utter madness in the city centre. Namaste Nepal.
Locals kept asking to take photos with the A-Team as few had seen white faces – especially ones like Tim (who is nearly 7 ft tall).”
Putting in a swear sanction with fines most definitely worked and helped to curb any inappropriate language!
Our electrician wired up a whole classroom on the first day and then proceeded to finish the other seven ahead of schedule, then took over some of the high to reach places for the painters.
A toilet block was built in the 6 days we were there, with extremely ‘wonky’ bricks. However, the end result with flushing toilets with running water was worth the frustrations of getting levels straight.
There was a sheer edge alongside where the children walked and played. We levelled this, set sturdy fence posts and erected a safety fence to protect the children and provide a safe play area for them.
Mark Cook MD of MC Plan and Site Services, spent the whole week welding window frames together and had an enviable ‘weld’ tan by the end of our project.
Although original plans were to break for lunch each day, from day two onwards the team were so dedicated and determined to get everything done, and more, that they worked through every day. One of the additional jobs they did was to erect a handrail both sides of the 60 steps to access the school.
All classrooms were painted inside and out and carpets were fitted in the nursery, kindergarten, and the school office areas.
Helen added, “To see the joy and smiles on the children’s faces was the best feeling ever. The school Principal described it as a dream. We were treated to a true Nepalese ceremony for the community to express their gratitude to us and we were sad to leave, although not to say goodbye to the cockerel who woke us regularly throughout each night!
“For each and every one of us, this is most definitely an experience that will stay in our hearts forever.”
The volunteers are:
Mark and Helen Cook and Ben Oxland from MC Plan and Site Services
Alexandra Eaton – AE Marketing Solutions
Chris Cowley – Chris Cowley Interior/Exterior Decorating
Kenny Tucknott – Sunseeker, Poole
Penny King – Planning Precision Bournemouth
Adam Ayling – Griffiths and May Carpets and Flooring
Michael Fraser – Plasterer and general builder
Tim Collier – Lilliput Electrical Ltd
The Just Giving page is still open and available to receive donations from individuals and local businesses – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mcplanandsiteservicesnepal
MC Plan & Site Services Ltd is a fully insured, award-winning Independent Corporate Approved Inspector, licensed and regulated by the Construction Industry Council (“CIC”) to carry out building control throughout England and Wales.
For more information visit www.mcplanandsiteservices.co.uk or telephone 01202 744966.