We are a small group of volunteers whose hearts were captured by the Nepali community during a successful Everest Expedition in 2012, and ever since have been looking for ways to help them.
Our mission is inspired by Sherpa Tenzing who said "I climbed Everest so that my children could pursue other paths." Nothing is more important to Nepali families than the education of their children and to keep them as part of the local community, rather than being educated miles away from home.
Many children do not go to school, and education standards vary widely. Some schools operate with a single teacher and a class of 50+, with little or no resources. They do the best they can with what they have.
When they are older young people are tempted away by jobs abroad, often in the Middle East. Currently 750,000 of unskilled young people a year work outside Nepal, often in dire conditions and for months at a time. An entire generation is no longer fuelling the Nepal economy and skilled workforce, meaning that Nepal will never develop at the pace needed.
We aim to help change that - to bring quality education to the remote Nepali villages so that their children can flourish, learn new skills, and create opportunities for themselves whilst staying within their own community. Our plans for Vocational Centres across Nepal will help to train young people in a trade so that they can support their families and develop Nepal’s economy.
Our plan is to provide a “hand-up”, not a “hand-out.” Through our organisation and our expeditions and donors, we aim to help the local education specialists re-equip the schools and build Vocational Centres with the full involvement of the local village community.