On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal, killing more than 8,000 people and injuring thousands more. Its consequences are still felt today.
At the time of the earthquake, GardaWorld was employing more than 120 Nepali guards for a major project in Baghdad. The disaster deeply affected the entire team, prompting them to collaborate with FSI to quickly spring into fundraising mode.
A fundraising gala in conjunction with donations collected from different offices allowed GardaWorld and FSI to raise just over $21,000.
Children's education, a major concern
One of the major concerns following the earthquake was the ramification of the damage done to the schools; if the children could not return to school, there was a good chance that they would become victims of trafficking or that they would be forced to work or get married.
The team chose to donate the funds raised to the Right4Children organization, which organized a project to rebuild eight schools in the Dadhing region, rendering them stronger and safer for the 1,500 children who attend them.
Rebuilding a high school
The $21,000 raised by the GardaWorld team and FSI was allocated to rebuilding the Niranjana high school in Milanbazar. The work began in December 2016 and involved the construction of a new building with 12 classes, which required a total investment of $76,000—made possible by a contribution from the organization Children4Children Nepal (United Kingdom).
A little more than two years later, with the construction completed, the building was inaugurated, much to the delight of the 509 students who will now be able to benefit from the facilities and continue their education in a safe learning environment.
GardaWorld is extremely proud to have been able to contribute to a project that has had such a great impact on the lives of the Nepali youth affected by the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. To learn more about GardaWorld's social involvement, visit our page on social responsibility.