Kamzang Journeys | The Kamzang Fund

Giving Back

There are many non-profits in Nepal, India, Tibet & the Himalayan regions where we live, travel & trek.
We connect friends and fellow trekkers to the appropriate non-profit organizations, arrange the logistics to sponsor a child for school and help with immediate medical aid for villagers in the remote regions we trek through ...

Our aim is to give grass-roots support to these Himalayan regions!

Namaste - Tashi Delek - Jullay!

 


Kamzang Kids + Medial Aid
Make a Difference
Sponsor a Child + Medical Aid

Inquire about which children most need help, what is needed, and what it will cost as there are many forms of sponsorship, and the costs vary from region to region. Help can take many forms, from full school sponsorship to helping with books and school uniforms, or helping with medical issues. You can even sponsor a Tibetan Buddhist monk, or their monastery. We help find funding or supplies for schools, and act as an intermediary for you to find ways to help.

Feel free to ask us any questions!
Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Kids

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Kamzang Fund Projects
Make a Difference
Financial Assistance for Health + Lifestyle


We look for (or they find us) find the medical cases that have 'fallen through the cracks', such as Susma who got cleft lip surgery in Kathmandu at age 7, and Tsering Kondo who had her hearing tested in Kathmandu and got a hearing aid. We meet many people on the trail in remote regions that desperately need help, so we do what we can to better their lives. We also initiate water, sanitation and solar projects that will hopefully improve the lives of remote villagers ...
Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Projects

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Kamzang Supports
Make a Difference
Looking to Donate or Volunteer?

We've compiled a list of some of our favorite local and international funds (NGOs & INGOs) that we either support directly or recommend to others. Some provide volunteer opportunities.

If you would rather make a general contribution to the Kamzang Fund instead of supporting or volunteering with one of the listed below, we will assure that your donations go to good causes.
Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Supports

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Kamzang Earthquake Aid
Make a Difference
Help Nepal Rebuild
Our efforts to help rebuild lives and homes after the tragic 2015 earthquakes ...
Kamzang Earthquake Aid


Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Kids

 

The Kamzang Fund
The Kamzang Fund has been sponsoring children in the Himalaya for education and medical issues (and a few adults) for 15+ years. We now sponsor 7 children for higher education, 14 children (+ siblings) for education and are looking for sponsorship for several more children. The Kamzang Fund has also sponsored many people from remote regions for medical issues over the past 15+ years, and continues to help villagers that we meet on our treks + cycling trips in the Himalaya!

Have a browse through the Kamzang Fund Kids and Kamzang Projects pages, and please get in touch if you'd like to help to change a young life in the Himalaya.

100% of your donations go to the Kamzang Fund, the Kamzang Kids or our Kamzang Fund Projects. If you would like to donate to the Kamzang Fund in general, we put our general pool of funds towards children who have extra needs during their education (including medical), clothes or housing for our Kamzang Kids or villagers that we meet along our treks that have smaller medical issues.

What a perfect Christmas (or New Year's) gift!

Ready to Help?
Please inquire about which children need sponsorship and what it will cost as there are many forms of sponsorship, and the costs vary from region to region. Help can take many forms, from full school sponsorship to helping with books and school uniforms, or helping with medical issues.
You can even sponsor a Tibetan Buddhist monk, or their monastery.  We help find funding or supplies for schools, and act as an intermediary for you to find ways to help. Email Kim of Kamzang Journeys directly at kim@kamzang.com

Scroll down to find the children who are 'Looking for Sponsors' & read the brief stories of the children who have been given a chance at a better education.

Please help SPONSOR A CHILD in the Himalaya!



Sponsored for Higher Education
Singge Zanskari (Zanskar, Indian Himalaya)
Chhunku Ukyab (Kanchenjunga, Nepal)
Dawa Yangi Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Nuru Wangdi Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Phura Dikki Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Tenzing Doma (Khumbu, Nepal)
Lhamo Bhuti (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) + Looking for a Sponsor!

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Sponsored for Secondary Education
Zangmu Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Pasang Lhamo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Mingma Choki Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Rachana (Ashika) Basnet  (Solu, Nepal)
Soniya Basnet (Solu, Nepal)
Sandip Dulal (Solu, Nepal)
Sushil Gurung (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Tashi Dolkar Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Sera Doma Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Santosh, Srijana & Ayush Giri (Solu, Nepal)
Judicious Tamang (Ganesh Himal, Nepal)
Nabin Gurung (Gorkha, Manaslu, Nepal)
Mamta Basnet - Maile's Daughter (Solu, Nepal)
Suresh’s Daughter (Solu, Nepal)
Phura Tashi & Tsewang Palmo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) + Looking for a Sponsor!

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Sponsored for Medical Issues ++
Susma Gurung (Lower Dolpo, Nepal) + Looking for a School Sponsor!
Tsering Kondo Gurung (Upper Mustang, Nepal) + Looking for a School Sponsor!
Nyima Dikki (Nubri, Manaslu, Nepal)
Dil Maya Gurung (Gorkha, Manaslu, Nepal)
Jampael (Manali Tibetan Community, Indian Himalaya)

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The Kamzang Fund Projects
The Nomad Fund - Adopt A Goat (Upper Mustang, Nepal + Ladakh, Indian Himalaya)
Tsharka School Project (Upper Dolpo, Nepal)
Kamzang Earthquake Aid (Nepal)
The Tsum Valley Nuns Project (Tsum, Manaslu, Nepal)
The Samdo Project (Nupri, Manaslu, Nepeal)

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The Kamzang Fund | Looking for Sponsors!
Tsering Sangmo (Upper Dolpo, Nepal)  - Study English in Kathmandu
Chhunku Ukyab (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) - Fashion Design in Kathmandu
Abinath Basnet (Solu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu (Junar's Son)
Lobsang Dolma (Ladakh, India) - Medical School Overseas
Lobsang Dolma's BLOG
Susma Gurung (Lower Dolpo, Nepal) - Education at Tabriza School, Dolpo, Nepal
Tsering Kondo (Upper Mustang, Nepal) - Education in Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Nepal
Dorji Gyaltsen (Upper Dolpo, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu
The Samdo Kids (Nupri, Manaslu, Nepal) - Education
Lhamo Bhuti (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) - Education in Darjeeling, Tibetan Community
Nimalee Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) - Education in Kathandu
Phura Tashi & Tsewang Palmo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu


Looking for Medical Aid
Tsewang Gimzom (Upper Dolpo, Nepal) - Goitor

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Please inquire about which children need sponsorship and what it will cost as there are many forms of sponsorship, and the costs vary from region to region. Help can take many forms, from full school sponsorship to helping with books and school uniforms, or helping with medical issues. You can even sponsor a Tibetan Buddhist monk, or their monastery.  We help find funding or supplies for schools, and act as an intermediary for you to find ways to help.

Email Kim (kim@kamzang.com) if you'd like to  help to change the life of a child in the Himalaya.
Consider getting your family to sponsor a child in the Himalaya instead of a Christmas present this year!

There are many children, many causes. Please help sponsor a child in the Himalaya.
And please, spread the word!

Namaste - Tashi Delek - Jullay

 

Sponsored for Higher Education
Singge Zanskari (Zanskar, Indian Himalaya)
Chhunku Ukyab (Kanchenjunga, Nepal)
Dawa Yangi Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Nuru Wangdi Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Phura Dikki Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Tenzing Doma (Khumbu, Nepal)
Lhamo Bhuti (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) + Looking for a Sponsor!

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Sponsored for Secondary Education
Zangmu Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Pasang Lhamo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Mingma Choki Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Rachana (Ashika) Basnet  (Solu, Nepal)
Soniya Basnet (Solu, Nepal)
Sandip Dulal (Solu, Nepal)
Sushil Gurung (Kathmandu, Nepal)
Tashi Dolkar Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Sera Doma Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal)
Santosh, Srijana & Ayush Giri (Solu, Nepal)
Judicious Tamang (Ganesh Himal, Nepal)
Nabin Gurung (Gorkha, Manaslu, Nepal)
Mamta Basnet - Maile's Daughter (Solu, Nepal) - Education in Solu, Nepal
Suresh’s Daughter (Solu, Nepal)
Phura Tashi & Tsewang Palmo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) + Looking for a Sponsor!

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Sponsored for Medical Issues ++
Susma Gurung (Lower Dolpo, Nepal) + Looking for a School Sponsor!
Tsering Kondo Gurung (Upper Mustang, Nepal) + Looking for a School Sponsor!
Nyima Dikki (Nubri, Manaslu, Nepal)
Dil Maya Gurung (Gorkha, Manaslu, Nepal)
Jampael (Manali Tibetan Community, Indian Himalaya)

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The Kamzang Fund Projects
The Nomad Fund - Adopt A Goat (Upper Mustang, Nepal + Ladakh, Indian Himalaya)
Tsharka School Project (Upper Dolpo, Nepal)
Kamzang Earthquake Aid (Nepal)
The Tsum Valley Nuns Project (Tsum, Manaslu, Nepal)
The Samdo Project (Nupri, Manaslu, Nepeal)

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The Kamzang Fund | Looking for Sponsors!
Tsering Sangmo (Upper Dolpo, Nepal)  - Study English in Kathmandu
Chhunku Ukyab (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) - Fashion Design in Kathmandu
Abinath Basnet (Solu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu (Junar's Son)
Lobsang Dolma (Ladakh, India) - Medical School Overseas
Susma Gurung (Lower Dolpo, Nepal) - Education at Tabriza School, Dolpo, Nepal
Tsering Kondo (Upper Mustang, Nepal) - Education in Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Nepal
Dorji Gyaltsen (Upper Dolpo, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu
The Samdo Kids (Nupri, Manaslu, Nepal) - Education
Lhamo Bhuti (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) - Education in Darjeeling, Tibetan Community
Nimalee Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) - Education in Kathandu
Phura Tashi & Tsewang Palmo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu

 

The Kamzang Kids | Sponsored for Education

Scroll down to read brief stories of these wonderful kids and the great things they have achieved with their educations.
Fura Diki has just graduated from nursing school in Kathmandu.
Congratulations to her, we're all very proud of her, our first Kamzang Fund graduate!

Singge - Zanskar, Indian Himalaya
Singge is from a remote mountain village in Zanskar, the Indian Himalaya.  We met him in 2001 in a remote village in Zanskar and discovered his story. Joel brought him back to Leh, where I met them, and then Manali the next summer.  His mother is blind and his father's family doesn't recognize him. He is now 19 and has finished his schooling in Manali at the Himalayan Buddhist School.

He was sponsored for school for many years by Sunish, a Tibet trekker, and looked after by his surrogate father Joel (who often took him trekking with his groups during the summer) & Kim (his 'older sister', who looks after his welfare and pays his school fees).

Tragically, Joel died of a heart attack in 2010. Joel's friend Chuck donated some funds for Singge's schooling and Joel's family gave some money for his sponsorship. Louise D generously donates yearly towards Singge's education (or for his pocket money, actually!)

Singge now needs to pass his math exam for Class 10 (which he failed previously) and will now continue his further studies in Manali.
Sally L has offered an incentive for him to pass, and we're paying for a tutor and his living costs in Manali while he studies for the exam.
Go Singge!

Singge Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Singee (Zanskar, 2013)

Dawa Yangi Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Dawa Yangi, a Sherpani from Monjo in the Everst region, comes from an extremely poor family in the Khumbu. Through a sponsor she was able to attend school in Kathmandu for a year but then returned to the Hillary school in Khumjung where we thought she would do better as Kathmandu was too far from home. However after finishing class 10 she was determined to come back to Kathmandu for school, even though by then she had lost her sponsor.

Kamzang Fund continued to help support her education, and in 2015 Graeme & Laura, who were sponsoring her younger sister Nimalee who has since dropped out of school, switched their donations to Dawa Yangi. They are now partially sponsoring Dawa Yangii's college education in tourism and hotel management in Kathmandu, and her dreams are to finish her bachelor and go on to get her masters, preferably overseas!

Dawa Yangi is a remarkable, determined and beautiful young girl who is very generous to her family and others, works very hard and has a bright future in front of her.

Graeme + Mitchell have stepped in to help sponsor her college degree in Kathmandu yearly, while Rita has contributed to the full cost of her college education in Kathmandu. Thanks to you all!

Dawa Yangi Sherpa Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Dawa Yangi at Boudhanath, Kathmandu (December 2016)

Nuru Wangdi Sherpa - Kathmandu, Nepal
Nuru Sherpa, the son of Lhakpa Dorji from Thame & Lhakpa Doma from Pangboche, is living in Kathmandu with his family while he studies in class 10+, or college in Nepal. He is sponsored by Jennelle, a Nepal & India trekker, and has been getting top grades throughout his education. He's now thinking about university, and has been considering hotel management and tourism although he has real skills in the computer sciences and design. He's helped to design our Kamzang t-shirts and buffs, and is now helping me with the Kamzang Journeys website as my technical adviser, and answering emails when we're off trekking!

Nuru has also come trekking with one of our Everest High Passes group and has proven himself to be the perfect host in the mountains as well as a strong hiker with a love of the mountains!

We would love to see this extremely bright young man study overseas in the near future!
A friend Liz is happy to help him find scholarship opportunities, and looking for other ideas!
Thank you!

Nuru Wangdi Sherpa Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Nuru Wangdi Sherpa (Trekking in the Everest region with Kamzang Journeys, 2012)

Fura Diki Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Phuru Diki Sherpa, from an extremely poverty-stricken family in Monjo, the Everest region, has been attending school in Kathmandu for many years. At first she was sponsored by Camilla & David, Everest trekkers, but she lost her sponsorship after class 12. She has always been very precocious, and very determined to make something of her life, and has been cheerfully getting good grades throughout her time in Kathmandu.

Phura Diki is now attending entering nursing college with the help of Annette, a friend of Ade's, and is getting close to finishing her 3-year nursing degree.

She is extremely grateful to have this chance to change her life, and is studying hard for a bring future in the medical field!
Thanks Annette for all of your help!

Fura Diki Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Phura Diki (left) with Kim and her cousin (Boudhanath, Kathmandu, 2013)

Lhakpa Zangmu Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Lhakpa Zangmu from Mende has wonderful sponsors, Karen, Steve & Lindsay from our 2008 Arun Valley trek in the Solu Khumbu region. She is going to school in Kathmandu while living with Lhakpa and Doma, her aunt and uncle, and her cousin Nuru. She is flourishing, studying hard as well as being very helpful at home, and doing very well in school. Her English is nearly perfect after speaking next to nothing when she arrived from the village. Zangmu was also helped a bit by another Everest trekker Tom P, years ago.

She is now studying hard as she moves towards 10+ and college! We're looking forward to seeing what this beautiful girl chooses to do with her life!
Big thanks to Karen, Steve + Lindsay for all of the support!

