In just a few short weeks I’ll be heading back to Nepal with Ray Foster and John Carruthers to view firsthand the results of your generous support of our Trek Climb Ski Nepal Community Fund. John will actually be filming and producing a short documentary on the rebuilding projects and the impact our fund has made. We will be visiting the Tamang family homes in Kathmandu, Ramechamp and in the Solu Khumbu to check out the new houses that you have all contributed to building after the earthquakes. We will also be touring the Daffodil School where Pemba and Doma Tamang attend as a result of our educational support program and hope to visit the local school in the Solo Khumbu while we are there.
The area of the Solu Khumbu we’ll be visiting is quite remote and impoverished, so hopefully we can do something positive during our visit. Tika has indicated that his family would love the opportunity to meet those who have provided support and thank them personally. Ray, John and I would also like to meet others in their community that have benefitted from your generosity and let them know that you are all still there in support.
You are all most welcome to accompany Ray, John and I as Tika takes us on a 5-day tour around the regions to meet his family and check out the progress we’ve made. Most transport will be by road with some short treks into these remote areas. We plan to experience Tika’s hospitality at his home in Kathmandu before heading off to the various regions. We’ll sort out accommodation depending on numbers. This is a self-funded tour with minimal costs. No money from the fund will be used for this trip as all funds go directly to the programs for the Trek Climb Ski Nepal Community.
After this visit, Ray and I will be heading to Everest Base Camp for our inaugural Resilience for Teens program. We’re excited to say that we have 22 participants joining us for this so it’s sure to be one incredible journey. And as if that wasn’t enough, I’ll (Nick) be backing that trip up with a climb of Mera Peak (6476m) with a group of 10 people all excited to be climbing (and some skiing) their first Himalayan mountain.
So if you want to meet the locals, see where your money has gone, and enjoy some authentic Nepalese hospitality, feel free to come and join us in September. If you would like to make a regular payment into the fund to support our ongoing work in Nepal, you can do so by depositing into BSB: 704 – 230 Account: 100457163 (BankVic) Name: Ray Foster Nepal Community Fund.
As always, thank you all for your continued support.