In 1997 a group of students and staff from Island School travelled to Nepal on a trekking expedition. The stunning beauty of the country provided a sharp contrast to the child poverty on the streets of Kathmandu – so affected where the group that they decided to do something about it. They raised the money to buy some land and build Katja House.
Katja House opened in 2001, supporting the 80 or so children in its care from primary school through to tertiary education, providing a loving and safe environment that permits them to grow into successful and happy adults.
Twenty years later and the school remains a vital partner of Katja House, with students and staff returning annually to work with the children and undertake maintenance and building repairs.
For the lucky few, we are the safety net.