Zangmu Sherpa Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Lhakpa Zangmu Sherpa (Kathmandu, 2013)

Pasang Lhamo Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Pasang Lhamo is the older sister of Mingma (pictured above) and is now attending class 7 at Khumjung School (a Hillary school) in the Everest region. Pasang Lhamo is a very bright girl who comes from a poor family from Thame. Her father owns a few dzobkios (yak and cow crossbreed) and works in trekking when he can get work. She loves school, studies hard and would love to have the opportunity to finish her education in Kathmandu, or even to have hep with her schooling in Khumjung (one of the Hillary Schools). They lost their house in the earthquake, and have struggled to make ends meet since last May.

Her parents couldn't afford to continue her education so the Kamzang Fund is piecing together funds to keep her in school at the Hillary School in Khumjung, Khumbu.

Thanks to Howard Lichter for sponsoring this beautiful young woman!

Pasang Lhamo Sherpa Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Pasang Lhamo (Thame, 2015)

Mingma Choki Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Mingma Choki is from Mende and Thame, in the Khumbu region of Nepal and grew up in a poor farming family. The father owns three dzobkios (cross-breed yaks) and works a bit in trekking carrying loads with these dzos but they don't make enough to make ends meet.

Mingma Choki has a wonderful and caring sponsor, Annette from from Califoria. She attended school in Kathmandu for several years but has now returned to the Khumbu region to attend school in Thame so she can be closer to her family. We don't see her often enough now but look forward to our yearly November visits each year! She hopes to go back to school in Kathmandu soon, and eventually to study overseas in the US!
Lots of potential in this beautiful girl. We're very proud of her progress, especially in English. Mingma is now in Class 6, and age 13 (2016).

Thanks to Annette for her great support!

Mingma Choki Sherpa Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Mingma (Thame, 2015)

Tenzing Doma Sherpa  - Khumbu, Nepal
Tenzing Doma is the daughter of Mingma, one of our yak drivers, a former Everest (and other 8000+ meter peaks) climber. She finished class 10 at Khumjung school and is now working in a boarding school in Namche as Mingma and his wife can't afford to send her to school to finish her education. She is desparate to continue her 'college' - class 11 + 12 - in Kathmandu but we need a sponsor to help her achieve her goals.

We've now found help for Tenzing's education in Kathmandu from Everest trekker Diana P and my good friend Kristin S!
A big thanks to everyone who has helped Tenzing Doma!


Tenzing Doma at our lodge in Namche, Khumbu, Nepal, 2015

Tashi Dolkar - Khumbu, Nepal
Tashi Dolkar is now 5 years old, and living in Pangboche, the Everest region, with her mother and father. They can't afford to send her to school in Kathmandu (or elsewhere with a good education system) and are worried about her if she has to study in Pangboche.
How cute is she?!

Lorraine & Paul D are now sponsoring her schooling in Namche after meeting her in the Everest region.
Thanks to you both!
Thumbs up!


Tashi Dolkar Sherpa (in Pangboche, Khumbu)

Sushil Gurung - Kathmandu
Sushil is a very bright, an 11-year-old boy (2016) who lives in a tiny house in Kathmandu. His mother Kusum cleans the landlord's house, and the father works painting houses, earning a negligible income. The cost of living has increased incredibly over the last few years, and inflation has made even basic food supplies un-affordable for the average Nepali family.

He is an adorable and spunky kid, is well behaved (although a bit mischievous) and enjoys his studies. My friend Linda C our Tibet Winter Jeep Safari is now sponsoring him for his education in Kathmandu.
Thanks so much, Linda!

Sushil Gurung Photos + Story
Facebook Album

Sushil Gurung (studying outside their small room in Kathmandu, just after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake)

Chunku Ukyab - Kanchenjunga, Nepal
Chunku is a Tibetan girl who comes from the very remote Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola in the Kanchenjunga region, a far eastern region of Nepal. She started to lose her hearing about four years ago and now is almost completely deaf. She has been to see the top ear and hearing specialists in Kathmandu but there seems to be no chance of restoring her hearing. Her father is the local Buddhist lama in the village so has no income whatsoever, and her mother weaves beautiful carpets to bring a little cash into the family. Besides this small income, they have nothing. We promised to help Chunku ...

A month ago she made the long journey to Kathmandu with her mother and is now studying in Kathmandu in class 11 at a school near Boudhanath. She is eager to keep learning, and wants to go to university after class 12 in two more years. We are looking for people to help with her further education. The Kamzang Fund/Kim has paid for her first two year's education, $1200 per year.

She is now looking for someone to help with her college payments; the Kamzang Fund is sponsoring her at the moment.
She is studying fashion design in Kathmandu and flourishing.

We're very proud of you, Chunku!

Chhunku Ukyab Photos + Story
Facebook Album

Chunku (in front of her parent's home in Olangchun Gola, Kanchenjunga)

Rachana (Ashika) Basnet - Solu Khumbu, Nepal
Junar's daughter Rachana (or Ashika as she likes to be called) and his son Abinath, have been helped for their schooling in Kathmandu by Graham, a long time trekking friend. He also received a large donation from the father son team of Ron & Charlie, who came on Wild Everest in 2009. Charlie raised some money for the Kamzang Fund through a school project!

Junar's daughter Rachana was sponsored by Cece & Peter from our 2011 Wild Everest trek for several years. She lost her sponsorship a few years ago and we are now actively looking for a sponsor to continue her education.
Let us know if you'd like to help!


Rachana (left), Junar's (ex)wife (center) & Abinath (right) at Suresh's wedding!

Soniya Basnet - Solu Khumbu, Nepal

Suresh's adorable daughter, Soniya Basnet, very bright and with some real character! How can you resist that face? And her style ... !

Our friends Nina & John from the 2011 Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek are now sponsoring her education in Kathmandu and she is doing great in school. Suresh has recently remarried and Soniya is looking forward to greeting her new younger sister!

Thanks to John + Nina for your continued support!


Soniya Basnet (Kathmandu, 2016)

Sandip Dhulal - Solu Khumbu & Kathmandu, Nepal

Yam's son Sandip is finally school-age, a super bright kid like his father with plenty of character and an engaging smile. Yam is perhaps our hardest-working staff member, running a small shop in Kathmandu, investing in small plots of land and riding his bicycle instead of buying a motorcycle to save money for the family. A man after my own heart ...

Cindy D and Martin S are now sponsoring Sandip's education in Kathmandu!
Thanks so much, Cindy & Martin!

Sandip Dhulal Photos + Story
Facebook Album


Sandip in front of parents' shop in Boudhanilkhanta, Kathmandu in 2015

Lhamo Bhuti - Kanchenjunga, Nepal
Lhamo Bhuti is studing in class 10 in Darjeeling, a good student who comes from a family of Tibetan refugees who migrated to the Kanchenjunga region after 1959. She has two younger brothers, Jhampa Namdol & Tenzin Topden, who also need sponsors. Their parents have a small house in the Kanchenjunga region but life is difficult and money scarce for Tibetan refugees, and education is a luxury.

Kim is sponsoring her studies at the TCV school in Darjeeling for the moment until we find a sponsor to help her with further studies.


Lhamo Bhuti (Musorrie, 2017)

Sera Doma Sherpa - Solu Khumbu
Sera Doma is from Pangboche, a small village in the upper reaches of the Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal. Her mother Nyima Lhamo has been trying to support her education in Kathmandu but was having trouble making ends meet with the money coming in from her small lodge at Amadablam Base Camp. She has been divorced for several years and isn't receiving money for the children's educations from her husband.

Our friend Heike has just agreed to sponsor her schooling in Kathmandu.
Thank you, Heike!


Sera Doma Sherpa (Kathmandu, 2015)

Santosh, Srijana & Ayush Giri - Solu Khumbu, Nepal
Santos Giri, our 'sherpa' Kiran's son, has a speaking/nerve problem. He was sponsored for speech therapy in Kathmandu by Marian, a many-time trekker who now sponsors Santos and Kiran's other two children for school in Kathmandu.

Bruce Bickel, another frequent trekker and good friend is now a new 'father' to Kiran, sponsors all the kids and travels to Nepal to visit the family regularly, an uncle to all the kids also!

A win-win for all!


Kiran, Santos + Family (Kathmandu, 2016 + 2012)

Nabin Gurung - Gorkha, Manaslu, Nepal
Nabin Gurung, age 7, heading towards class 1 at Shanti Nikunj Higher Secondary  School in Pokhara. Nabin has been sponsored for school by Kim + Bob, two of our wonderful clients, after they met his father Sanda on their trek in the Annapurna region with us. Father Sanda and family live at just below Barpak, at the epicenter of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, so lost their house and all of their possessions.

Kim + Bob of CA recently stepped in to support Nabin's eduation in Pokhara, changing the future of a young Nepali boy. They are very grateful for this life-changing help!
A big thanks to Kim + Bob for their support!


Judicious Gurung - Kathmandu, Nepal
Beni of 'Beni' crafshop has been helping so many village women with employment and school but is having a difficult time finding enough money to send her own kids to school here in Kathmandu.

Our friend Sandi now helps to sponsor Judicious, who attends a good school in Kathmandu and stays with her mother at their home. This lovely and outgoing girl is doing very well at school, and looks forward to an interesting future!

Thanks so much to Sandi!


Judicious (Kathmandu, 2014)

Suresh's Daughter - Solu Khumbu, Nepal
Suresh's 1 year old daughter doesn't yet have a name yet, but she has a sponsor! Thanks so much to Bruce for being so impressed by Suresh that he wanted to jump in and help with sponsorship ...

Lhakpa + Tshering Sherpa - Kathmandu, Nepal
Jamie McGuiness, our Project Himalaya partner, sponsors Lhakpa & Tshering, and also the daughter Lhakpa - the children of Gyelgen & Pema, his housemates. They all go to school in Kathmandu and are doing great! Gyalgen and family have also received support from several other trekkers from Project Himalaya.

+ NOTE. Very sadly, Gyalgen passed away in 2016. We will miss him, and Jamie continues to support his family +

 

Kamzang Medical Aid

 


Susma Gurung - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
Susma Gurung is from a small village in Dolpo, and had a severely cleft lip for the first 9 years of her life.
She's now back in Dolpo after a successful operation in Kathmandu. The funding for her operation was provided by some members of our
2011 & 2012 Upper Dolpo to Mustang treks as well as by a few other doners.
A big thanks to all, what a difference in Susma's life!

Susma Gurung Story + Photos
Facebook Album


Susma Gurung back in school in Lower Dolpo in 2013.

Tsering Kondo - Upper Mustang, Nepal
Tsering Kondo lives in Yara village, Upper Mustang. Her mother and the rest of the village told us she can't speak but we found that she is a great communicator and perhaps only needs speech therapy. Shiven, on our Last Nomads of Mustang trek, is helping with the costs of her travel to and stay in Kathmandu.

Kamzang Fund sponsored her to come to Kathmandu to have hearing and speach check-ups and start with speech therapy. We'll need to buy her a hearing aid and then see how she does back at school in Mustang.

Tsering Kondo Story + Photos
Facebook Album

Tshering Kondo, happily at Boudha in Kathmandu with her father (center) and Doma Sherpa in 2012

Jamphael (Tibetan) - Manali, India
Jamphael, son of Nyima Lhamo, had a cleft palette operation in southern India many years ago which was sponsored by our good friend Don.

Jamphael was later sponsored by Sunish (who also sponsored Singge) for his schooling and speech therapy.
These days he sees alot of Singge in Manali, where he lives with Nyima Lhamo and is looking into trade work. He's obviously got a lot of style!

Singge (left) & Jamphel (right) & in Leh to see HH the Dalai Lama in 2014

Nyima Dikki - Nupri, Manaslu, Nepal
Nyima Dikki, a Tibetan from Samdo in Nupri, upper Mananlu region had post-partem depression for four years.
We provided her with medical help and medications with the help of a doctor on one of our Manaslu treks, and she is now out of the house, looking after the kids, has opened a momo & tea shop and doing great. Clint Rogers, who has written a book about the region, contributes money to the family once in a while.

Tragically, Nima Dikki's husband Tsewang Gyurme died fighting a forest fire encroaching on the grazing pastures of Samdo in December 2010. The Kamzang Fund has set up a fund to help her get started again and to improve her momo shop which she started to survive after her husband died.

Read her story:
Samdo Fund

Nyima Dikki & Tsewang Gyurme in 2009-10, during happier times ...

Chunku - Kanchenjunga, Nepal
(Kanchenjunga, Nepal)
Chunku comes from the very remote Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola in the Kanchenjunga region, a far eastern region of Nepal. She started to lose her hearing about four years ago and now is almost completely deaf. She has been to see the top ear and hearing specialists in Kathmandu but there seems to be no chance of restoring her hearing. Her father is the local Buddhist lama in the village so has no income whatsoever, and her mother weaves beautiful carpets to bring a little cash into the family. Besides this small income, they have nothing. We promised to help Chunku ...

A month ago she made the long journey to Kathmandu with her mother and is now studying in Kathmandu in class 11 at a school near Boudhanath. She is eager to keep learning, and wants to go to university after class 12 in two more years. We are looking for people to help with her further education. The Kamzang Fund/Kim has paid for her first year's education, $1200.
We also want to raise money for a new hearing aid for her, and more medical examinations ... 

Chhunku Ukyab Photos + Story
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Chunku (Olangchun Gola, 2014)

Dil Maya Gurung - Lower Manaslu, Nepal
Dil Maya lives in one of the Lower Manaslu region's most remote village, and at age 50, found that she couldn't see well enough to tend to the crops and livestock. The Kamzang Fund brought her to Kathmandu for an eye operation at Tilganga Hospital and now her sight has much improved and life is much easier ...

Unfortunately Dil Maya's village of Korla was almost right at the epicenter of the Nepal Earthquake 2015, and her house was destroyed. We are raising money through Kamzang Earthquake Aid to help her family rebuild.

Dil Maya at Tilganga Hospital in Kathmandu in 2014

Tsewang Ginzom - Upper Dolpo, Nepal

We met Tsewang Ginzom on a day hike from Saldang, and asked about her very prominent goiter. She says she's been eating Indian and Chinese salt for as long as she remembers, and developed this goiter about 12 years ago. Speaking was difficult for her, and of course as a woman the aesthetic element can't be discounted.

We would like to bring her to Kathmandu for an operation, and are hoping to raise enough money to do this.

 

Looking for Sponsors | Sponsor a Child in the Himalaya!

Please get in touch if you'd like to sponsor one of these incredible children from Nepal and India.
Everything helps, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped to change a child's future for the better ...
Namaste & Tashi Delek!

 

Kim with some of the 'Samdo Kids' in Samdo, Nupri

Tsering Kondo - Upper Mustang, Nepal
See Tsering Kondo's 'medical' story below; she has been hard of hearing from birth, and her condition was misunderstood by her parents and the villagers, assuming she wasn't bright.

The Kamzang Fund sent her to a public school at Chhomrong in Upper Mustang (with a donation from friend John T for a year) but her mother decided she would do better at their public school in Yara where she gets special attention from the teacher, who has been there for 17 years. Below is a photo from March 2015 - she's happy, looking beautiful and flourishing staying back home with her family.

