Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden finds Nepal to be ‘a selfless, peaceful nation’ and Nepalese citizens ‘such heartbreakingly, loving, sweet people’. This is why she wants to do everything within her capacity to keep the world’s attention focused on the plight of tens of thousands earthquake-affected school children in the mountain nation.
Reminding people about how a little kind-hearted assistance could make a whole lot of difference in the lives of the disaster-affected children, the glamorous TV personality on her part will soon return to Nepal to ‘privately’ build her ‘own school’.
She and other renown British celebrities are backing a joint Christmas campaign of The Sunday Mirror (Britain’s brightest tabloid newspaper) and Street Child (a UK charity that aims to create educational opportunity for the world’s most vulnerable children) to raise funds to rebuild educational infrastructure high up in the Himalayas. The move comes at a time when the international press appears to lose its focus on the earthquake reconstruction activities, or simply, the inadequacy of it.
The 44 year old star was recently in Nepal to shoot a documentary. During her stay in the country, she came in contact with local schoolchildren who impressed her with their total dedication to education. She said the students in the country are completely committed to their education because that’s the only way they would have a better life in the future.
“The highlight of their whole day is going to school,” The Mirror quoted her in a report published yesterday. She explained why Nepalese kids are so much focused on their studies – because they do not have anything trivial to keep themselves busy with. “Loads of girls want to be doctors and you believe it because they have nothing else trivial to focus on that the rest of the world does,” the online edition of The Daily Mirror said.
Saying that the Nepalese people ‘still aren’t broken’ despite the widespread destruction by Mother Nature, she said keeping the awareness ‘all the time is really important’ and that she will be behind anything she can for the disaster survivors of Nepal.
Amanda’s interest in Nepal originated from a near-tragic personal story. Her younger sister Deborah Holden was one of many international trekkers and climbers who were caught at or around the base camp of the Mt Everest when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25. The way she survived is nothing short of a miracle.
Deborah recently told The Mirror that the only reason she was not at the Everest base camp on the fateful day was because she was struck down by altitude sickness and therefore, had to remain at a village not far below the top of the world. She and her trek companion could actually see the avalanche when it would hit the peak on April 25, with much horror and disbelief, as it took so many mountain-loving lives in an instant. If she had not had that sickness, she would have been there; she was supposed to be there.
Her commitment to keep the Nepalese earthquake victims on the radar of the international media is just like her sister’s. It was proven by the fact that she has already been back there accompanied by journalists. She plans to be back again on the first anniversary of the killer earthquake, April 2016, she was cited.