Himalayan Update July 2019
This week's arresting image of climbers queuing to summit Mount Everest is one of insanity. And in the context of a Nepal still devastated by the 2015 earthquake, we might ask whether the West's fascination with Nepal should be realigned.
After 18 years of expeditions and treks in the Himalayas it was a visit to the fabled Kanchenjunga region of eastern Nepal visiting the Ghunsa school in 2013, with long time friend Chhowang Sherpa, that inspired me to action. Walking into the freezing cold room used as a hostel for 8 children to sleep on the floor, it was obvious change was required. Initially education was the focus, but with a 1 in 4 attendance rate, it was obvious a lot more needed to be done than simply painting the classroom and putting a company sponsors name over the door way and walking away job done...
AGM update & Annual Report 2018 Australian Government (DFAT and ATO) approves HDFA to operate own Public Overseas Aid Fund, with DGR1 status Oct 2018 Quiz Night (with Big Heart Adventures) raised $4,675 ANZ - Shout-for-good (0% fees) donor platform adopted Breaking the illiteracy-poverty cycle, Ghunsa