A borough youngster caught up in the two devastating earthquakes that rocked Nepal has been given a warm welcome home.
Alisa Ghimire was visiting family and friends with her older sister and mother when the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Kathmandu on Saturday, April 25.
Her classmates were all thrilled to see her againHeadteacher Steve Baines
More than 8,000 people were killed and 19,000 injured, but thankfully Alisa and her family escaping without any injury.
But for her father, Binam Ghimire, a university lecturer, and her school friends at Holystone Primary School, the wait for news was stressful.
Alisa and her family spent four nights staying in a tinned roof of a school and were initially unable to get word home that they were safe as there was no electricity.
Binam said: “It was a very painful time, however, we were blessed that Alisa, her sister and mother and our relatives were safe.
“Communication was not regular for the first two days but when I could speak to my wife and daughter, when I asked Alisa if she was scared of the earthquake, she told me ‘I am brave’.”
When staff and pupils at Holystone Primary School heard that Alisa was safe, they organised a non-uniform day to help others who had been caught up in the tragedy.
And they managed to raise £805 during the event.
However, the concerns for Alisa’s welfare were raised again on May 12 when a second earthquake, measuring 7.3-magnitude, hit the country on the day the family were due to fly home.
Again, there was a worrying time while friends and family n North Tyneside waited for news, with relief when they heard they were safe.
But the biggest celebration came last Friday when Alisa, a reception class pupil, returned to the school and was given a warm welcome home.
Headteacher Steve Baines said: “We were all very concerned when we heard of the horrendous earthquake and as you can imagine we were particularly worried about Alisa and her family.
“It was a great relief to hear they were safe. This must have been a terrifying experience, and whilst we are thrilled that Alisa is safely back in school, we are aware of the devastation the quake has caused.
“As a school we decided we should show our support for the disaster relief appeal and held a non-uniform day last week where £805 was raised.
“Her classmates were all thrilled to see her again.”