Restaurant's fundraising computer project for children in Nepal

Restaurant's fundraising computer project for children in Nepal

Justin Burns

Restaurant's fundraising computer project for children in Nepal
Krishna Gurung outside the Hungry Eye Gurkha Restaurant

Underprivileged children in Nepal who have never used a computer before may soon get the chance to log-on for the first time.

Krishna Gurung, manager at the Hungry Eye Gurkha Restaurant in Windsor, is trying to raise £6,000 to set up a computer literacy project at his former school.

He is raising cash to start it at the Shree Krishna Nagar School in the isolated village of Krishna Nagar, on Nepal's southern border, as part of the Church Lane restaurant's two-year anniversary celebrations.

The 40-year-old, of Dedworth Road, said: "It is a very poor part of Nepal and underprivileged children go to the school.

"It is a dream for them to have computers. It will be very good for their education and connect them with the outside world."

The father-of-one, who moved to the UK as a student in 1998, said his former headteacher asked him if he could help as there was no way they could raise the cash.

The remote village is cut off from the rest of Nepal with Chitwan National Park sandwiched between it and the road to the capital Kathmandu.

Krishna hopes to raise the money over the next three months and will fly out in November to see the project once it has been set-up.

Children at his former school
The money will be used to buy 10 computers, books and other technology accessories needed to set up an IT network at the 353 pupil school.

He said: "The children and headteacher are so excited about the talk of computers.

"It will be great to see them using computers and the happiness it will bring."

Krishna raised £1,400 by holding a dinner for 55 people on Sunday which included an auction of authentic Nepalese goods.

A further £300 has been made from diners' cash donations.

Some auction items are still available to buy from the restaurant for the fund and donations are also welcome.

Visit the restaurant's Facebook page for more details.

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