HDFA Newsletter | July 2017

Dear HDFA Supporter,

We are excited to announce a new pilot program “Laptops for Nepal”, which aims to improve education in remote area schools for both children and adults, as part of HDFA’s community development programs.

In the coming months trekkers will travel through HDFA’s key project areas of Kanchenjunga and Upper Indrawati, with another group heading to Everest Base Camp trek. The Autumn trekking season (October – November) is one of the best times to visit Nepal’s mountains. So grab your passport, boots and backpack and go take a look. If you can’t make it this year, then never fear, there are already three trips lined up for 2018.

A big thanks to those of you who generously donated to our EOFY appeal. Together you gave a fabulous total of just over $14,000 which is equivalent to a teacher’s salary for three years. We were also able to secure an additional 10 hostel place supporters who have pledged ~$1/day to allow a child to attend school, who otherwise would have missed out. What an amazing impact to have for as little as a $1/day. If you would like to help, we still need another 15 supporters.

Download a supporter application form today!


Best regards

Duncan Chessell, CEO

Laptops for Nepal – Pilot Program

We need 12 second hand or new laptops to establish a computer class in the Ghunsa School, in the remote Kanchenjunga area of Nepal, as part of our community development work and education improvement drive. The computers will be taken to Nepal by our trekking groups (as space permits) and be carried into the school by hand. This will be a trial to measure the practicality of the program and difficulties in roll out.

We can accept these laptops in ADELAIDE via drop-off or courier. Please contact us to arrange m: 0414804055 or email us info@hdfa.org

We can make use of any Windows or Mac laptop but it must have:

  • working battery (capable of 3 hrs work) and charger
  • password set to “Admin”
  • working operating system free of viruses, (ideally an antivirus application installed)
  • Microsoft Office (any version) – *not on an annual subscription!
  • wiped of all personal data, less any personal messages or photos you want to send
  • please remove other applications

Treks - Autumn 2017

HDFA Led Trek & Project visit

1st to 12th Oct 2017 to Yangri Peak (3,700m high point) South of Langtang / Helambu area.

This is a 12 day introductory level trekking holiday in the Nepal Himalaya, 8 days trekking, 2 days sightseeing/touring. Suitable for first-time trekkers and children over ten years old. So far we have 5 families (parents with children) preparing for the trek. A training program will be offered, for those in Adelaide, leading up to the trek.

Download the trip INFO PACK (PDF) or visit our trek page. Contact Duncan directly for questions M: +61 (0)414 804055 or email duncan@hdfa.org.


Affiliate Led treks

These trips are run by organisations which support HDFA with fundraising, donations and cross promotion of our community development work in Nepal. We encourage you to join one of these trips.

Big Heart Adventures – 12th to 23rd November 2017

Run by Lisa Murphy from Adelaide, Lisa has a great philosophy that everywhere her groups travel they look to “give something back” and HDFA is fortunate to be her designated Nepal Charity partner. Check out the latest adventures with Lisa and the team to Nepal on the website.

Kanchenjunga Trek – 14th October to 9th November 2017

This one is led by Ray Baker founder of Back Track Adventures out of Brisbane. Ray is a 30+ year veteran trekking guide. This group donates to the Ghunsa School each visit and needs a further 2 trekkers to confirm the trip. Please email Ray directly ray@backtrack.com.au or call 1300 669 780. More info on the trek.

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