First, we would like to send our thoughts to the people of Ukraine. Here in Nepal, it’s Spring and we are excited! Tourism in Nepal seems to be picking up.
The last big fund-raiser at 3 Summits was related to the pandemic. You may know we raised funds to provide supplies for health clinics in remote regions of Nepal (in 15 districts) to help them serve the local population during the pandemic. We also helped set up an emergency ward at a free clinic in the heart of Kathmandu. And we provided rations to more than a thousand villagers who were affected by the pandemic. But while doing this we neglected raising funds for the girls we sponsor. One such girl we sponsor is Elisiba Thapa Magar. See here: http://www.3summitsfornepal.com/3summits/where-the-money-goes/
Lisa Spader, director of Global Pearls, and I traveled for almost three weeks in Nepal. First to lower Solukhumbu district to look up a possible site for a clinic. The project to build and maintain a clinic at Loding Village is being initiated by a friend from WA state in memory of the mother of the Nepali girls she has adopted who are from Loding. We then trekked up to Namche Bazaar. There were small groups of trekkers trickling in which was a good sign. It was still early in the season.
We then drove to Pokhara and to Parbat district where we plan to build a primary school in a Dalit community. We have already raised funds for this school with majority of the donations from my good friend from grad school, Ananth, who is sponsoring the school in his mother’s name. We also plan to partner with the school to help improve the quality of the education there. The plan was to begin construction this Spring but we have deferred it to late Autumn given the fact that monsoons will soon begin in Nepal.
After Parbat, we continued further towards Dhorpatan in Western Nepal where we inspected several schools. One of the schools had been washed away by floods two years ago. They are slowly building a new school at another site. We also inspected another school – the building had been damaged after the earthquake and crumbled this year. We might help them build two-three rooms later this year.
On our return, we trekked for three days along the Annapurna Skyline Trek. Some of the rhododendrons were in bloom and we did see some large groups of trekkers which was quite heartening.