Local Teen Leads Fund Drive
Bek Davis of Sunderland wants to raise at least $1,000 by the end of this month to help rebuild schools in Nepal destroyed by the 2015 earthquakes. Donations are being accepted through the Federated Church of East Arlington. Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Bek Davis was adopted at the age of two and brought to live in the US by Darryl Davis.
Now in eighth grade at the Long Trail School, he still has a special place in his heart for his native land. Last year, two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal. People living in remote villages were hit especially hard. Many lost everything: their homes, farm animals, tools of their trade and school buildings. Household incomes in these villages hover between $440 and $500 a year, and recovery is all but impossible without outside aid. Bek has found a little-known but successful American aid agency called Educate the Children (ETC) which, at the time of the earthquakes, already had in place an organization with 25 years experience on the ground in Nepal. ETC knows how to rebuild destroyed schools with advanced earthquake- resistant designs and materials. Bek has already solicited funds door-to-door in his neighborhood, and now hopes to expand his reach to other Vermonters who wish to join in. Contributions are tax deductible.
To help, mail your check to the Federated Church of East Arlington, 102 Ice Pond Rd. Arlington, VT 05250. On the memo line please print ‘Nepal’ or ‘ETC.’ All contributions will be acknowledged by Bek himself and forwarded to ETC’s office in Ithaca, N.Y. For information, call 802-375-6934