Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1,000 Lights for Nepal

A Santa Margarita, California-based non-profit is working to light the villages of Nepal that have gone dark after the massive earthquake that hit the area Saturday.

Jan Sprague-Chaffin is a second grade teacher at a Guadalupe elementary school, but she's also helping to educate hundreds of children in Nepal.

“We now have four schools and two libraries in very remote villages around the Himalayas,” she said.

Sprague-Chaffin works alongside her son who started the non-profit organization “Hands in Nepal” seven years ago to bring education to the area...

...Four schools have been built with 45 to 100 Nepali students at each. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake destroyed two of those schools, but the communities have bigger concerns.

“That area was at the epicenter of the quake. We have not been able to reach anybody,” said Sprague-Chaffin. “Our hearts are feeling very broken at the thought that the school might not be there, but more important, how are the children and their families? Are they okay?”

The school teacher plans to send solar lights to people who live in the villages that were wiped out by the quake.

“They use them when they are walking around, they use them as flash lights, they use them for all sorts of things,” she said.

It's an effort to bring a little less darkness to those who lost everything.

“Imagine if you didn't have electricity and you had to live in the dark all the time,” said Sprague-Chaffin. “Once the sun went down, then you can imagine what a simple gift like a solar light could be.”

Hands for Nepal will host a fundraiser for the effort “1000 Lights for Nepal" on May 16 in Santa Margarita. Click here for more information.

---From KSBY News

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