Strong links between Timaru Girls' High School and Nepal
Nepalese woman Da Futee Sherpa is hoping studying social services in Timaru will allow her to help the suffering of those back in her earthquake-ravaged home country.
The 24-year-old arrived in Timaru on Tuesday to begin her studies, which have been sponsored by Timaru Girls' High School and CPIT-Aoraki.
She will stay in the TGHS hostel for the next 12 months.
She was excited about the chance to study in New Zealand, as well as being able to help those still suffering back in Nepal.
Da Futee's stay served to strengthen the already close ties the school has with the Nepalese community.
On hand to welcome Da Futee to the school on Tuesday were former head girl and renowned mountaineer Chris Jensen Burke and her colleague, Lakpa Sherpa.
The pair have been dedicated to supporting the aid effort in Nepal following the earthquakes.
They arrived with a box of woollen beanies, knitted by a woman in Nepal. They gave them to the school to sell, with the proceeds going back into the Nepalese aid effort.
The school was also planning to hand over $800 raised from the sale of a book penned by Jensen Burke called The Power in Girls, which would go towards aid work in Nepal.
Some of their past fundraising had been used to sponsor a female teacher to work in a remote Nepalese village.
TGHS principal Sarah Davis said the fundraising was an example of the small things the school could do to help.
It was important to show the students not only how to help their own community, but the wider community as well, she said.
South Canterbury has strongs links with Nepal, particularly through the mountaineering community.
Mount Cook National Park tour guide Phurenje Sherpa will lead a group of South Cantabrians to Nepal in May, where they will help to rebuild a monastery destroyed in the earthquake.