The Nepal Trust, a Scottish charity, set up ten years ago with the aim of aiding the impoverished Nepalese mountain people has been acclaimed by HRH Prince Charles.
Prince Charles has written a foreword in a catalogue for an exhibition by the artist James Hart Dyke that opens in London next Tuesday. The exhibition, Painting in the Hidden Himalayas, is in aid of and dedicated to the Nepal trust.
Prince Charles writes “I am pleased that James has immersed himself in the local cultures and developed a keen awareness of the needs of different communities. He is to be congratulated for linking up with the Nepal Trust, which does so much good work in education, health care, sustainable energy development and heritage preservation in remote regions of Nepal”.
The story of the creation of the Nepal Trust is a moving and inspiring one. In October 1993, community member Alan Jacobsen, then 72, partially- sighted and in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, made a pilgrimage to Nepal. He was so appalled by the plight of the impoverished mountain people that on his return to Scotland he determined to do “hands-on” work to relieve their plight. The Nepal Trust was born so that others in the roof of the world might live.
Within a few months the first health post was built in Humla, in Nepal’s north western district and more have followed. Learning of royal recognition of the Nepal Trust’s work, Alan Jacobsen, now 82, said, ” You can imagine how thrilled I am and Prince Charles’s remarks reflect well on our community”.
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