The devastating earthquake of April 25th, May 12th and subsequent powerful aftershocks made Nepal a heavy loss of lives and property. Tourism being the backbone of national economy has been greatly affected. The massive earthquake left the archeological and heritage sites in fragile condition. In this regard, Trekking Encounters has decided to add a brick in 'Rebuilding Nepal' mission.
Trekking Encounters offers Charity Treks to support the mission. We encourage travellers to purchase such travel packages that also allocate certain percentage to its Rebuilding Nepal mission. Trekking Encounters has declared that 10% of the trip cost will be given to its 'Charity Fund'. The fund will be utilized to purchase books, note books, pencils, pens, bags, uniforms etc. for the children who are badly affected from the massive earthquake.
As a part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), we have established a 'Charity Fund' for scholarships to the earthquake victimised children. The primary need of food, shelter and medicine have already been provided at the government and non-government level. The government of Nepal is also working strategically to reinstall villages in several districts. There are still areas people needs our support. Children are suffering from not getting opportunities to continue their education. This is due to loss of parent/s, family members, houses, school building, books, notebooks, pens, pencils, uniforms etc.
Our project name is: "Trekking Encounters Education Project" for Rebuilding Schools and Helping Children to go to School again.
In response to the above, Trekking Encounters' Team reached to a community school based in Makwanpur district of Nepal on 23rd July, 2015. We managed to distribute school uniforms (Track Suit), note books and pencils to the children of Shree Kuteshwori Primary School. The school is located in a remote village of Agra about 100 kilometers far from Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,500 meters approximately. The school Principal, Chairperson, Teachers and guardians/parents of the children were present in the programme.
It is a primary school where children are from 5 to 14 years in play group to grade five. The geographical site is completely remote and the main crops of the people are potatoes, seasonal vegetables, maize and millet. Teachers and children have to walk for 30 minutes to one and half hour to reach the school twice every day. The trail condition is very poor with many ups and downs.
We started early morning at 6AM from Kathmandu. We were five members in our team and reached at 10:30AM. It was a smooth drive up to Palung where we stopped for a tea break. It was an adventurous drive Palung onwards, the last section of the road to reach the school. It took almost one hour to complete the 20 kilometers part. We were greeted and warmly welcomed by the school family. It was a beautiful moment when we found ourselves among the curious children. We also felt grateful to come over to the school.
We saw many houses demolished by the devastating earthquake. The school building couldn't remain safe either. We were requested to support the children with uniforms, notebooks and pencils. We distributed uniforms to 70 students. We made a jacket and a trouser to each of the students who were admitted at the school till date. The Principal of the school, Mr. Madhu KC said there are more to come.
We would like to thank our well-wishers and the contributors, Dr. Mehmet-Emin Korkmaz (Turkey), Mr. Dean Dunbar (UK), Ms. Lia Savage (Australia) and Ms. Helene Busser (France) who made this possible. There are more schools needing such support and we are committed to continue our project. We would like to request our valuable clients if they are interested to be a part of this project.