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School named after Hannah in Darjeeling

By The Times of India on September 30,2007

29 Sep 2007, 0148 hrs IST , Deep Gazmer , TNN
DARJEELING: Even as murdered British teenager Hannah Claire Foster's parents wait for justice, a school has been established at Dhotrey tea garden, about 30 km from Darjeeling, in her name.

Jason Lepcha, who received Rs 3.67 lakh as reward for informing police about the whereabouts of Hannah's alleged killer Maninder Pal Singh Kohli has founded the school — Hannah Memorial Academy. "I am satisfied that the money is being spent on a noble cause," said Lepcha. The English-medium school, which has six teachers on its rolls, provides free primary education to the children of Dhotrey tea garden workers.

"Most of the workers cannot afford to send their children to an English-medium school and since my grandfather owned land in Dhotrey, I decided to open the school with the money I received as reward," said Lepcha. Although the school was established last year, it started functioning only since February with four classrooms. Sixty-seven children have been provided with free stationery and uniforms by the school.

"We have plans to upgrade it upto standard eight. I am trying to arrange funds for that," said Lepcha. Two British nationals, Christian and Rogers, are helping Lepcha in his endeavour.

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  • image We have set up a charity in the UK which supports the Hannah Memorial Academy -please email if you would like to know more, or to join us in supporting this excellent project Roger Maclaverty
    (Posted by Roger Maclaverty, December 15, 2007, 9:41 PM)
  • image Bingo!!!!!!!!!! Keep it up!!!!! God bless u Jasan Lepcha!!!!!!
    (Posted by Emmanuel Rai, October 8, 2007, 4:13 PM)
  • image Darjeeling education is the days of the glorious past a beautiful halo circle round thy brow where is thine glory gone now. Well Jason a really noble work a move appreciated by all the communities in an around the hills .
    (Posted by nelson jung rana, October 4, 2007, 12:25 AM)
  • image I was deeply moved when the Hannah Foster case surfaced in Kalimpong a couple of years back. It is unfortunate that the case has still not come to a conclusion, the pain and the agony that her parents might be facing is something which is beyond our imagination. We hope that they will be met with justice sonner or later. Mr. Jason Lepcha's contribution in building this school is praiseworthy and deserves an applause. We are proud of people like Mr.Jason. Keep up the good work "Sir". I am sure this gesture has definitely brought some solace to the hearts of her parents. We need more people like Jason!
    (Posted by Sam Lama, October 2, 2007, 11:29 PM)
  • image Really ... a great work! Appreaciated ... Highly appreaciated.. Let's see what we can do . Surely, see you in future.
    (Posted by ajoy, October 2, 2007, 9:30 PM)
  • image Great work! Congratulations and best wishes for such a noble endeavor. Regards, NK Subba
    (Posted by Nand Kishore Subba, October 1, 2007, 3:04 PM)
  • image Congratulations and good luck for your school. God Besss you.
    (Posted by Vijaya, October 1, 2007, 1:46 PM)
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