We are looking for a full-time school sponsor for her to attend a better school in Pokhara or elsewhere soon. Her school in Yara is only a village school with 5 or so students and only goes up to class 5.

Read her story:
Tsering Kondo

Tsering Kondo Mustangi (in Yara, Upper Mustang)

Dorje Gyalgen - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
Who's seen the movie 'Himalya', filmed in Dolpo, Nepal?

Chief Thinle's grandson Dorje Gyalgen (15, class 6) lives in Saldang and attends the local Saldang school. Though his grandfather was the once the star of a movie, the family still lives extremely simply in Dolpo without the money to send the grand kids to school in Kathmandu.

Kristin S, an old friend of Kim's, has contributed to the cause of sending Karma to school which has helped him over the last few years in Saldang, but his family has now run out of money and he has 'finished' his schooling after Class 6. This Autumn he was tending the yaks alone in a small kharka (seasonal settlement) far from Saldang, so sadly we didn't get to visit him.

We are looking for full-time school sponsorship for him in Kathmandu so he can at least finish his schooling through class 12.

Dorje Gyalgen (In Saldang, Upper Mustang)

Susma Gurung - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
Susma Gurung is from a small village in Dolpo, and had a severely cleft lip for the first 9 years of her life.
She's now back in Dolpo after a successful operation in Kathmandu. The funding for her operation was provided by some members of our
2011 & 2012 Upper Dolpo to Mustang treks as well as by a few other doners.
A big thanks to all, what a difference in Susma's life!

Read her story:
Susma Gurung


Susma Gurung back in school in Lower Dolpo in 2013.

Tsering Sangmo - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
We've known Tsering Sangmo for many years as she is the grand daughter of Saldang's respected amchi, or Tibetan doctor, who featured in the French movie 'Himalaya' many years ago. He is now quite elderly, the patriarch of a large family of lamas and amchis in Saldang.

Tsering Sangmo doesn't go to school because her family is poor, and need her to look after the goats and sheep, collect dung and help look after the family house. She is extremely bright, just an amazing girl, and we'd love to give her the chance to go to school. Her family would be happy to help her if they had financial aid, and Tsering Sangmo would love to attend school!

We would start her at the local school in Saldang, a good school with qualified teachers from around Nepal.
Please get in touch if you'd like to help!
Schools in the villages are much less $$ than in Kathmandu ...

Tsering Sangmo above her uncle, the local amchi (Tibetan doctor)'s house in Saldang, Upper Dolpo

Nimalee Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Nimalee Sherpa, Dawa Yangi's younger sister, was going to school in Namche Bazaar. but has recently left school to help her single mother with their small momo (dumpling) and tea shop.  She was sponsored by Graeme & Laura and was also helped, along with another Sherpa girl who is now sponsored for school in Kathmandu, by Jim W.

We're hoping she'll chose to go back to school, but whatever choices she makes we are standing behind her.

Nimalee Sherpa (center, white, at Namche for the Saturday market with one of our trekkers approx 2012.


Samdo Kids - Nupri, Manaslu
Our Samdo Kids (see Samdo Fund), the four Tibetan children of Nyima Diki & Tsewang Gyurme, are from the village of Samdo, Manaslu region, Nepal. Nyima Diki had post-partem depression for 4 years, and the couple spend all of their meager savings trying to discover what was wrong with her (see above). They live in a very poor Tibetan village a few hours from the border of Tibet. They really need sponsors for school in Kathmandu. The younger son is a monk in Sama Gaon village.

Clint R lived with the family for a year while doing resarch for a book on Samdo and helps them out regularly but his contributions aren't enough to send them to a good school. This family has very little, and really need help. Kim helps the oldest daughter with teh basics but we're still looking for sponsors for all three of the kids. Their father, our good friend Tsewang Gyurme, died tragically in early 2011 and now they need help more than ever ...

The Kamzang Fund helps to support Nyima Dikki and the oldest daughter, who is now at home helping her mother with the momo shop.



Maile Basnet's Daughter
So this isn't a great school photo, but they live up in the mountains and it's not easy to send photos.  Updates coming ....

Maile is Junar's younger brother, lives in the village in Solu Khumbu, and has been working with us for about 8 years. He doesn't make enough money to send his daughter to school in Kathmandu and feels that her education in Solu won't do much for her future.


Who smiles for school photos anyways?


Sponsor a Monk

Young monks from Phuktal Gompa, Zanskar (Indian Himalayas) ... You can donate what you'd like, either yearly or on a one-time basis, and it goes towards their food, travel expenses & accomodation at the gompa.

 

 

Donate to a Himalayan School

The Himalayan Buddhist School in Manali, the Indian Himalayas
And support many Himalayan children at once ...
Pictured the head-mistress Palki, Singge (about his second year there) & Kim.




Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com



Namaste!

Tashi Delek!

Jullay!

Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Fund Projects

The Kamzang Fund
We look for villagers who have 'fallen through the cracks' in the remote regions of Nepal + India.
We brought Susma Gurung (age 7, Dolpo, Nepal) to Kathmandu for cleft lip surgery and Tsering Kondo (age 7, Upper Mustang, Nepal) to Kathmandu for an undiagnosed hearing issue. Many villagers in these remote regions desperately need attention, either medical or life-style oriented, and we do what we can to help.

The Kamzang Fund has also initiated sanitation and solar projects that will hopefully improve the lives of remote villagers. We have sent bedding up to nuns in one of the Himalayan regions most remote Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and aided in many medical cased, from goiters to cataracts.
 Kamzang Earthquake Aid raised over $40,000 after the tragic 2015 Nepal earthquakes, 100% of which went to Nepal.

100% of all of your donations go directly to funds, medical cases or education.
We donate our time, logistics + efforts, you donate the funding, a team effort!
Namaste + Thank You!

Kamzang Earthquake Aid

Kamzang Earthquake Aid
(Nepal 2015 Earthquake)

After Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquakes, the Kamzang Fund is raising money to aid Tamang villages in Rasuwa (and possibly elsewhere), remote villages in Solu and a few select villages in Khumbu which have been badly affected by the quakes.

We can achieve so much with your contributions.
As always, 100% of your donations go where we feel they are most needed ...

The Nomad Fund - Adopt a Goat!
(Nepal + India)

The Nomad Fund | Adopt a Goat!

A project in the works that is very close to our hearts. 100% of donations will go directly to nomadic families (living in their traditionally woven yak-hair tents) in either Nepal or Ladakh. Please specify where you would like your donation to go! The Nomad Fund's goal is to help sustain the quickly fading nomadic lifestyle by helping with education and the continuation of their traditional crafts & help in particularly difficult times ...

The Nomad Fund Photos
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The Tsum Valley Gompa Lungdang Nuns Project
(Tsum, Manaslu, Nepal)

The Nuns of Gompa Lungdang are as welcoming as they come, amazingly so as their monastery is located in one of the most remote parts of the Tsum Valley, bordering on the Ganesh Himal region. We have provided them with blankets & sheets, and our aim is to raise funds to help them build a dining room. They eat outside or in the entrance of the monastery at the moment.

We would also like to provide these amazing nuns with solar power, and at one point to help them rebuild their dining space!

The Samdo Fund
(Nubri, Manaslu, Nepal)

Our Samdo fund is a cause that is close to our hearts, an attempt to help a family in Samdo,in the Tibetan region of Nupri in the Manaslu region. Nyima Diki recently lost her husband after finally recovering from four years of postpartum depression and is now trying to support her four children by herself. She has set up the most basic of 'momo-tea-chang' shops in her small, wooden hut in the village but is barely scraping by.

We were introduced to Nyima Diki, her husband Tswang Gyurme and their four kids by our friend Clint Rogers, who stayed with the family for a year while writing his great book on Samdo, 'Where Rivers Meet: A Tibetan Refugee Community's Struggle to Survive in the High Mountains of Nepal '. (SeeMandala Press for details) and the relationship with the family has continued from there ....
Our goal is to find sponsors for her children and raise money to help Nyima Diki build a real tea-house so that she can support herself! Currently she is making a little bit of money from her tea-house, collecting yersa gumba in the summertime and portering loads to nearby peaks for foreign trekking companies to make ends meet ...

The Chhunku Ukyab Fund
(Kanchenjunga, Nepal)

Chunku comes from the very remote Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola in the Kanchenjunga region, a far eastern region of Nepal, bordering Assam in India ... We met her in March 2013 while on our exploratory trek in Kanchenjunga, and fell in love with her spirit and positive energy.

Chunku started to lose her hearing about four years ago and now is almost completely deaf. She has been to see the top ear and hearing specialists in Kathmandu but there seems to be no chance of restoring her hearing. A Olangchung Gola villager now living in Kathmandu paid her medical expenses to date and a $100 hearing aid which she doesn't wear because she says it sounds like a 'helicopter'! She can speak English well but can't hear it spoken, so we're now communicating with her though texting and writing.
She was studying in Taplejung, a small city in eastern Nepal, until class 10 when she found she couldn't continue with her loss of hearing. When we met her in Olangchung Gola at her parent's traditional house she told us she wanted to continue her education and start on a career path. She has incredible determination, and isn't willing to let her hearing issues stop her from having a productive and fulfilling life. Her father is the local Buddhist lama in the village so has no income whatsoever, and her mother weaves beautiful carpets to bring a little cash into the family. Besides this small income, they have nothing.
We promised to help Chunku ...

A month ago she made the long journey to Kathmandu with her mother and is now studying in Kathmandu in class 11 at a school near Boudhanath. She is eager to keep learning, and wants to go to university after class 12 in two more years. We are looking for people to help with her further education. The Kamzang Fund/Kim has paid for her first year's education, $1200.
We also want to raise money for a new hearing aid for her, and more medical examinations ...



The Susma Gurung Cleft Lip Fund
(Dolpo, Nepal)

Susma Gurung lives in the small village of Rechi in Dolpo and goes to the Tapriza Cultural school at Amchi Gompa, an hour north of her home. At 9 years old, she is the youngest of a family of seven and has a severely deformed cleft lip. Our Upper Dolpo to Mustang trek in 2011 ran into Susma while trekking towards Phoksumdo Lake and I offered to pay for her to get to Kathmandu and have an operation. We never heard from her parents, but fortunately ran into Susma at school this year after inquiring about her at her village below. We sent her beautiful older sister down an hour's hike to bring her father back up to our camp at Amchi Gompa. Her father arrived at camp just before dark and promised to bring Susma to Kathmandu this year. We gave him money to get to Kathmandu and hoped that they would come ...
Several of our 2012 Dolpo trek wanted to help with Susma's operation and expenssed, so I've created this page to follow the progress of Susma's operation ...

Susma and her father flew from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then took the local bus to Kathmandu the third week of November, while Lhakpa & I were still on the Everest trek. Today Lhakpa & I took Susma to an internationally funded hospital called Kathmandu Model Hospital (although I'm not sure what it's a model for), affiliated with SmileTrain, which specializes in cleft palates and plastic surgery around the world.

We had several appointments with the cleft palatte/lip/plastic surgery department and spent all day getting blood tests, seeing a pediatric doctor and an anesthastist. Between appointments we took Susma shopping and she's now decked out in a cute pair of jeans, a pink turtleneck sweater and hoodie, cute as! I gave them money for meals and transport and Lhakpa & I will meet them again the day after tomorrow for her morning operation. We're so excited to see the outcome!
Their expenses at the hospital will be minimal but Susma will most probably need extensive dental reconstruction afterwards. Our aim is to raise enough money to pay for their flights and transport to and from Kathmandu, any medical expenses incurred and their expenses while in Kathmandu. Susma might well need speech therapy afterwards as well. And we'd like to send her back home with some money for school and new clothes.

Update 2013
We met Susma at her school in lower Dolpo this May and took a few photos of her with her schoolmates. She seems so much happier, and considerably more sure of herself. And best of all, she looks BEAUTIFUL! Below are a few of the photos from May 2013, Amchi Gompa, Dolpo. (And below the before and after photos of her operation in Kathmandu)



The Tshering Kondo Hearing Aid Fund
(Mustang, Nepal)

Tsering Kondo comes from Yara, on the eastern 'winter' route of Mustang, near the fabled Luri Gompa. We met this lively girl of 7 two years ago at our campsite. Amongst all the kids that came for pencils and presents, she was the most animated. We soon learned that she didn't speak correctly. She did make all sorts of communicative sounds and made herself easily understood. We all fell in love with her bubbly personality her and wanted to do something to help her.
Shiven Malhotra, on the 'Last Nomads of Mustang' 2011 trek donated 20,000 NRP on the spot for Tsering and one of her parents to travel to Kathmandu and visit a speech therapist. Tsering didn't show up in Kathmandu last winter, so when Lhakpa & I ran into her on this past year's Mustang trek we talked further with her mother. Her mother said that Tsering didn't have a serious problem anymore so coming to Kathmandu wasn't necessary. For sure Tsering seemed to be speaking a few words. 
We weren't sure what the problem was so left it at that ...
Lhakpa got a call a month ago from Tsering's mother saying that she wanted to bring Tsering to Kathmandu after all. So two weeks ago, Tsering and her father arrived and are now staying near Boudha with a friend from Mustang.
Doma & I took Tsering to an internationally funded plastic surgery/cleft lip & palatte clinic at Kathmandu Model Hospital which is affiliated with SmileTrain. We've taken a few other kids there so know that they also provide speech therapy sessions. We met with a wonderful speech therapist named Ruchi who had suspicions that Tsering might have a hearing problem.
SmileTrain
The next steps were to send her for tests at various hospitals around Kathmandu. Doma has been fielding the hospitals further away and we've both been to the Model Hopsital with Tsering and her father. Tsering next needed relatively expensive medical tests to check her hearing and a hearing aid, and was refered to a new speach therapist as Ruchi was off at a medical clinic in Pokhara. Her therapy isn't supported by Smile Train as she's not a cleft lip/palatte case so we are paying her therapy expenses and transportation to/from the clinic on New Road.
Update Jan 2013:
Tsering has now been in Kathmandu for almost a month, and her therapist says her speach therapy is making a big difference. At the moment she's only got a $100 wire hearing aid, very basic. We'd like to provide her with a better aid soon, which could cost anywhere from $1000 on.
Our goal is to raise enough money to pay for their transport from Mustang to and from Kathmandu, medical expenses incurred, her present hearing aid, transport and their expenses while in Kathmandu. We'd like to send her back home with some money for school and new clothes.
Our future goal is to to raise money for continued therapy, a new hearing aid ($1000+) and to find her a sponsor so we can send her to school in Kathmandu where she can continue with her speech therapy. 
100% goes to Tsering Kondo.
Update Jan 2014:
We caught up with Tsering Kondo, her little sister, mother & father in their village of Yara during our Nar Phu to Upper Mustang trek in October, and she's doing much better. She still isn't using her hearing aid very much, but she is 'learning' and speaking better than she was, is happy and more confident.
We are trying to get her to Pokhara this winter to meet with NAHOH, a local hearing project helped by Whitsunday Hearing out of Australia. Thanks to them for their support so far. More updates coming!

