Martin Lundstedt’s technical workshop in Nepal - 2017-Ongoing
In honour of Martin Lundstedt’s 50th birthday we gave him the gift of a technical workshop at the Ratankot school in Nepal near Home of Hope.
Martin Lundstedt is the board director of the family business Partex and CEO of Volvo worldwide. In honour of his 50th birthday in 2017, Partex, Lööf Foundation and the Lööf family together gave him the gift of a technical workshop that would be created at the school in Ratankot near Home of Hope in Nepal. During our 11th trip to Home of Hope in November 2017, we created the workshop. We brought many tools from Sweden such as hand saws, rulers, carpenter pencils, a first-aid-kit, knives, screw driver with bits and a hack saw. Once in Nepal, we shopped for the rest of the items for the workshop such as axes, carving tools, zippers, velcro, sewing needles, etc.
In the classroom that we were to use at the school for the workshop, there were cracks in the floor and walls from the earthquakes that struck Nepal in May 2015. We filled all of the cracks in, and then gave the classroom a fresh coat of paint to brighten the room up! We then had the help from local villagers to carry the tables, cabinets, wood rack, chairs, sewing machine, wood working supplies and sewing items down to the classroom.
Inauguration day – November 12, 2017
Once we completed setting up the classroom, we held the inauguration for the classroom on November 12! The headmaster of the school helped to cut the Swedish ribbon to the entrance of the classroom and then all of the school children ran into the classroom very excited! They were all so happy to see the classroom finally finished and look at all the new material that they will get to work with. We handed out cookies, juice, Swedish flags, balloons, noise makers and candy to all of the school children. We had Nepalese music playing, children dancing and singing, and then we opened the confetti and threw it over the children. All the children’s eyes lit up with joy, and they started putting their hands out for more confetti. It was really fun to open the confetti bombs that we brought from Sweden, it really felt like a party atmosphere!
In just one day of the workshop being opened, the children had already learned from the wood working teacher how to make stools to sit on and how to sew pillows. Our hope with the technical workshop is to give the school children of Ratankot the opportunity to learn, create and give them inspiration from Martin so that they can be successful in their futures too!
Presenting Martin with his gift
Upon returning to Sweden, we had the great pleasure of handing over Martin’s gift to him. In great collaboration with Niklas Bergman, a film-maker and photographer from Gothenburg, we were able to give Martin a film capturing the process of setting up and celebrating the technical workshop. It was great to see that Martin felt very touched by the film and even had suggestions for the workshop in the future!