A team of West Yorkshire Scouts, in association with the charity Community Action Nepal (C.A.N), were sponsored by Silicone Engineering to help build up local communities in the region of Lamjung, Nepal.


Doug Scott, founder of the C.A.N charity was one of the men to have climbed the Mount Everest. After learning about their culture and forming some strong bonds with people from regions such as Lamjung, Doug decided to set up his charity to help enhance the locals living conditions.

C.A.N helps to bring long term benefits for those living in remote and inaccessible mountain regions, from near sea level to the summit of Mount Everest. C.A.N’s Project Nepal has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water, sanitation, schools, education and cultural development over the years.

Doug said: “Once again the West Yorkshire Scouts, under the leadership of Graham Earnshaw, have made a very positive difference to the daily lives of those living in rural Nepal.

The retaining wall built at CAN’s Melamchiguan Health Post will ensure its stability and the new school uniforms provided by the Scouts for our pupils at CAN’s Bahrabise School for Deaf Children have brought wonderful smiles to the children’s faces!”

Silicone Engineering was delighted to sponsor a participant taking part in Project Nepal. This was a loyal gasket manufacturing customer who we supply silicone sheeting to. The sponsorship included funding the travel costs for the volunteer and the purchase of supplies and raw materials, which were used to build local health centres and schools within the remote villages of Nepal.

Graham Walmsley, UK & Ireland Sales Manager added: “As a company we were happy to offer donations towards a valued cause, which is helping to build up local communities in rural places such as Nepal. It’s great to have the opportunity to help and give something back to the community.”

The purpose of the hostels and health centre is to firstly enable children from the village to stay at school and receive a much more structured education, than previously possible in the poor village and secondly for the health centres to provide locals with medicine and amenities when needed.

The project takes place every 6 months with volunteers continuing to build up the region of Lamjung and since the start of the project; at least 2 schools have been built, with the health centre currently in progress.

As well as working hard to build up the village, participants also enjoyed two days trekking up to a view point overlooking the Annapurna range and the beautiful scenery surrounding Manaslu.

If you would like to help towards this wonderful cause, then please log onto www.canepal.org.uk for more information.

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