 

The Tsewang Gyinzom Dolpo Goiter Fund
(Upper Dolpo, Nepal)

There are so many villagers in remote regions of Nepal who still suffer from goiters. We met this lovely woman, Tsewang Gyinzom, in Karang village, a 2 hour walk from Saldang (home of the late Caravan Thinle). She developed this severe goiter when she was around 50, and is now in her mid-50s. We would like to bring her to Kathmandu to investigate.

UPDATE: Tsewang Gyinzom is in Kathmandu (Dec 2016) and with the help of Michelle Bostick + Pemma Wangchen we are waiting for a date for goiter surgery!

The Dil Maya Gurung Cataract Fund
(Manaslu, Nepal)

Dil Maya lives in one of the Lower Manaslu region's most remote village, and at age 50, found that she couldn't see well enough to tend to the crops and livestock. The Kamzang Fund brought her to Kathmandu for an eye operation at Tilganga Hospital.

The Mustang Lo Manthang Solar Project
(Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Nepal)

The Kamzang Fund, supported by Rita Evans, donated an entire solar set-up to the Lo Monthang Community Center so that this remote village could use its donated computers. The installed internet several years ago, connecting the village to the rest of the world. The solar was brought up to Lo Manthang via the Kali Gandaki River by truck, a feat in itself! The work to transport and set up the solar system was all donated by local inhabitants of Upper Mustang.

The Tsum Valley Sanitation Project
(Tsum Valley, Manaslu, Nepal)

One of our many-time trekkers, Kati, helped Sonam of Tsum Valley Homestays to implement this very important sanitation project at the request of a local inhabitant of the remote Tsum Valley. Now almost all of the houses have their own outdoor toilets, all of the work done locally.



Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com
 
Namaste - Tashi Delek - Jullay!

 

Kamzang Journeys | The Kamzang Fund Supports

 

A list of some of our favorite local and international funds (NGOs + INGOs) that we either support directly or recommend to others. Some provide volunteer opportunities. 

If you would rather make a general contribution to The Kamzang Fund or sponsor a child through The Kamzang Fund instead of supporting or volunteering with one of the listed below, we will assure that 100% of your donations go to good causes!

Namaste - Tashi Delek - Thank You!



DOLPO TOMORROW
A Dolpo based, locally organized, NGO with the aim to rebuild the school in Chharka (Tsarka), Upper Dolpo

DROKPA
DROKPA is a non-profit organization that partners with pastoral communities in the Himalaya and Central Asia to implement grassroots development and catalyze social entrepreneurship using appropriate tools and replicable strategies. (read Ken Bauer's 'High Frontiers' ...)

MAITI NEPAL
Aim: 'A society free From trafficking of children & women' founded by Anuradha Koirala, voted CNN Hero of the Year in 2010.

EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER NEPAL (ECDC)
Freedom for every inmate's child. Founded by Pushpa Basnet, CNN's 2012 'Hero of the Year' award winner.
' The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in Kathmandu, Nepal was founded in 2005 by Pushpa Basnet, a young Nepali woman who studied at Kathmandu University. ECDC coordinates with jail administrators to rescue children from jail cells throughout urban and rural areas of Nepal. The children receive regular medical check-ups, vaccinations, and are enrolled in a local private school. Children have regular visitation with their mothers including during the holidays.'

ASHA NEPAL
'Asha Nepal is a human rights organisation working towards the social and economic empowerment of women and children affected by sex trafficking. Asha is the Nepali word for hope. Hundreds of thousands of women and children in Nepal suffer daily from extreme human rights abuses – sex trafficking, sexual and physical abuse, child labour, and discrimination due to gender, caste and HIV/Aids. We are fighting for women's social status to be raised, to help victims break free from this vicious, violent circle.'

MERO GAON PROJECT
Mero Gaon – My Village, is a project of Ripa Sidhi Sangathan in partnership with Ripaladrang Foundation, founded by Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche.
Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche was present in Kathmandu when the massive earthquake hit Nepal On April 25th 2015, when a earthquake of magnitude 7.8 followed by 7.4 Richter scale devastated the lives and physical infrastructure of Nepal. He and his family along with the monks of Ripa organization rushed to help in anyway they could in reaching out to the people with basic supplies as well and prayers. He toured the destruction and talked to many people offering not only material help like tarpoline and rice bags, but offered his prayers for the families who lost loved ones. This inspired him to help further by adopting a village and rebuilding it fully by providing basic shelter. Mero Gaon thus was started and its first adopted village is ‘Kulay’.

just-one
'just-one strives to actively promote and facilitate educational opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalized children in Nepal by working at a grass-roots level with the children, their families and their communities to implement a range of carefully developed, culturally sensitive, sustainable initiatives.'

dZi FOUNDATION
'The dZi Foundation partners with underserved communities in remote regions of the Himalaya to build sustainable locally-driven programs that improve quality of life through advancing education and health while reducing poverty. Welcome to the dZi Foundation.'

BODHI TREE FOUNDATION
Delivering health in the Himalaya. 'Our mission is to support and promote community-based activities that focus on maternal and child health in the remote Himalayas of Humla, Nepal.'

NEPAL TEACH
The mission of Teach for Nepal is to extend access to quality education to all children in Nepal by training outstanding university graduates and young professionals to become effective teachers and life-long leaders. As a part of TFN Fellowship, these young leaders live and work in rural communities for two years.

KINA
An education empowers girls to become future leaders in their communities, serving as role models and mentors to others girls – this is one of the most powerful catalysts for positive social change we have.  A girls voice tells the real story – with the impact on their families and communities being a personal journey  of discovery as varied as the girls we support.
Currently, our work focuses in Nepal – a country with tremendous cultural wealth and natural beauty but insufficient resources to provide basic education and primary health care to its citizens, particularly girls and women in rural communities.

HOUSE WITH A HEART
'Ghar Sita Mutu, or House with a Heart, is a charity that provides a home for abandoned children, a training center for destitute women, and an outreach program for needy families in Kathmandu, Nepal.'

DISABLED SERVICE ASSOCIATION NEPAL
'Our mission is to support and take care of children with disabilities, generate public awareness about their needs and rights, and work to remove existing social barriers that are discriminatory and prejudicial to their living a productive and dignified life. We hope to inculcate in them self-belief and 'We Can' attitude.'

KIDS OF KATHMANDU
'Give a gift to last a lifetime. Donate'. This INGO does all sorts of amazing things for the kids of Kathmandu, from education to health. Do take a browse through their beautifully crafted website.

NEPAL YOUTH FOUNDATION
The innovative Indentured Daughters Program rescues girls who were sold into virtual slavery.

THE UMBRELLA FOUNDATION
'Working to alleviate the impact of trafficking, poverty and war on children and their families in Nepal. Established in 2005 in response to the growing number of illegal ‘orphanages’ neglecting children’s most basic rights – food, education, safe shelter, healthcare and love – we are a family-first, children’s charity which rescues vulnerable children and reintegrates them with their families and rural communities. When this is not possible, we support them in our homes until such a time as they can stand on their own two feet. As a responsible and ethical organisation, we work alongside the Child Welfare Board to prevent further trafficking and corrupt children’s homes from operating.'

MAITRI GRIHA
'House of Friendship'. A home for mentally handicapped children of Nepal, run under the management of Buddha Jyoti Himalayan Youth Club Nepal.

HIMALAYAN CATARACT PROGRAM
Curing blindness in the Himalaya and around the world. '
The Himalayan Cataract Project’s top priority is to reach the greatest number of unserved blind people, with the highest quality care, at the lowest possible cost. It thrives on the enduring passion of its founding directors, Dr. Sanduk Ruit and Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, ophthalmologists who dedicate their lives to eradicating unnecessary blindness.'

BUILDERS WITHOUT BORDERS
'Builders Without Borders 
is an international network of ecological builders who advocate the use of straw, earth and other local, affordable materials in construction. We believe that the solution to homelessness is not merely housing, but individuals and communities trained to house themselves.'

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
'Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private, international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honor the following principles:
MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.
MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and maintain complete independence from all political, economic, or religious powers.
As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them.'

ROOM TO READ
'We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.'


THE SIDDHARTHA SCHOOL PROJECT

'The Siddhartha School gives the children of Ladakh access to the highest-quality, thoroughly modern education in the region, while also honoring their life-ways and traditions in the curriculum and school activities. Children at the Siddhartha School learn four languages (English, Hindi, Tibetan and Ladakhi), computer skills, sciences, math, creative arts and social studies.
Unique in Ladakh, no child is denied admission to Siddhartha School on the basis of need.'

HEARING PROJECT NEPAL
The Nepal Hearing Project's primary focus is to provide a community health service whose purpose is to improve or restore hearing to the hearing impaired in Pokhara and its surroundings. The project is committed to providing free or low cost assistance to the children and adults with low or no income.

HEARING NEPAL PROGRAM
With the goal of developing a sustainable hearing program for the people in Nepal, they work in Kathmandu and in remote camps throughout Nepal ...

NEPAL SEEDS
'Promoting change one village at a time'. Projects in Education, health & environment.

HIMALAYAN TRUST
'Sir Edmund Hillary founded and led the Himalayan Trust from 1960 until his death in 2008. We follow in his footsteps. He received his first request for a school in Khumjung in 1960 and six months later he had built it and placed a Sherpa headmaster in charge. This set the pattern. Ed listened to requests from local people, consulted with them, then in partnership with them implemented the project. Every year Ed trekked for weeks or months in the areas of his aid work, evaluating what had been done and working for the future. This is the pattern we strive for alongside our Nepali friends and partner organisations.'

AMERICAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION
'The American Himalayan Foundation supports vital education, health care and cultural and environmental preservation throughout the Himalayan region.'

AUSTRALIAN HIMALAYAN FOUNDATION
'The Australian Himalayan Foundation is working to help the people of the Himalaya through improvements in education, health and conservation.'

SHANGRI LA HOME
Homeless children of Kathmandu ... one of many projects Lies Vink founded.

SHRINKING HORIZONS: THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
'Helping people help themselves.' Lots of great projects, based in Kathmandu, Nepal

WOMEN'S ALLIANCE OF LADAKH
'The Women’s Alliance of Ladakh was set up in 1991 with the twin goals of raising the status of rural women and to strengthen local culture and agriculture. Since its inception the WAL membership was swelled to over 5000 women belonging to over 100 villages from all areas of Ladakh.'


GADEN RELIEF PROJECTS

Volunteer to help with nuns and chomo gompas (nunnerys) in Ladakh & Zanskar, Indian Himalaya

JAMYANG FOUNDATION
Zanskar, India
'Changing Perceptions of Women's Potentials. An education project for Himalayan women.'

SNOW LEOPARD TRUST
The Snow Leopard Trust builds community partnerships by using sound science to determine priorities for protecting the endangered snow leopard:
    •    Understanding snow leopard behavior and habitat
    •    Listening to the community to identify needs
    •    Seeking resources for sustaining long-term programs

SNOW LEOPARD CONSERVANCY
'Dr. Rodney Jackson, Director of the Snow Leopard Conservancy, is widely considered the leading world expert on the snow leopard, having devoted over 30 years to researching and conserving this elusive cat in South and Central Asia. His 1980’s pioneering radio-tracking study of snow leopards in the Nepalese Himalaya led to a cover story in National Geographic. He has trained biologists across many of the snow leopard’s 12 range countries, although his real passion rests with helping local people co-exist with this elusive predator ... and the development of grass-roots interventions, including predator-proofed corrals, Himalayan Homestays and a suite of other economic incentives for transforming the snow leopard from a pest to a valuable asset in the eyes of local people.'

TAPRIZA CULTURAL SCHOOL
'The Tapriza NGO Switzerland supports the establishment and maintenance of a locally run school in the remote district Dolpo in northwestern Nepal. The school gives a Tibetan speaking minority of Nepal access to education and offers the possibility to learn their own language, history and culture side by side the national curriculum.'

TIBETAN CHILDREN'S VILLAGES
'The goal of TCV is to ensure that all Tibetan children under its care receive a sound education, a firm cultural identity and become self-reliant and contributing members of the Tibetan community and the world at large.'

FORGET ME NOT ORPHANAGE
'Forget Me Not works with partner organisations in Nepal, Uganda and India, on the ground with local knowledge and expertise to:
Protect & provide for children
Keep families together
Bring children home'

NEPALESE YOUTH OPPORTUNITY FOUNDATION
"We bring hope to impoverished Nepali children by providing what should be every child’s birthright:
Freedom Health Shelter & Education"

SECMOL
Students Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh

NOMADS CLINIC
'A team of committed volunteers who make an annual month-long journey into the most remote regions of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau to provide medical and humanitarian aid. They train local healthcare providers and meet the healthcare needs of those who live in these isolated mountain communities.'

BENI
Handcrafted products from Nepal. Beni enploys single mothers, abused women, men in jail & women from remote villages to hand-craft her amazing and colorful products. She also sends 20 women to school in Kathmandu and plans to open a school in her village. She also employs/helps 2o College girls with part-time work at her shops. Visit her shop at The Kathmandu Guest House, Northfield Mall & at HEED's Handicrafts (small road just before Hotel Marshyangdi on same side).

HIMALAYAN BUDDHIST SCHOOL MANALI
Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Center
Manali, Himachel Pradesh, India

LO MONTHANG COMMUNITY CENTER
Kamzang-sponsored Solar Project in Lo Monthang
(the Community Center sponsored by Room to Read & the American Himamlayan Foundation)

SIDDHARTHA KULU MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
Dolpo, Nepal

PHUKTAL GOMPA SCHOOL
Zanskar, Indian Himalaya

Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com
fund@kamzang.com

Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay & Thank You!

Kamzang Earthquake Aid

 


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Kamzang Earthquake Aid
The Kamzang Fund is raising funds via Kamzang Earthquake Aid (link to the LIVE Facebook page) to help aid and rebuild Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of April 25 & May 12, 2015.
100% of your contributions go to Nepal!


Who is Kamzang Earthquake Aid?

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Destroyed in Earthquake - Kamzang List
The group of people who lost their houses includes several of our Kamzang Kids and several Nepalis who we helped through the Kamzang Fund who either lost their house or suffered serious earthquake damage.

