Expats organise reconstruction drive
24 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — An organisation co-founded by two expats is holding a major fundraiser in Amsterdam on 29 March to send a team to Nepal to fix a poorly maintained school.
24 March 2006
AMSTERDAM — An organisation co-founded by two expats is holding a major fundraiser in Amsterdam on 29 March to send a team to Nepal to fix a poorly maintained school.
UK expat Lucy Emmerson said on Friday the RenDeco Foundation is hoping 500 people will attend the charity event involving a dinner and a party with top DJs.
The money raised will be used to send a team of eight tradesmen to Patlechap in Nepal, where they will work on a very poorly maintained school. Unless the school is repaired soon it will become unsafe and unusable.
Emmerson set up the RenDeco Foundation with Scottish woman Angie McKay and Dutch woman Merrel Dekking after the earthquake that devastated parts of Pakistan in 2005.
Following discussions with high-ranking political figures and aid agencies, it was decided the foundation's first project would be in Nepal. "The idea is to have one aid project every year in a different part of the world, the common factor being the focus on children," Emmerson said.
Its teams will work to fix leaking and unsafe roofs, repair damaged walls, secure doors and windows, build new facilities, and a lot more besides, she said.
Demand for the charity event has been so great it was moved to the "coolest nightclub in Amsterdam" and its two restaurants, Vuong and Di Gioia (formally Suzy Wong). Tickets for the dinner were almost sold out on Friday but there were still some available for the party afterwards.
Emmerson appealed to both the Dutch and expat communities in Amsterdam to show support for the initiative.
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[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news