Friday, 3 February 2012

Providing skills and education

It has been missed by many who are following the growth of the 8848 descent. I have also neglected to tell people as a priority about the work that will run on back of my descent. Now it seems only just and right to talk more about the plan.

During the 8848 trip I will be in some of the most remote villages in Nepal. Poverty is all around. It has been the aim of the trip that I will support the local villages. I will venture to find young men and women who show the willingness and ability to move to Kathmandu and train to be river and trek guides. Myself in conjunction with Pure Land Expeditions and Elements Adventure will support these children through the offer of paid education, accomadation and living expenses in Kathmandu. We will train them up as guides and offer them work when they leave school. This is a long term plan. It is no short term fix.

Providing skills and education to even just one young person allows them a different future, one away from the rural life. Just one young man or woman from the village who is able to earn money and have a career path outside the village will enable funds to be sent home, for medical supplies, village hydro, clean water etc. Just one person sharing wages means so much to so many.

This is not a charity.

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