Kamzang Staff

Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa| Family house in Thame, Khumbu
Junar & Maile Basnet | Family house in Nele Solu
Suresh Basnet | Family house in BJ Kharka, Solu
Yam & Chhatre Khulal | Family house in Nele, Solu
Pasang, Saile & Kaile Tamang | Family house in Palep, Rasuwa
Pemba Tamang | Family house in Gatlang, Rasuwa
Tshering Sherpa | House in Chhuserma & family house in Lukla, Khumbu
Phu Tashi Sherpa| House in Pangboche, Khumbu
Mingma Sherpa | House in Thame
Tamang Staff | All family houses in Rawuwa (Galtang & Palep)
-- Many lives lost including two daughters of Hari Bahadur Tamang --

Kamzang Kids

Dawa Yangii & Nimalee Sherpa | Family house in Monjo, Khumbu
Mingma Choki Sherpa | Family house in Thame, Khumbu
Zangmu Sherpa | House in Thame, Khumbu
Phura Diki Sherpa | House in Jorsale, Khumbu

Extended Family
Some of the staff of the Kathmandu Guest House

Kamzang Medical Aid & Projects

Nyima Dikki | House in Samdo, Manaslu
Dil Maya Gurung | House in Korla, Manaslu
Gompa Lungdang Nuns (Tsum Valley Nuns Project) Gompa partially destroyed, trails to gompa damaged. Tsum Valley, Manaslu

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Kamzang Earthquake Aid  | Projects

1 - FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE for rebuilding 'Kamzang family' houses in several regions (Solu, Khumbu, Manaslu & Rasuwa)
36 Families Reached

2 - BUILDING SCHOOLS in Tipling, Dhading
Helping Beni Ghale of Steps Foundation Nepal in her heroic efforts to raise funds to bring a structural engineer to Tipling and rebuild THREE SCHOOLS in one the most remote and largest village of Dhading district, Ganesh Himal (Ruby Valley) region.
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP US ACHIEVE THIS GOAL
Founder of this Project
Steps Foundation Nepal
Partner in this Project
Friend from New Zealand

3 - REBUILDING SCHOOL in Upper Dolpo
The wonderful Tabriza Cultural School in Lower Dolpo was one of the only schools in Dolpo to be severely damaged by the earthquake. This school provides education for children all over the Dolpo region, and is always in need of funding.
Kamzang Earthquake Aid donated a large sum of money (via friend from New Zealand) to help build new buildings for the coming winter.
Partner in this Project
Friend from New Zealand

4 - FOOD & TARPS to our 22 porters living in Gatlang & Ramche Tamang villages in Rasuwa, Langtang
Partners in this Project
Mountain People Norway | Sian & Bob
FINANCIAL AID to REBUILD to our Gatlang porters

5 - WATER PROJECT in MAJHI FISHING VILLAGES
 
These fishing villages had serious water issues, with no water in Dumre village, a broken well in the village across the river (Bhotetar).
We brought in a civil engineer specializing in water, assessed the damage and provided water to both villages!
 We bought a piece of land with water access 2 1/2 kilometers away from Dumre and provided about 3 km of pipeline to the village. The villagers did all the work to save money, and they now have running water to 8 different parts of the village!
Bhotetar also has new water tanks and running water to their several village taps!

Partner in this Project
Maya Greet Verbist Fund


6 - FOOD SUPPLIES to two MAHJI FISHING VILLAGES in Kavre & Sindhapulchowk
Photo Essay & Report | Majhi Fishing Villages

7 - MEDICAL COMPENSATION to MAHJI villages
(FINANCIAL AID given directly to villagers who sustained injuries due to the earthquake)
SCHOOL SUPPLIES to MAJHI villages
Photo Essay & Report | Majhi Fishing Villages

8 - FOOD SUPPLIES & MEDICAL AID to Tamang village of Palep in Rawuwa, Langtang
Our porters on most camping treks come from Palep, so this cause is very close to our hearts.
The village needs to relocate but doesn't yet have a new location. We brought food for several weeks, a medical kit to keep at the school and some things for the kids.
Photo Essay & Report | Palep, Tamang Village

9 - FINANCIAL AID to REBUILD SCHOOL in Palep, Langtang
We are coordinating with one of the local teachers to help rebuild their school in a new location. The school has already received partial supplies from a Swiss Organization.
Photo Essay & Report | Palep, Tamang Village

10 - TARPS to BJ Kharka, Solu (60 houses) & TARPS where needed locally in Kathmandu
Partner in this Project
Trailrunning Nepal

11 - FOOD SUPPLIES via helicopter to Samdo, Nupri, Manaslu
We also brought BAKUS (Tibetan outfits, also called CHUBAS) to the women of Samdo, donated by Manangi friends, a small medical kit and some things for the kids.
Partners in this Project
Norwegian Medical Mountaineering Aid
Photo Essay & Report | Samdo Tibetan Village | Manaslu Region

12 - TENTS, SOLAR & FOOD SUPPLIES via helicopter to the five remaining nuns of Deboche Monastery, Khumbu.
Thanks to Pasang Tsering Sherpa (see below link) for coordination with these nuns & for the communal tent.
Partners in this Project
Volunteers for Voiceless Victims Nepal

13 - FINANCIAL AID  to REBUILD monks quarters of Thame Gompa, destroyed by the earthquake
Partner in this Project
Khumbu Adventures

14 - A WEEK OF MEALS to vulnerable Kathmandu-based non-profit organization which houses and feeds the disabled in Nepal.
Khagendra New Life Home

15 - Supporting efforts to coordinate VOLUNTEER REBUILDING in the Khumbu (Everest) region
Contact: Pasang Tsering Sherpa
Volunteers for Voiceless Victims Nepal

16 - PERSON TO PERSON DONATIONS
Kamzang Journeys has always been about helping people who have fallen between the cracks. We continue to do this by helping people we meet along the way with small donations to make ends meet.

17 - TREK FOR NEPAL!
Trek for Nepal!
We encourage trekkers to RAISE MONEY at home to donate, and we are donating 5% of the trek price directly to our Kamzang family to help them rebuild their homes.
Participants
Nan Sequin, Sylvie Lucas & Janine Jobson

18 - CLOTHES FOR NEPAL!
Collecting clothes from overseas & Nepal to donate to villagers who lost homes and possessions, including traditional Tibetan outfits
Partners in this Project
Maya Greet Verbist Fund & Manangi Friends

19 - Artisan Program (Pending)
We would like to donate to NayanTara's Yellow House ARTISAN PROGRAM to teach the skills of masonry, carpentry, wood carving, stone carving and metal casting to students from the affected earthquake regions. She is running this EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM with the Nepal Vocational Academy & the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust.
NayanTara's Artisan Project

NOTE: We don't have enough funds to support this program, but will keep it on the list as I think it's a worthwhile organization and a great long-term project for Nepal. There are many other organizations like this in Nepal, too many to attempt to name here.

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Photo Galleries & Trip Reports | Google+

Majhi Fishing Villages
Photo essay of two lower-caste fishing villages on the border of Sindhapulchowk & Kavre districts

Palep, Tamang Village | Langtang Region
Photo essay of our visit to supply aid to a Tamang village in Langtang Region

Samdo Tibetan Village | Manaslu Region
Photo essay of our helicopter drop of aid to a remote Tibetan village in Upper Manaslu

Sankhu, Newari Town | Kathmandu Valley
Photo essay of a historic, exquisitely beautiful Newari town in the Kathmandu Valley

Durbar Square | Kathmandu
Photo essay of Kathmandu's iconic Durbar Square

GHT: Kanchenjunga to Makalu Barun Trek
(Our 'Nepal Earthquake Trek')


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Majhi Fishing Villages (Sindhapulchowk & Kavre) - Nepal Earthquake Relief
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Palep, Tamang Village - Nepal Earthquake Relief
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Samdo, Manaslu Region - Nepal Earthquake Relief
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Sankhu, Newari Village - Post Earthquake
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Durbar Square - Post Earthquake
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Kathmandu (General) - Post Earthquake
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Tarps for Kathmandu - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

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Donate Clothes for Nepal!
We will accept all clothing donations for Nepal and will distribute to earthquake affected villages personally or via friends at Nyano Sansar.
Options
1 - Collect good quality clothes from home & bring a full duffel bag
2 - Purchase fleeces, jackets & clothes from Kathmandu to support local economy
3 - Both
Nyano Sansar

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Kamzang Earthquake Aid - Overview
STEP 1: IMMEDIATE AID
We were trekking for the first 3 weeks of this enormous initiative so apart from some quick aid, we've left that to the experts. This phase is almost 'finished' now but many 'reporters' are still finding villages that have been left out, villagers are often finding ways to communicate their needs.

After immediate aid to our Tamang porters (rice, tarps, various supplies and solar lights), and seven of our Marmot Thor2 tents to the staff who needed them after their houses were damaged in Kathmandu, we will help our Kamzang family rebuild their houses and their lives with financial aid and whatever else is needed.

Our immediate focus was aiding the Tamang villages of Gatlang and Ramche in Rasuwa (Langtang region) where all of the houses and many lives were tragically lost. All of our staff (porters, Pemba, Pasang) will receive some financial aid to help rebuild their homes. These two villages in particular have been well supported by many local and international organizations, and are on the road to recovery.

Additionally, we supplied our Kamzang staff & Kamzang Kids with some financial aid to start with the rebuilding in their houses in Solu and Khumbu. Both regions sustained serious damage from the first and second earthquakes. Next we sent enough tarps for the entire village of BJ Kharka in Solu (60 houses).

We are supplying a village of fishermen (112 houses) on the Kavre | Sindhapulchowk border with rice, food supplies & a bit of medical aid in partnership with two other local organizations. We've distributed small amounts of tarps, clothing, walking poles to locals and tented camps around Kathmandu when we have seen a need.

We supplied the 2 fishing villages with financial aid to compensate for medical expenses after the earthquake.

STEP 2: REBUILDING
This is the BIG step, and many BIG organizations including the government, the UN, big and small NGOs & INGOs will participate in the process. We want to make sure we get things right in terms of where your money goes so have been networking, collecting and sharing information and coordinating with other small organizations for the past 10 days. Progress, slowly (see below).

We're also consulting with the Canadian Builders without Borders, who will arrive in Kathmandu in a week. They work at earthquake sites around the world.

STEP 3: SCHOOLS & HEALTH POSTS
We have a donation earmarked for rebuilding a school so will be consulting with local organizations who will, in turn, consult with the government. We believe this joint involvement will be essential in rebuilding Nepal.

More Information ...

 Kamzang Earthquake Aid has also worked with and been aided & advised (thank you!!) on Rasuwa (Langtang Region) with Mountain People Norway, Sian & Bob & AZIMUT as well as supplying some immediate relief in Gatlang & Ramche villages, Rasuwa. For Rasuwa (Langtang region, where our porters live) we are encouraging people to donate directly to Rasuwa Relief.

We communicated directly with World Food Organization (although they are now working with TAAN & NMA), Karma Flights, NYANO SANSAR, Khusi Hona and Tsum Nubri Relief (Sonam Lama of Tsum Valley Homestay) about how to best get aid to Manaslu & Tsum.

Gorkha & Lower Manaslu has gotten lots of aid as Barpak, Laprak and the nearby villages were at the epicenter of the first earthquake. They are all rebuilding, and the latest news is that supply roads for jeeps are open almost all the way to Laprak, and Singla, Khorla & Uiya are accessible by mule trains, or at least trails to Uiya. Many groups are doing helicopter drops in this region so these villages are surviving and gearing up for the monsoon now. Again, please donate directly to Barpak & Laprak!

The Solu Khumbu region seems pretty well covered by (these are just a few of the larger ones, there are MANY really good ones but I don't have time to list them all) the Dzi Foundation, Thame Sherpa Heritage Fund, Himalayan Trust and Juniper Trust.
Of course the various branches of the American Himalayan Foundation (as well as the Australian, etc) are active in the region also.

Project Himalaya also has a relief effort which Jamie set up to help his staff's region & to support Dawa's High Altitude Mountain Workers Welfare Association, a great cause. KINA builds schools & supports girls in Solu Khumbu (& other regions). Detroit2Nepal focuses on Khotang.

In Sakhu, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Gorkha, Okhaldunga, Bhaktapur, Nuwakot, Kathmandu, Ramechap, Lalitpur, Rawuwa, Dolka, Makwanpur, Sinduli, Solukhumbu, these are some of the good organizations which are are providing emergency relief and building schools. : Grassroots Movement in Nepal, Khusi Hona, NYANO SANSAR

 The Last Resort Quake Fund is deeply involved in Sindhupalchowk, and Borderlands is also doing great relief efforts. Dwarika's has a massive project with five Sindhupalchowk villages in a camp in Kathmandu and in those villages. 

In Helambu, the endlessly engergetic Lizzy has been doing great work with Helambu Education and Livelihood Project & Helambu Solu Khumbu Relief Fund

The incredibly inspiring & effective Yellow House initiative, with their Himalayan Disaster Relief Volunteer Group has been one of the most effective & wide-ranging organizations (all volunteers) in Nepal!

And in Kathmandu good friend Maya has been doing great work, has the worthwhile incentives on a list, and funded!

There are so many more, just listing a very few ...

We are doing what we can in Kathmandu, distributing tarps before the monsoons to individuals in camps which have been neglected due to more important aid requirements in the many regions surrounding Kathmandu to the north, east and west, and partnering with organizations such as Norwegian Medical Mountaineering Aid to assist with essential helicopter drops of food, shelter & medical aid to some of Nepal's most remote regions (see Facebook page for updates). We've also been coordinating with several other Kathmandu-based organizations, and have been networking with a large group of friends (new and old) who have been sourcing things like solar lights, funding local initiatives (note (Maya & BJ) and generally giving all they have to rebuild Nepal. Richard Bull of Trailrunning Nepal
kindly donated 100 tents which went up to Solu and have been distributed here in Kathmandu at the many tented 'camps' also in need of aid before the monsoon!

The list is too long to start really naming people here.
We all achieve more by working together ...

PLEASE feel free to directly support any of these organizations!

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An Earthquake Story: Dawa Yangii
Dawa Yangii, one of our Kamzang Kids from Monjo in the Khumbu region, was in Kathmandu during the April 25 earthquake. She was buying fruit and heading to buy medicine for her 6-year-old cousin near Chhretrapati (near Thamel) in Kathmandu. The small fruit shop which she was standing inside DURING the quake collapsed seconds after she ran outside. She had to get out so quickly that she lost her bag with money, phone, ID and other belongings. But at least she survived!

General Updates: Kathmandu & Nepal
See our Kamzang Earthquake Aid page on Facebook for daily updates on who is doing what, where, how, what projects are worth noticing, who we suggest donating directly to. And lots of other information from our Kathmandu base, where one of the most important things we can do is to actively listen to stories, hear what locals have to say, ask questions and take action.

I am trying to supply as much relevant information for the general public on what is happening on the ground in Kathmandu, on what needs desperate attention, to share relevant posts, articles, videos and photo blogs.

Depending on how much we raise, we will contribute to some of the local organizations above, and are looking for a school to help rebuild. The more the world is aware, the more people will donate to Nepal. With this support Nepal & Nepalis can rebuild Nepal!

The energy in Kathmandu and Nepal is palpable, the creative Nepalis in all sectors are doing incredible work to keep Nepal positive, keep people active in volunteer work, share innovative ideas from architecture to woman's 'health packages'.
So much ...

(Sorry if you don't use Facebook, but it seems to be the most effective platform to post, connect, work & help during this period!)

