Bryher Volunteer Has Anxious Wait For Nepal News

Nepal_Earthquake_2015A Bryher resident closely involved with a children’s’ charity in Nepal says she’s anxiously awaiting news following the earthquake this weekend.

Marian Bennett first volunteered with the Esther Benjamins Trust in 2003. They support children held in jail with their parents who are serving prison sentences.

The charity also accommodates vulnerable street children as well as rescuing youngsters from Indian circuses.

Marian got involved following her friendship with the charity’s founders who holiday regularly on Bryher.

She says she’s very nervous about the situation because these children have enough to bear already.

Marian added that buildings in the region are shoddily built from clay, propped up with wood, so they can easily collapse.

Marian’s been to Nepal five times, volunteering as a play worker. She was so moved by the plight of the children that she’s given talks to islanders to drum up support for the charity.

And back in 2011 she led a party of island volunteers, which included Jane and Richard Chiverton and Sabine Schraudolph.

Marian says she’ll have to wait to find out how the charity, which is based in a suburb of Kathmandu, was affected by the quake. Their founders are in London, and were running in the marathon yesterday to raise funds.

She says the scale of the disaster means that massive international aid is required, but she’ll be making personal donations to the appeal and is considering arranging fundraising here.

The Shelter Box charity, which is based in Cornwall and has been supported by Scilly’s Rotarians, has dispatched volunteers and emergency supplies to the country.