Royston charity on mission to help rehouse Nepalese orphans


- Credit: Archant

As communities in Nepal try to piece their lives back together after a devastating earthquake rocked the country killing thousands, a Royston charity is calling out for help to rehouse orphans.

Children sleeping next to the rubble.

Children sleeping next to the rubble. - Credit: Archant

Uncle UK supports orphanages run by the Glorious Ministry and the Himalayan Hope Church in Kathmandu.

The Glorious Ministry orphan moved into a new building last year, but the building was ‘damaged badly’ in the quake, and it is likely it will need to be rebuilt.

The foundations have cracked and the structure is damaged – meaning it could fall through at anytime.

At the moment the orphans are living amongst the rubble and wreckage under a make shift shelter and eating food provided by aid donations.

Uncle UK volunteer in Nepal.

Uncle UK volunteer in Nepal. - Credit: Archant

After hearing about the work the charity does, a company in Baldock has set to work to help raise its profile.

When a customer entered the doors of EMS Stairlifts in Baldock and asked to sell back her late husband’s stairlift to raise money for the charity, the company decided it was time to give something back.

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A spokesman said: “We believe Uncle needs this chance to help raise it profile within our local area, but more importantly help those who are struggling day in day out over in Nepal.

“We will help them as much as we can.

“It’s a very good cause. The horrible fact is there will now be more orphans after the earthquake, so they will need to build somewhere bigger and start from scratch.

“Unlike a lot of disaster appeals every penny of what Uncle gets from the likes of you and me goes into helping the children. As a local company, EMS couldn’t just stand aside.”

The firm set to work to raise awareness of the charity by rebuilding its website and filming an appeal video.

EMS Stairlifts has also secured a Google grant to help try and raise the charity’s profile online and donated £1000 to kickstart the appeal.

The Nepal Earthquake killed more than 8,000 and injured more than 23,000 when it hit the country in April.

Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless as entire villages were flattened in the aftermath of the quake.

You can find out more about the work that Uncle carries out, and how to donate by visiting the website at