Giving hope to Nepalese orphans

A Fernie man is raising money to help children at an orphanage in Nepal to get a better start in life.

  • Nov. 17, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Darren Ungaro and some of the orphanage kids he met in Nepal last year.

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A Fernie man is raising money to help children at an orphanage in Nepal to get a better start in life.

Darren Ungaro visited Nepal last year to learn to teach English for three months, and was struck by how many children needed help.

He held a fundraiser in March to help build the orphanage and to sponsor 10 kids to live there and attend a local school, and managed to raise $3,000.

He is now holding another event to pay for the kids to get another year at school.

“It costs about $250 to pay for a kid to go to school for a year,” said Ungaro. “So we need to raise about $2,500 for the 10 kids. If we manage to raise more, there are still eight more kids needing sponsorship.”

Ungaro will be holding a silent auction of Nepalese items, including jewellery, paintings, statues and pashmina shawls to raise the money.

There will also be complimentary Nepalese food for people to sample.

Entry is by donation, and all are welcome.

The event will be at the Elk Lodge on December 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.


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