About

Bright Futures of Bardia

 

Shining light on a future of possibilities for the youth and communities of Western Nepal through Education.

 

This is a project born out of a deep desire to express gratitude to the people of Bardia.

Over 20 years ago, Jacqui Holth – founder of Bright Futures of Bardia – travelled to Bardia National Park with her husband. Whilst in this remote part of Western Nepal her then boyfriend almost lost his life. If not for the local villagers he would not have made it to Kathmandu for life saving surgery.

 

One person in particular, a young boy with his bicycle, and a second bicycle he had sourced for Jacqui, was critical to getting help and assistance. This young boy grew up and started a school for the local children in his living room – he is now the Principal of the Bardia Memorial School.

 

Jacqui’s pledge is to honour the community that helped saved her husband’s life and in doing so, contribute to the development of facilities at Bardia Memorial School.

Children in Western Nepal are being trafficked into India in higher numbers than ever before.

 

Trafficking of Nepalese girls has increased five fold since 2013. Girls are not the only target. Both girls and boys are being trafficked for different and disturbing reasons.

 

“Can you imagine a world where children are at risk of being sold or lured away from their families, never to be seen again?”

Offering educational opportunities to this community not only creates a brighter future, it reduces the risk of these children being lured away from their families and trafficked across the border into India.

Why Bardia Memorial Community School?

 

Gratitude is a powerful force when it comes to creating magic. Often we receive something that we appreciate beyond words and can never repay, but sometimes that opportunity presents itself in a very different form many years later, and that is the story of Jacqui Holth, the woman behind this campaign.

 

In 1996 Jacqui and her husband travelled to Nepal and whilst in far Western Nepal in Bardia National Park he nearly lost his life. A young boy helped locate a vehicle to transport Jacqui’s husband for life saving surgery. This young boy has now grown up to be the Principal and founder of Bardia Memorial School.

Our Team

 

Our team is made up of Jacqui Holth, Steve James, Jayne Hannam, Denise Healey, Karen Pethard, and our every expanding team of supporters around the globe.

 

Jayne and Steve met Jacqui (and Karen) in Nepal during that fateful trip and together they have worked on several projects over the years. Jayne and Steve have had a long association with helping Nepalese communities and schools and helped fund orphaned children from preschool to graduation. Denise is passionate about human rights and channelling investment into projects that deliver social progress and empower communities. Karen believes in the power of kindness and the generosity of the human spirit to bring about positive change.

Our Mission

 

  • To educate and empower children and their communities.
  • To create independence, sustainability and better health within rural communities in a way that provides generational impact.
  • Contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Providing a quality education in Bardia is the foundation to improving lives within and beyond their community for generations.

Our Vision

 

We’ve made a commitment to the hundreds of children at Bardia Memorial school in Thakudwara Nepal that we will help their community continue to expand their school to guarantee a quality education for them today and into the future.