AID PROJECTS IN NEPAL
CLOTHING DRIVE FOR NEPAL
By Rachel Leigh - Express Newspaper Nelson, B.C.
Tim and Becky Rippel of Nelson's Peak Freaks are organizing a clothing donation drive for Nepalese Sherpa
children. Increased tourism in Nepal's mountains has encouraged an influx of
Nepalese families to the Mount Everest region, but recent international events
have had a devastating effect on the country's tourist industry. SARS and 9/11,
along with Maoist rebels in western Nepal have discouraged visitors and left
many Sherpas without work.
The Rippel's have over 18 years of experience
leading mountaineering expeditions in Nepal, have developed strong connections
with the Sherpa families who live and work in the Mt. Everest region. When Tim
leaves next month on his latest Nepalese expedition, he hopes to help alleviate poverty by sending each of his climbers with an extra expedition bag of clothing
to add to their allowable baggage allowance.
Because of the wide varying temperatures at
different elevations, both summer and winter clothes are needed. They're looking
for clothing in good condition in sizes from two to adult; they will clean all
donations. If you have no clothes to give but still would like to help, the
Rippel's would also welcome computer software for Nepalese schools.
A donation box will be set up at the Valhalla
Pure Outfitters store in Nelson; the deadline for donations is September 17. For
more information contact Becky Rippel or Tim Rippel at 250 352 9133 or
Photo: Becky Rippel passing on hats to
the children in the Khumbu hand made by a women in Nakusp, B.C.
helping support good oral hygiene and dental care in the Khumbu Valley.
Sonam Sherpa shown in the photo works with Peak Freaks with his team of
Yaks. His smile was infectious with the missing tooth but unfortunately
also infectious was the pain he endured from rotting teeth. Sonam
was sponsored by one of our trekkers a flight for the first time to a
city, to Kathmandu. Escorted by his brother Dawa who also works with us
as a climbing sherpa. The flight and dental work cost only 200.00 US
trekkers and climber help in facilitating the transportation of vaccine
to the Khumbu. Each year we load up essentials wherever possible to help
the Kunde Hospital with their much needed supplies. Thanks to a dentist
in the US this time we were provided with a box filled with tooth
brushes and tooth paste. The hospital doctors used these supplies to
entice the sherpa people to come in for check up so they could be looked
at and a file opened for them. The sherpas have been afraid to go to the
hospital as they believed that if you went there you would die. This
gift changed that way of thinking and much as improved now. Allowing the
doctors to identify problems before they became serious. Something so
small did so much. THANK......YOU!
venture was quite fun. We organized with schools in our home town
Nelson, B.C. Canada an exchange letter opportunity. We brought books,
pencils and other teaching aids to the school. We also delivered a hand
full of letters from a grade 5 class in Nelson to a class at the Sir
Edmund Hillary school in Khumjung. While we went off trekking the
students wrote a reply to the children back home and we picked them up
on our way back and delivered them back to Canada. Great fun!
UP NEPAL PROJECT-
Putting light in the
homes so Nepalese children can read and write at night.
for Life is a non-government, organization and charity that provides selected
students with a paid-post secondary education, as well as a monthly living
allowance that affords them independent living accommodations, away from
Hopeful Home, the orphanage that they grew up in. This is truly the next step
for these kids and a way to safely transition out of the safety net that has
been their home for so many years. The program was developed by Vanessa
Higgott now a Peak Freaks trekking guide.
In October 2006, Vanessa &
Guy Higgott traveled to Nepal to trek and climb with Peak Freaks. They fell in
love with the country, but more importantly the people.
First Steps Himalaya (FSH) is commencing an Early
Childhood Development (ECD) project in the village of Sangachowk,
Sindhupalchowk District, Nepal. The project will run from January 2009 to
The Project will target the health, nutrition,
care and education of young children to offset the effects of poverty. FSH
aims to reach out to the most vulnerable members of society children ages 0-5
yrs, the unborn child and their mothers as well as older children. The project
will seek to mobilise the entire community to bring about effective long term behavioral
change and the reinstatement of child rights.
FSH will work in partnership with community
based organizations to deliver a number of services including; pre-school
education, mother and baby/toddler group, parent education, ante-natal
classes, environmental awareness and child rights advocacy campaigns.
Within five years, at least 10 more villages
will benefit from similar programmes and by 2019 we hope to have community
programmes throughout the district. FSH aims in the long term to partner
communities in other regions of the Himalaya.
Donations paid to Peak Freaks go towards helping with the
high cargo costs to get the much needed items to Nepal.