Rs 9m compensation amount donated for scholarships
KASKI, SEP 09 -
In an act of benevolence, the family of a Nepali migrant worker , Thaman Singh Gurung, who was killed in Afghanistan three years ago, has donated compensation money worth Rs 9 million ($100,000) to local schools in the district.
The Thaman-Matthew Handley Scholarship Trust, named in part for lawyer Handley, has been established to provide scholarships for under-privileged students from Maharudra Secondary School in Taplang, Annapurna Secondary School in Sikles and Himalaya Milan Secondary School (HMSS) in Tangting.
One student from each school—Sangita BK, Srijana Gurung and Sanju BK—all currently in grade 11, were provided with scholarships at a programme on Saturday. The scholarship trust is run by the Thaman-Matthew Handley Trust. Hum Bahadur Gurung, chairman of the Chandra Gurung Protection Academy (CGPA), which has been tasked with distributing the scholarship said that each student would be provided with Rs 6,000 a month until they complete their Plus Two level studies. Gurung also said that scholarships would be provided to more students after two years. Compensation amounts worth $4,000 will be deposited in the CGPA’s account by the United States-based trust every year.
“My husband wanted to do something good for the education sector after earning enough money so we established this trust to help poor students with their studies. Now, my husband’s departed soul will rest in peace,” said Thaman Singh’s wife, Bandana.
Headmaster of HMSS, Prakash Gurung, said the help is exemplary and a big contribution to the education sector. “Such efforts will help the underprivileged with their studies,” he said.
Thaman Singh, a retired Indian Army man, was working as a security guard for an American company in Afghanistan when he was killed in
an attack by militant rebels. Upon learning of Thaman’s death, Ashok Gurung, senior director of the India-China Institute at the New School in New York, consulted with Dr Ganesh Bahadur Gurung, former member of the National Planning Commission, and decided to file a formal case demanding compensation. With lawyer Matthew Handley, who previously fought for the families of 12 Nepalis killed brutally by Iraqi militants in 2004, the family managed to win the case, obtaining $100,000 as compensation.
Posted on: 2012-09-09 08:44