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Family's Nonprofit Raises $5K for Nepalese Children

Grassroots Education Nepal, operated by a Davidsonville familiy, recently raised more than $5,000 through its raffle fundraiser.

With help from the surrounding community, a Davidsonville family’s nonprofit Grassroots Education Nepal announced that it had raised more than $5,000 to benefit young students in Asia.

In October, Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch published an article capturing the remarkable journey of the Church family, and how a bike trip for their son turned into a life-changing endeavor.

Since then, the Church family had been selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Mikey Medium English School—named after their son. And recently, they announced the fundraiser helped provide more than $5,000 for the school, its students and its teachers.

Expenses for one child at the English school in Nepal are about $200. So the money raised by the Churches and the community will cover a full year of schooling for as many as 25 children.

Before the contest ended on Dec. 2, Barbara Church told Patch some of the money will go toward individual student scholarships and resources. She added that the students’ families and teachers personally built their schoolhouse using wood, mud and thatch too.

The winner of the raffle was Joan Holt of Falls Church, VA—who earned a two-night vacation in historic Quebec. The Church family hopes to meet her personally on Sunday, express their thankfulness and deliver the ticket. 

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