Earthquake Updates from Kim in Kathmandu
(from last newsletter)
Thank you for all of your thoughts, messages & concern while we were trekking on our GHT: Kanchenjunga to Makalu trek during both of the earthquakes. It was another exciting trek (the one before being in Mustang during the heavy snows), and another intensely beautiful one. Since being back in Kathmandu we have been working non-stop on earthquake relief: on informing ourselves, raising immediate funds, getting supplies liek rice & tarps out to where they’re needed immediately. We’re using a very grass-roots platform which seems to be working, and partnering & (attempting to) coordinate with other small groups that are volunteering in Nepal. It’s been very inspiring being back in Kathmandu; both Nepalis & Westerners coming together and being very innovative, progressive & positive in their attempts to give aid. Only the government and the larger INGOs seems to be moving slowly, funds, transport & supplies mired in red tape, keeping funds tucked away somewhere for a rainy day.

Kathmandu seems quite normal on the surface, the once-royal palace walls are down in many places near my Lazimpat house, Kathmandu Guest House is demolishing the entire older section of the guesthouse (all but the new luxury rooms and new-ish rooms just in back of the garden and plan to reopen fully in a year, with a huge garden, beautiful rooms and an earthquake-proof new structure. They will be partially open in the new wing this Autumn.

Thamel a bit rubbly, several buildings in the narrow streets have collapsed, the narrow streets and high buildings still make me nervous when cycling through. But there are plenty of  tourists in town, and most of the restaurants are open again. Lazimpat, where I live, and north into Budhanilkhantha is mostly undamaged, was much more of a disaster during the 2-3 years of road widening!  Most of the pools all cracked and not in use.

En route to Boudhanath there are collapsed buildings down but its sporadic. These are mostly brick or badly, cheaply built buildings and most are being demolished. Tent camps have sprung up near Boudha & the Hyatt (big ones) and all around Kathmandu, in various conditions. One near New Road in Ratna Park is clean, guarded, has toilets & health posts, grass and plenty of room. Inside Durbar Square people are camped close together and the conditions aren't very good. Chuchparti Park near Boudha & the Hyatt is very crowded, with report of 800 tents & 4000+ people although it's hard to know if this is an accurate assessment as the camp is so crowded. Photos of a few of the camps, and people staying anywhere they can, as we distributed a few tarps.

Finally a chance to make a dusk visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square after the quakes, a week after returning to Kathmandu from our GHT: Kanchenjunga to Makalu trek. This is nearly a month to the day after Nepal’s tragic 25 April 2015 earthquake. What I found was not as tragic as I expected, with locals selling their vegetables and goods amidst the ruins, some even selling out of their old, brick shops in the historic section. When asked ‘aren’t you scared?’, they laughed and responded ‘no, can you bring me my photo?’.

The old bricks of our exquisite temples and monuments will be replaced with new bricks, age-old wood will be fitted back into place, and the World Heritage sites will be rebuilt. Durbar Square will soon be its same beautiful social square, safer and possible vehicle free (this is only conjecture).

The first photos taken at the Ratna Park camp just outside Durbar Square, which were clean, not at all crowded, well guarded by Nepali military and supplied with clean water, toilets and medical posts. Plenty of room still on grassy spots, Chinese tents that house up to 20 people, various private tarps and tents.

The last few photos are of the Army Hospital & Durbar High School just outside Durbar Square, both historic buildings. The military has also lost family homes, haven’t received aid from the Nepali government but were still working for Nepal. Inspiring, all around.

Durbar Square has always been in my back yard, whether living in Thamel or Lazimpat ... Many atmospheric morning runs, evening walks, daytime shopping trips, sanity stops amidst trek & work chaos spent here as well as just passing through on my bike en route somewhere else.  Many stories, big smiles & lots of optimism!
Durbar Square

Rubble is being cleared every day; we missed experiencing what Kathmandu really looked like post-quakes. Aftershocks are still coming daily, five yesterday, the last a 5.0 which hit Rasuwa yet again. Some are felt, others not. My earthquake alarm goes off once in a while but often doesn't detect the 4+ jolts.

The villages are what was most severely effected, and there were tragedies in so many regions, and yet so much hope. I've spent hours (and hours) watching footage of the quakes & relief efforts, reading articles, commentaries, reports, finding out what others are doing. There’s so much information to digest. Seeing the photos and videos is very poignant, especially of Langtang village which was totally wiped out. NYT (New York Times) has an interactive article with about 10 short video clips of the quake.

Lhakpa, Nuru & I went on a fact-finding mission the other day to the tented camps (tarps mostly, but often larger trekking tents & dome tents) and handed out several tarps to people who clearly needed them. There are issues to resolve with the supporting 'committees' at several of these camps, so this has been somewhat frustrating.

Each day we reach new milestones of understanding, many days end in compete frustration, most of the time I am totally overwhelmed and rely on friends here in Kathmandu to reboot!


Indian Summer Treks
Yes, they're all running even though there are some 'bridge issues' in the region. They won't affect our Nomads, Lakes & High Passes trek at all, and there is only a small chance we will have to reroute for 1-2 days on the Ultimate Ladakh trek.

As always, we're running this trek in our unique 'Kamzang-style', with the best trekking food in the Himalaya (or so we're told) and a great camping set-up!
Come TREK!

Limited spots left on this trek which Kim & Lhakpa are leading, so get in touch soon if you'd like to sign up ...

How to Donate
Please donate to Nepal!
We can achieve so much with your contributions!
You don't need to donate to us, there are so many other grass-roots organizations (as well as a few larger INGOs) that are doing amazing, inspiring and important things.
We will also contribute to some of these organizations once we have helped to rebuild in certain regions, and are looking for a school to help rebuild.

How to Donate to the Kamzang Earthquake Aid

1 - Send a check in $US:
Make out to Kim Bannister
Mail to Kim Bannister
PO Box 1178
Rockport, ME 04856

2 - Transfer via PayPal:
(Keep in mind we lose 3-4% of the funds via PayPal)
Transfer to kamzangkim@gmail.com

3 - Transfer to Kim's $US First Bank Account:
Inquire for banking information

 

4 - Clear View Project
Friends have a 501c 3 account set up which will accept donations for Kamzang Fund.
Email kim@kamzang.com for details

Please contribute!
As always, 100% of your donations go where we feel they are most needed .

 

Where were we during the quakes?
Many people asked about where we were during the two quakes. All of the staff, including a group of 20 Tamang porters, and I were trekking the GHT: Kanchenjunga to Makalu trek which started 20 April from Bhadrapur in the far east of Nepal. When the first earthquake struck on 25 April we were just arriving in Kyapra (or Gyabla) in Kanchenjunga, a day's walk before Gunsa. We were all fine but there were big shakes and we all barely escaped a large rockfall on a slide region that we had just walked UP (not across). The porters were almost all behind and came carefully over the slide area after the quake.

The next day for the 6.7 aftershock we were camping in Phale (Phole) at Phuntsok's house, and watched as his wooden house shook from side to side. But nothing fell down there, nor higher up in Ghunsa or in fact almost anywhere else in Kanchenjunga or Makalu (Arun). After the second aftershock we gave the Tamang porters from Rasuwa the option to return home with full pay, but they decided to stay as they really had no reliable information.

 

Thank you all!
Namaste ...
 

Tsum Valley Nuns (Gompa Lungdang)

Nyima Dikki of Samdo



Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com
fund@kamzang.com

 
Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay & Thank You!

Donate to Nepal!

 

 

Kamzang Earthquake Aid

The Kamzang Fund is raising funds via Kamzang Earthquake Aid (link to the LIVE Facebook page) to help aid and rebuild Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of April 25 & May 12, 2015.
Kamzang Earthquake Aid
100% of your contributions go to Nepal!

-- That means I (Kim, and my staff) do NOT take a salary for 2 months work in Nepal, do NOT pay my rent, do NOT take donors out to dinner, do NOT drive in white SUVs. Instead I DO cycle around Kathmandu on my bike  --

Kamzang Relief Treks | Trek for Nepal!

Sherpa Everest Base Camp Trek
Hillary & Norgay Trek (Jiri to Everest Base Camp)
Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Sherpa Boutique Trek
Annapurna Peaks & Villages Trek
WE donate 5% to earthquake aid!
YOU raise money at home!

Donate Clothes for Nepal!

We will accept all clothing donations for Nepal and will distribute to earthquake affected villages personally or via friends at Nyano Sansar.
Options
1 - Collect good quality clothes from home & bring a full duffel bag
2 - Purchase fleeces, jackets & clothes from Kathmandu to support local economy
3 - BOTH!
Nyano Sansar

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How to Donate

Please donate to Nepal!
We can achieve so much at a grassroots level with your contributions.
You don't need to donate directly to us if you have other organizations in mind. There are many grass-roots organizations (as well as a few larger INGOs) that are doing amazing, inspiring and important things.

If you do donate to us you can be assured that 100% of your donation is going to a worthwhile project, village or person.


How to Donate to the Kamzang Earthquake Aid

1 - Send a check in $US:
Make out to Kim Bannister
Mail to Kim Bannister
PO Box 1178
Rockport, ME 04856

2 - Transfer via PayPal:
(Keep in mind we lose 3-4% of the funds via PayPal sent normally. Donate as a 'gift' for no fees on our end)
Transfer to kamzangkim@gmail.com
For $750 or $1000 donation (same as trek deposit) my page is already set up on PayPay

3 - Transfer to Kim's $US FIRST bank account:
Inquire for banking information

4 - Clear View Project Donations for Kamzang Earthquake Aid
Friends have a 501c 3 account which will accept donations for Kamzang Earthquake Aid
How?
Donate to Clear View Project
NOTE: After completing the donation send an email to alan@clearviewproject.org stating you have just donated XX amount to Clear View to go to Kamzang Earthquake Aid. Please CC my friend Bob Rosenbaum (brosenbaum1@mac.com) on that email.

Please contribute!
As always, 100% of your donations go where we feel they are most needed ...


Thank You All for Your Donations!
Maya & BJ's Fund
Murray Winks & Ida Kristensen
Andreas Herzberger
Lana Hinton & Perth Friends
David Roberts & Kathy Fung Roberts
Chris Roderick & Carole Rollins
Howard Lichter & Bec Friberg
Bill Miller
Annette Lommerin
Jennelle Thomson
Kim Calise Veber
Vernon Gregoire
Wayne Gregoire
Bruce Bickel
Martin Stubbings
Annie Kaczmarski
Paul Krinjen
Steve Morrison
Steve Cirian
Jeanie Barnett
Anna Herzog
Gareth & Kristin Bannister
Lynn & David Bannister
Gail Wager
Brook Wager
Judie Hazen
Jeff Bickel
Andy Boettger
Carla Piedrahita
Mr Bob (Culbert)
John Turek
Gina Trengrove
Els Vandercruys
Katie Adams
Susan Leibik
Nicky Clement
Celesta Fong
June Dickinson
Katie Adams
Marcy Berkman
Christine Mead
Charlene Deck
Bilaal & Naaziah Busawan
Graham Parker
Dennis & Esther Beveridge
Anne Prendergast & Stan
Art & Hilje Zur Muhlen
Diana Pavlou
Sally Schuff
David Dingby
Marv Godner
Velvet Simms
Tim Sullivan
Sandra Theunissen & Friends
Leigh Blake & Friends
Kimberly McConkhie
Graham North
Sue Wise
Alan Kerr
Anne Whiting Richardson
Paul Murrill & Claire Moore
Debbie & Bob Kopp
Suzanne Clarke
Toni Quinn
Emma Boustead
Sole Lienlaff
Marieke Dijkstra
Diana Pavlov
Peter & Bev Bennion
Kate Clarke (donated to Dzi Foundation in our name)

Donation for School
Rita Evans
Tabriza Cultural School - Upper Dolpo

Direct Donations to Kamzang Staff
David Reseigh
Lana Hinton
Everest High Passes 2014 Group
(Tom Barrett, David & Kathy Roberts, Tyler Chong, Paul Dunphey & Susan Leibik)

Adopt a Goat Donations
2015

Lorraine Horn
Mike Donovan
Paul Dunphey
Annie Kaczmarski
Howard Lichter & Bec Friberg
Mr Bob (Culbert)
Sue Wise

2016
Michelle Bostick
Kathy McIntyre
Paul Dunphey
Howard Lichter & Bec Friberg
Helah Tavalol
Kevin McCoy
Mary Gedes
Bob Culbert


NOTE: Several trekkers have donated directly to Lhakpa to rebuild his mother's home in Thame since they know his mother personally; since they donated privately I will not list here unless requested. But am happy to, please advise!

MANY other people have indicated that they wanted to help, and MANY of our friends have donated to other organizations, or are helping to spread the word. I wish I could list everyone who is helping Nepal in so many different ways, the list is long and inspiring!

If you have donated and are not yet on the list, we are waiting for a check, a Western Union transfer (free for 4 more days!) or a bank transfer to arrive. I will update the list soon ...

Collected to Date - $34,314

Spent to Date -
$34,318

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Photo Galleries & Trip Reports | Google+

Majhi Fishing Villages
Photo essay of two lower-caste fishing villages on the border of Sindhapulchowk & Kavre districts

Palep, Tamang Village | Langtang Region
Photo essay of our visit to supply aid to a Tamang village in Langtang Region

Samdo Tibetan Village | Manaslu Region
Photo essay of our helicopter drop of aid to a remote Tibetan village in Upper Manaslu

Sankhu, Newari Town | Kathmandu Valley
Photo essay of a historic, exquisitely beautiful Newari town in the Kathmandu Valley

Durbar Square | Kathmandu
Photo essay of Kathmandu's iconic Durbar Square

GHT: Kanchenjunga to Makalu Barun Trek
(Our 'Nepal Earthquake Trek')

 

Photo Galleries | Facebook

Majhi Fishing Villages (Sindhapulchowk & Kavre) - Nepal Earthquake Relief
Facebook Gallery

Palep, Tamang Village - Nepal Earthquake Relief
Facebook Gallery

Samdo, Manaslu Region - Nepal Earthquake Relief
Facebook Gallery

Sankhu, Newari Village - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

Durbar Square - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

Kathmandu (General) - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

Tarps for Kathmandu - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery


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 Kamzang Earthquake Aid Facebook Page
Kamzang Earthquake Aid

Come back to Nepal.
We need you!

 

Tsum Valley Nuns (Gompa Lungdang)

Nyima Dikki of Samdo



Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com
fund@kamzang.com

 
Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay & Thank You!

Trek for Nepal!

 


 Nepal is still one of the WORLD'S TOP DESTINATIONS for trekking, mountaineering, cultural excursions, adventure sports & just relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of this diverse Himalayan country!

Many regions of Nepal were untouched, totally unaffected, by the earthquakes, including some of the best trekking regions on the planet.
Nepal's #1 source of income is TOURISM.
Please help us promote Nepal by TREKKING IN NEPAL this Autumn!


Kamzang Relief Treks |
Trek for Nepal!

Sherpa Everest Base Camp Trek
Hillary & Norgay Trek (Jiri to Everest Base Camp)
Everest Gokyo Lakes Trek
Everest Sherpa Boutique Trek
Annapurna Peaks & Villages Trek

WE donate 5% to earthquake aid!
YOU raise money at home!

