Registered Charity
No. 1125447
In the beginning

Jason’s story

The body of 17-year-old Hannah was discovered in the West End district of Southampton in March 2003.
Partly because of his understanding of English, Jason Lepcha, a taxi driver, was hired as a driver in Darjeeling by the chief murder suspect. He subsequently saw and responded to a national appeal for information which led to the arrest of the suspect, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, in Kalimpong, Darjeeling in July 2004 just over a year after Hannah’s tragic death.

In return for this, Jason received a reward of £4569 from the Hampshire Police. He is an educated but poor man who had a vision of free education for all poor children. Instead of spending the reward on himself, Jason used the money and help from the local villagers to secure a plot of land on which he has built an English school in Hannah's name.

In 2005, the school opened in the Dhooteriah Tea Garden, one of the country's poorest regions. It is in the village of Santi Gram, 21 km from Darjeeling town, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Now, with his wife Isabella, Jason manages and administers the school under an Indian trust. This trust, with 7 local Trustees, has been inspected, approved and Registered by the West Bengal Education Department.

Christine and Roger with Jason   Jason’s son Sean supervises the building