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National Record Holder Gaurika Singh's Speech.


Shanti Education Initiative Nepal appointed Gaurika Singh as its Goodwill Ambassador. Gaurika who is 12 years old broke six records –in women’s 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 200m backstroke—during the 20th National Swimming Championships held on June 7-8. She was here during the April 25 earthquake and saw the devastation that the quake had wrecked in the country.

SEIN has been involved with school renovation since before the earthquake and is currently raising funds to help public schools rebuild themselves. Thousands of schools have been partially or severely destroyed in the April 25 quake and its aftershocks.

Gaurika currently resides in UK.


Gaurika's Speech

"Good morning everyone, thank you for taking time to be here today.

Firstly, I would like to thank Shanti Education Initiative Nepal ( SEI Nepal) for making me their Goodwill Ambassador. I am honored and grateful. Ever since its inception, I have been following S.S.P. and the amazing work they have been doing in providing quality education to children in public schools in rural Nepal.

Mr. Rabindra Maharjan, the Chairperson of SEI Nepal, is my father’s high school classmate and through him we became aware of this organization.

Being a child myself I feel very privileged to be studying in a good school as education is the key to every child’s future. But this is not the case for every Nepali. Through this organization I want to do whatever I can to help Nepalese children in rural communities to have a brighter future and get all the opportunities they can.

When the great earthquake struck Nepal in April, I too was here, and felt and experienced firsthand its devastating effects. Many lives were lost and buildings ruined. The whole nation was and still is traumatized. Shanti Education Initiative Nepal is helping to rebuild schools and provides educational materials to affected communities in rural Nepal.

Over the past few days, I have been in Nepal again to participate in the 20th National Swimming Championship. It has been a great privilege to claim six national records. When I will represent my country Nepal in the international arena it will be my proudest and greatest achievement.

I would like to highlight how sports, even in such difficult times, can help rebuild and unite. It can help people, especially children who have been traumatized by the effects of the earthquake, to heal and move forward.

I will be donating the money that I received yesterday for breaking national records to Shanti Education

Initiative Nepal to help rebuild public schools, train primary teachers and provide educational materials to provide quality education in remote areas of Nepal, ruined by the earthquake. My parents have also matched the amount I won yesterday and will be donating it to SEI Nepal.

I hope that many people will support this organization in their noble endeavor and help in this worthy cause.

Thank you once again for taking time to be here today and please do support Shanti Education Initiative Nepal.."


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