Kamzang Earthquake Aid
The Kamzang Fund is raising funds via Kamzang Earthquake Aid (link to the LIVE Facebook page) to help aid and rebuild Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of April 25 & May 12, 2015.
Kamzang Earthquake Aid
100% of your contributions go to Nepal!

 

Donate Clothes for Nepal!
We will accept all clothing donations for Nepal and will distribute to earthquake affected villages personally or via friends at Nyano Sansar.
Options
1 - Collect good quality clothes from home & bring a full duffel bag
2 - Purchase fleeces, jackets & clothes from Kathmandu to support local economy
3 - BOTH!
Nyano Sansar

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How to Donate
Please donate to Nepal!
We can achieve so much with your contributions.
You don't need to donate to us, there are so many other grass-roots organizations (as well as a few larger INGOs) that are doing amazing, inspiring and important things.
We will also contribute to some of these organizations once we have helped to rebuild in certain regions, and are looking for a school to help rebuild.

How to Donate to the Kamzang Earthquake Aid

1 - Send a check in $US:
Make out to Kim Bannister
Mail to Kim Bannister
PO Box 1178
Rockport, ME 04856

2 - Transfer via PayPal:
(Keep in mind we lose 3-4% of the funds via PayPal)
Transfer to kamzangkim@gmail.com
For $750 or $1000 donation (same as trek deposit) my page is already set up on PayPay

3 - Transfer to Kim's $US FIRST bank account:
Inquire for banking information

4 - Clear View Project Donations for Kamzang Earthquake Aid
Friends have a 501c 3 account set up which will accept donations for Kamzang Fund.
Email kim@kamzang.com for details

Please contribute!
As always, 100% of your donations go where we feel they are most needed ...


Thanks for the Donations!
Maya & BJ's Fund
Andreas Herzberger
Lana Hinton & group
Kim Calise Veber
Vernon Gregoire
Bruce Bickel
Martin Stubbings
Annie Kaczmarski
Graeme Mitchell
David & Kathy Roberts
Paul Krinjen
Annette Ranelli Lommerin
Steve Morrison
Steve Cirian
Jeanie Barnett
Anna Herzog
Howard Lichter
Carla Piedrahita
Bob Culbert
Lorraine Horn
Mike Donovan
Paul Dunphey
Gina Trengrove
Els Vandercruys (coming)
Gail Wager
Susan Leibik
Nicky Clement
Celesta Fong
June Dickinson
Katie Adams
Marcy Berkman
Christine Mead
Gareth & Kristin Bannister
John Turek
Charlene Deck
Bilaal & Naziaah
Jeff Bickel
Andrew J. Boettger (coming)
Craig Hastings (coming)
Mark & Shannon Linford (coming)
Kezia Pearce (coming)
Dennis & Esther Beveridge (coming)
Mimi St John-Austen (coming)
Murray Winks & Ida (coming)
Paul Murray (coming)
Ivan Bunner (coming)
Rita Evans (coming)
Leigh Blake & group (coming)
Sue Wise (coming)


NOTE: Several trekkers have donated directly to Lhakpa to rebuild his mother's home in Thame since they know his mother personally; since they donated privately I will not list here unless requested. But am happy to, please advise!

MANY other people have indicated that they wanted to help, and MANY of our friends have donated to other organizations, or are helping to spread the word. I wish I could list everyone who is helping Nepal in so many different ways, the list is long and inspiring!

If you have donated and are not yet on the list, we are waiting for a check, a Western Union transfer (free for 4 more days!) or a bank transfer to arrive. I will update the list soon ...

Collected to Date - $19,818
($1000 set aside for a school)


Spent to Date -
$16,910

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Photo Galleries

Majhi Fishing Villages (Sindhapulchowk & Kavre)
Facebook Gallery

Durbar Square - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

Kathmandu (General) - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

Tarps for Kathmandu
Facebook Gallery

Kathmandu Guest House - Post Earthquake
Facebook Gallery

Google+ Photo Galleries

Majhi Fishing Village
(Sindhapulchowk & Kavre)

Durbar Square - Kathmandu

GHT: Kanchenjunga to Makalu Barun Trek
(Where we were during the quake)

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Life Info on Kamzang Earthquake Aid

Come back to Nepal.
We need you!

 

Tsum Valley Nuns (Gompa Lungdang)

Nyima Dikki of Samdo



Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com
fund@kamzang.com

 
Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay & Thank You!

Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Kids (Sponsor Us!)


Looking for Sponsors | Please Get in Touch!
Tsering Sangmo (Upper Dolpo, Nepal)  - Study English in Kathmandu
Chhunku Ukyab (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) - Fashion Design in Kathmandu
Abinath Basnet (Solu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu (Junar's Son)
Susma Gurung (Lower Dolpo, Nepal) - Education at Tabriza School, Dolpo
Tsering Kondo (Upper Mustang, Nepal) - Education in Upper Mustang, Dolpo
Dorji Gyaltsen (Upper Dolpo, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu
Lhamo Bhuti (Kanchenjunga, Nepal) - Education in Darjeeling, Tibetan Community
The Samdo Kids (Nupri, Manaslu, Nepal) - Education
Mamta Basnet - Maile's Daughter (Solu, Nepal) - Education in Solu, Nepal
Nimalee Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu
Phura Tashi + Tsewang Palmo Sherpa (Khumbu, Nepal) - Education in Kathmandu
Lobsang Dolma (Ladakh, India) - Medical School Overseas (Has Scholarship to UK 2016)
Lobsang Dolma's BLOG

Looking for Medical Aid
Tsewang Gyinzom (Upper Dolpo, Nepal) - Goiter

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Please inquire about which children need sponsorship and what it will cost as there are many forms of sponsorship, and the costs vary from region to region. Help can take many forms, from full school sponsorship to helping with books and school uniforms, or helping with medical issues. You can even sponsor a Tibetan Buddhist monk, or their monastery.  We help find funding or supplies for schools, and act as an intermediary for you to find ways to help.

Email Kim (kim@kamzang.com) if you'd like to  help to change the life of a child in the Himalaya.
Consider getting your family to sponsor a child in the Himalaya instead of a Christmas present this year!

There are many children, many causes. Please help sponsor a child in the Himalaya.
And please, spread the word.

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Namaste - Tashi Delek - Jullay


Kim (Nupri, Manaslu, Nepal, 2012)

Susma Gurung - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
Susma Gurung is from a small village in Dolpo, and had a severely cleft lip for the first 9 years of her life.
She's now back in Dolpo after a successful operation in Kathmandu. The funding for her operation was provided by some members of our
2011 + 2012 Upper Dolpo to Mustang treks as well as by a few other doners.
A big thanks to all, what a difference in Susma's life!

The Kamzang Fund + Kim have been supporting Susma's education at the wonderful Tabriza School in Lower Dolpo, and are actively looking for sponsors for the rest of her education. Please get in touch if you would like to help to sponsor Susma.

She  is now 11, growing up into such a beautiful young woman, and deserves a bright future ...

Susma Gurung Story + Photos
Facebook Album


Susma Gurung (Tabriza School in Lower Dolpo, 2013)

Chunkku Ukyab - Kanchenjunga, Nepal
Chunkku is a Tibetan girl from the very remote Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola in the Kanchenjunga region in the far east of Nepal. She started to lose her hearing in 2009-10 and now is almost completely deaf. She has been to see the top ear and hearing specialists in Kathmandu but there seems to be no chance of restoring her hearing as she has damaged her ear drum. Her father is the local Buddhist lama in the village so has very little income, and her mother weaves beautiful carpets to bring a little cash into the family. Besides this small income, they have nothing.
We promised to help Chunkku ...

In 2014 ago she made the long journey to Kathmandu with her mother and studied in Kathmandu in Class 11 + 12 at a collge school near Boudhanath. She is eager to keep learning, and wants to go to university after class 12 in two more years. We are looking for people to help with her further education. Kim,  The Kamzang Fund and several trekkers + friends (Kristin, Sole, Kevin, Els, Martin, Mr Bob ++) contributed funds to paid for these 2 years of education in Kathmandu ($1200 per year).

Chhunku is now looking for someone to help with her university payments to study fashion design in Kathmandu. She is extremely talented, very motivated to change her life, and was accepted into a local program, a 4 year course.

Please let me know if you'd like to help her continue her education in fashion design!
Sponsors for fashion program to date (Dec 2016)
Anne Henley
Mike Donovan
Yanchen Bhutia (+ Olangchun Gola Team)
Greg Woolstencroft
Kristin Stanley

Chhunku Ukyab Photos + Story
Facebook Album

Chunkku (at her parents' home in Olangchun Gola, Kanchenjunga)

Tsering Sangmo - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
We've known Tsering Sangmo for many years as she is the grand daughter of Saldang's respected amchi, or Tibetan doctor, who featured in the French movie 'Himalaya' many years ago. He is now quite elderly, the patriarch of a large family of lamas and amchis in Saldang.

Tsering Sangmo doesn't go to school because her family is poor, and need her to look after the goats and sheep, collect dung and help look after the family house. She is extremely bright, just an amazing girl, and we'd love to give her the chance to go to school. Her family would be happy to help her if they had financial aid, and Tsering Sangmo would love to attend school.

NOTE: After consultation with her grandfather in Saldang, Amchu Tundup, her mother and Tsering Sangmo, we've decided that bringing Tsering Sangmo to Kathmandu to learn English is the best option for Tsering as she is already 16+ years old, and without a formal education.
She is eager to learn another language which might help her get involved in tourism, or perhaps get a job in Kathmandu.

We've been supporting her so far with clothes for the winter ...

Please get in touch if you'd like to help!

Tsering Sangmo Story + Photos
Facebook Album

Tsering Sangmo (in Saldang, Upper Dolpo, 2015)

Tsering Kondo - Upper Mustang, Nepal
See Tsering Kondo's 'medical' story below; she has been hard of hearing from birth, and her condition was misunderstood by her parents and the villagers, assuming she wasn't bright.

The Kamzang Fund sent her to a public school at Chhomrong in Upper Mustang (with a donation from friend John T for a year) but her mother decided she would do better at their public school in Yara where she gets special attention from the teacher, who has been there for 17 years. Below is a photo from March 2015 - she's happy, looking beautiful and flourishing staying back home with her family.

We are looking for a full-time school sponsor for her to attend a better school in Pokhara or elsewhere soon. Her school in Yara is only a village school with 5 or so students and only goes up to class 5.

Tsering Kondo Story + Photos
Facebook Album

Tsering Kondo Mustangi (in Yara, Upper Mustang)

Dorje Gyalgen - Upper Dolpo, Nepal
Who's seen the movie 'Himalya', filmed in Dolpo, Nepal?

Chief Thinle's grandson Dorje Gyalgen (15, class 6) lives in Saldang and attends the local Saldang school. Though his grandfather was the once the star of a movie, the family still lives extremely simply in Dolpo without the money to send the grand kids to school in Kathmandu.

Kristin S, an old friend of Kim's, has contributed to the cause of sending Karma to school which has helped him over the last few years in Saldang, but his family has now run out of money and he has 'finished' his schooling after Class 6. This Autumn he was tending the yaks alone in a small kharka (seasonal settlement) far from Saldang, so sadly we didn't get to visit him.

We are looking for full-time school sponsorship for him in Kathmandu so he can at least finish his schooling through class 12.

Dorje Dorje Gyalgen (in Saldang, Upper Mustang)

Abinath Basnet - Solu Khumbu, Nepal
Junar's son Abinath has been helped in the past for his schooling in Kathmandu by Graham, a long time trekking friend. He also received a donation from the father son team of Ron and Charlie, other friends and trekkers. Charlie raised some money for the Kamzang Fund through a school project!

Abinath is doing well in school, living with Junar, his sister Ashika and his new mother in Kathmandu, and looking for a sponsor for his schooling. Please get in touch if you'd like to help this smart young boy!

Mamta Basnet - Solu, Nepal
So this isn't a great school photo, but they live up in the mountains and it's not easy to send photos.

Mamta is Maile's daughter (Junar's younger brother) and lives in their village in Solu Khumbu where she attends a local school. Maile doesn't make enough money to send his daughter to school in Kathmandu and feels that her education in Solu won't do much for her future. We're looking for a full-time sponsor for Mamta so she can get a better education in Kathmandu.


Mamta's 2015 school photo from the village

Lhamo Bhuti, Jhampa Namdol & Tenzin Topden + Kanchenjunga, Nepal
Lhamo Bhuti is studing in class 10 in Darjeeling, a good student who comes from a family of Tibetan refugees who migrated to the Kanchenjunga region after 1959. Kim is sponsoring her studies at the TCV school in Darjeeling for the moment until we find a sponsor to help her with further studies.

She has two younger brothers, Jhampa Namdol & Tenzin Topden, who also need sponsors. Their parents have a small house in the Kanchenjunga region but life is difficult and money scarce for Tibetan refugees, and education is a luxury.


Lhamo Bhuti in Kathmandu, 2013. Need a new photo!

Nimalee Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Nimalee Sherpa, Dawa Yangi's younger sister, was going to school in Namche Bazaar. but has recently left school to help her single mother with their small momo (dumpling) and tea shop.  She was sponsored by Graeme & Laura and was also helped, along with another Sherpa girl who is now sponsored for school in Kathmandu, by Jim W.

We're hoping she'll chose to go back to school, but whatever choices she makes we are standing behind her. Nimalee is now working at one of the Everest Summit Homes in the Everest (Khumbu) region, helping to support her mother and learning tourism and hospitality on her feet. We're proud of her choices, and hope that one day she will continue with her schooling!

Nimalee Sherpa (center, white, at Namche for the Saturday market with one of our trekkers approx 2012

Samdo Kids - Nupri, Manaslu
Our Samdo Kids (see Samdo Fund), the four Tibetan children of Nyima Diki & Tsewang Gyurme, are from the village of Samdo, Manaslu region, Nepal. Nyima Diki had post-partem depression for 4 years, and the couple spend all of their meager savings trying to discover what was wrong with her (see above). They live in a very poor Tibetan village a few hours from the border of Tibet. They really need sponsors for school in Kathmandu. The younger son is a monk in Sama Gaon village.

Clint R lived with the family for a year while doing resarch for a book on Samdo and helps them out regularly but his contributions aren't enough to send them to a good school. This family has very little, and really need help. Kim helps the oldest daughter with teh basics but we're still looking for sponsors for all three of the kids. Their father, our good friend Tsewang Gyurme, died tragically in early 2011 and now they need help more than ever ...

The Kamzang Fund helps to support Nyima Dikki and the oldest daughter, who is now at home helping her mother with the tea shop.


Nyima Diki with her son in Samdo, Manaslu

Tsewang Palmo + Phura Tashi Sherpa - Khumbu, Nepal
Two fabulously Sherpa cute kids Tsewang Palmo, 5, and her older brother, Phura Tashi, 8, were sponsored for school in Kathmandu by  Margherita from Italy. Their mother, Lhakpa Kanchi, tragically died in Nov 2013 from ongoing paralysis.

This year their generous and loving sponsor, Margherita, also very sadly died of cancer. We're actively looking for new sponsors for Tsewang Palmo and Phura Tashi. Tsewang Palmo is now 8 years old, and in class 3 in Kathmandu.

Please get in touch if you'd like to help with either child's education!
Thank you!

Tsewang Palmo & Phura Tashi Sherpa just before their mother passes away (With Doma Sherpa of Khumbu Adventures)

Lobsang Dolma
(Ladakh, Indian Himalaya)

Lobsang Dolma is the daughter of our good friend Ang Chuk, our driver in Ladakh, India. The Kamzang Fund was trying to help her to find a way to pay for an education overseas to study biology in 2015. She recently was able to get a partial scholarship to attend The University of Brighton in the UK, and we are now trying to help her with her yearly expenses.

UPDATE: Lobsang Dolma got a scholarship to study BSc Biology at University of Brighton in 2016! We are still hoping to provide her with a bit of funding to cover her personal expenses while studying.

Well done, Lobsang!

 

Namaste - Jullay - Tashi Delek - Thank You!

 


Sponsor a Monk

Young monks from Phuktal Gompa, Zanskar (Indian Himalayas) ... You can donate what you'd like, either yearly or on a one-time basis, and it goes towards their food, travel expenses & accomodation at the gompa.

 

Donate to a Himalayan School

The Himalayan Buddhist School in Manali, the Indian Himalayas
And support many Himalayan children at once ...
Pictured the head-mistress Palki, Singge (about his second year there) & Kim.




Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim.
kim@kamzang.com


Namaste!

Tashi Delek!

Jullay!

The Nomad Fund | Adopt a Goat!

The Nomad Fund | Adopt a Goat!
(Nepal + India)

A project in the works that is very close to our hearts as we specialize in nomadic treks in Nepal, the Indian Himalaya + Tibet ...

2016 + 2017 Updates
The Kamzang Fund handed out donations to 10 families of nomads in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal in 2017, and to 8 nomadic familes in 2016, thanks to the support of our Adopt a Goat donors!

2015 Updates
Approximately 50% of the livestock (pasmina goats, sheep & yaks) owned by the Tibetan nomads of Upper Mustang died in a particularly harsh winter, when the snows covered all of the already sparse grazing land until mid-March and hundreds (thousands counting the livestock of Mustangi villagers) died of starvation. By adopting a goat you can help the nomads replenish their flocks of goats & sheep.
Pashmina Goat - $150
Yak - $800

2013 Updates
A similarly harsh winter in Ladakh & Zanskar, the Indian Himalayas, caused the death of over half of the nomadic population's livestock, again including pashmina goats, sheep & yaks. These nomads are already struggling to survive, and this loss caused several families to sell their animals and move to Leh (or another city). Some of our friends ended up working on Indian roads in Jammu & Kashmir, a dismal future!
Pashmina Goat - $150
Yak - $800

100% of donations will go directly to nomadic families (living in their traditionally woven yak-hair tents) in either Nepal or Ladakh. Please specify where you would like your donation to go.

The goals of the Nomad Fund are to help sustain the quickly fading nomadic lifestyle by helping with education and the continuation of their traditional crafts & help in particularly difficult times ...

Adopt a Goat Donations
2015

Lorraine Horn
Mike Donovan
Paul Dunphey
Annie Kaczmarski
Howard Lichter & Bec Friberg
Mr Bob (Culbert)
Sue Wise

2016
Michelle Bostick
Kathy McIntyre
Paul Dunphey
Howard Lichter & Bec Friberg
Helah Tavalol
Kevin McCoy
Mary Gedes
Bob Culbert
Elana James

The Nomad Fund Photos
Facebook Album


Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com

 
Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay + Thank You!

 

Kamzang Journeys | Kamzang Fund Projects (2)

The Kamzang Fund
We look for villagers who have 'fallen through the cracks' in the remote regions of Nepal + India.
We brought Susma Gurung (age 7, Dolpo, Nepal) to Kathmandu for cleft lip surgery and Tsering Kondo (age 7, Upper Mustang, Nepal) to Kathmandu for an undiagnosed hearing issue. Many villagers in these remote regions desperately need attention, either medical or life-style oriented, and we do what we can to help.

The Kamzang Fund has also initiated sanitation and solar projects that will hopefully improve the lives of remote villagers. We have sent bedding up to nuns in one of the Himalayan regions most remote Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and aided in many medical cased, from goiters to cataracts.
 Kamzang Earthquake Aid raised over $40,000 after the tragic 2015 Nepal earthquakes, 100% of which went to Nepal.

100% of all of your donations go directly to funds, medical cases or education.
We donate our time, logistics + efforts, you donate the funding, a team effort!
Namaste + Thank You!

Kamzang Earthquake Aid

Kamzang Earthquake Aid
(Nepal 2015 Earthquake)

After Nepal's devastating 2015 earthquakes, the Kamzang Fund is raising money to aid Tamang villages in Rasuwa (and possibly elsewhere), remote villages in Solu and a few select villages in Khumbu which have been badly affected by the quakes.

We can achieve so much with your contributions.
As always, 100% of your donations go where we feel they are most needed ...

The Nomad Fund - Adopt a Goat!
(Nepal + India)

The Nomad Fund | Adopt a Goat!

A project in the works that is very close to our hearts. 100% of donations will go directly to nomadic families (living in their traditionally woven yak-hair tents) in either Nepal or Ladakh. Please specify where you would like your donation to go! The Nomad Fund's goal is to help sustain the quickly fading nomadic lifestyle by helping with education and the continuation of their traditional crafts & help in particularly difficult times ...

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The Tsum Valley Gompa Lungdang Nuns Project
(Tsum, Manaslu, Nepal)

The Nuns of Gompa Lungdang are as welcoming as they come, amazingly so as their monastery is located in one of the most remote parts of the Tsum Valley, bordering on the Ganesh Himal region. We have provided them with blankets & sheets, and our aim is to raise funds to help them build a dining room. They eat outside or in the entrance of the monastery at the moment.

We would also like to provide these amazing nuns with solar power, and at one point to help them rebuild their dining space!

The Samdo Fund
(Nubri, Manaslu, Nepal)

Our Samdo fund is a cause that is close to our hearts, an attempt to help a family in Samdo,in the Tibetan region of Nupri in the Manaslu region. Nyima Diki recently lost her husband after finally recovering from four years of postpartum depression and is now trying to support her four children by herself. She has set up the most basic of 'momo-tea-chang' shops in her small, wooden hut in the village but is barely scraping by.

We were introduced to Nyima Diki, her husband Tswang Gyurme and their four kids by our friend Clint Rogers, who stayed with the family for a year while writing his great book on Samdo, 'Where Rivers Meet: A Tibetan Refugee Community's Struggle to Survive in the High Mountains of Nepal '. (SeeMandala Press for details) and the relationship with the family has continued from there ....
Our goal is to find sponsors for her children and raise money to help Nyima Diki build a real tea-house so that she can support herself! Currently she is making a little bit of money from her tea-house, collecting yersa gumba in the summertime and portering loads to nearby peaks for foreign trekking companies to make ends meet ...

The Chhunku Ukyab Fund
(Kanchenjunga, Nepal)

Chunku comes from the very remote Tibetan village of Olangchung Gola in the Kanchenjunga region, a far eastern region of Nepal, bordering Assam in India ... We met her in March 2013 while on our exploratory trek in Kanchenjunga, and fell in love with her spirit and positive energy.

Chunku started to lose her hearing about four years ago and now is almost completely deaf. She has been to see the top ear and hearing specialists in Kathmandu but there seems to be no chance of restoring her hearing. A Olangchung Gola villager now living in Kathmandu paid her medical expenses to date and a $100 hearing aid which she doesn't wear because she says it sounds like a 'helicopter'! She can speak English well but can't hear it spoken, so we're now communicating with her though texting and writing.
She was studying in Taplejung, a small city in eastern Nepal, until class 10 when she found she couldn't continue with her loss of hearing. When we met her in Olangchung Gola at her parent's traditional house she told us she wanted to continue her education and start on a career path. She has incredible determination, and isn't willing to let her hearing issues stop her from having a productive and fulfilling life. Her father is the local Buddhist lama in the village so has no income whatsoever, and her mother weaves beautiful carpets to bring a little cash into the family. Besides this small income, they have nothing.
We promised to help Chunku ...

A month ago she made the long journey to Kathmandu with her mother and is now studying in Kathmandu in class 11 at a school near Boudhanath. She is eager to keep learning, and wants to go to university after class 12 in two more years. We are looking for people to help with her further education. The Kamzang Fund/Kim has paid for her first year's education, $1200.
We also want to raise money for a new hearing aid for her, and more medical examinations ...



The Susma Gurung Cleft Lip Fund
(Dolpo, Nepal)

Susma Gurung lives in the small village of Rechi in Dolpo and goes to the Tapriza Cultural school at Amchi Gompa, an hour north of her home. At 9 years old, she is the youngest of a family of seven and has a severely deformed cleft lip. Our Upper Dolpo to Mustang trek in 2011 ran into Susma while trekking towards Phoksumdo Lake and I offered to pay for her to get to Kathmandu and have an operation. We never heard from her parents, but fortunately ran into Susma at school this year after inquiring about her at her village below. We sent her beautiful older sister down an hour's hike to bring her father back up to our camp at Amchi Gompa. Her father arrived at camp just before dark and promised to bring Susma to Kathmandu this year. We gave him money to get to Kathmandu and hoped that they would come ...
Several of our 2012 Dolpo trek wanted to help with Susma's operation and expenssed, so I've created this page to follow the progress of Susma's operation ...

Susma and her father flew from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then took the local bus to Kathmandu the third week of November, while Lhakpa & I were still on the Everest trek. Today Lhakpa & I took Susma to an internationally funded hospital called Kathmandu Model Hospital (although I'm not sure what it's a model for), affiliated with SmileTrain, which specializes in cleft palates and plastic surgery around the world.

We had several appointments with the cleft palatte/lip/plastic surgery department and spent all day getting blood tests, seeing a pediatric doctor and an anesthastist. Between appointments we took Susma shopping and she's now decked out in a cute pair of jeans, a pink turtleneck sweater and hoodie, cute as! I gave them money for meals and transport and Lhakpa & I will meet them again the day after tomorrow for her morning operation. We're so excited to see the outcome!
Their expenses at the hospital will be minimal but Susma will most probably need extensive dental reconstruction afterwards. Our aim is to raise enough money to pay for their flights and transport to and from Kathmandu, any medical expenses incurred and their expenses while in Kathmandu. Susma might well need speech therapy afterwards as well. And we'd like to send her back home with some money for school and new clothes.

Update 2013
We met Susma at her school in lower Dolpo this May and took a few photos of her with her schoolmates. She seems so much happier, and considerably more sure of herself. And best of all, she looks BEAUTIFUL! Below are a few of the photos from May 2013, Amchi Gompa, Dolpo. (And below the before and after photos of her operation in Kathmandu)



The Tshering Kondo Hearing Aid Fund
(Mustang, Nepal)

Tsering Kondo comes from Yara, on the eastern 'winter' route of Mustang, near the fabled Luri Gompa. We met this lively girl of 7 two years ago at our campsite. Amongst all the kids that came for pencils and presents, she was the most animated. We soon learned that she didn't speak correctly. She did make all sorts of communicative sounds and made herself easily understood. We all fell in love with her bubbly personality her and wanted to do something to help her.
Shiven Malhotra, on the 'Last Nomads of Mustang' 2011 trek donated 20,000 NRP on the spot for Tsering and one of her parents to travel to Kathmandu and visit a speech therapist. Tsering didn't show up in Kathmandu last winter, so when Lhakpa & I ran into her on this past year's Mustang trek we talked further with her mother. Her mother said that Tsering didn't have a serious problem anymore so coming to Kathmandu wasn't necessary. For sure Tsering seemed to be speaking a few words. 
We weren't sure what the problem was so left it at that ...
Lhakpa got a call a month ago from Tsering's mother saying that she wanted to bring Tsering to Kathmandu after all. So two weeks ago, Tsering and her father arrived and are now staying near Boudha with a friend from Mustang.
Doma & I took Tsering to an internationally funded plastic surgery/cleft lip & palatte clinic at Kathmandu Model Hospital which is affiliated with SmileTrain. We've taken a few other kids there so know that they also provide speech therapy sessions. We met with a wonderful speech therapist named Ruchi who had suspicions that Tsering might have a hearing problem.
SmileTrain
The next steps were to send her for tests at various hospitals around Kathmandu. Doma has been fielding the hospitals further away and we've both been to the Model Hopsital with Tsering and her father. Tsering next needed relatively expensive medical tests to check her hearing and a hearing aid, and was refered to a new speach therapist as Ruchi was off at a medical clinic in Pokhara. Her therapy isn't supported by Smile Train as she's not a cleft lip/palatte case so we are paying her therapy expenses and transportation to/from the clinic on New Road.
Update Jan 2013:
Tsering has now been in Kathmandu for almost a month, and her therapist says her speach therapy is making a big difference. At the moment she's only got a $100 wire hearing aid, very basic. We'd like to provide her with a better aid soon, which could cost anywhere from $1000 on.
Our goal is to raise enough money to pay for their transport from Mustang to and from Kathmandu, medical expenses incurred, her present hearing aid, transport and their expenses while in Kathmandu. We'd like to send her back home with some money for school and new clothes.
Our future goal is to to raise money for continued therapy, a new hearing aid ($1000+) and to find her a sponsor so we can send her to school in Kathmandu where she can continue with her speech therapy. 
100% goes to Tsering Kondo.
Update Jan 2014:
We caught up with Tsering Kondo, her little sister, mother & father in their village of Yara during our Nar Phu to Upper Mustang trek in October, and she's doing much better. She still isn't using her hearing aid very much, but she is 'learning' and speaking better than she was, is happy and more confident.
We are trying to get her to Pokhara this winter to meet with NAHOH, a local hearing project helped by Whitsunday Hearing out of Australia. Thanks to them for their support so far. More updates coming!

 

The Tsewang Gyinzom Dolpo Goiter Fund
(Upper Dolpo, Nepal)

There are so many villagers in remote regions of Nepal who still suffer from goiters. We met this lovely woman, Tsewang Gyinzom, in Karang village, a 2 hour walk from Saldang (home of the late Caravan Thinle). She developed this severe goiter when she was around 50, and is now in her mid-50s. We would like to bring her to Kathmandu to investigate.

UPDATE: Tsewang Gyinzom is in Kathmandu (Dec 2016) and with the help of Michelle Bostick + Pemma Wangchen we are waiting for a date for goiter surgery!

The Dil Maya Gurung Cataract Fund
(Manaslu, Nepal)

Dil Maya lives in one of the Lower Manaslu region's most remote village, and at age 50, found that she couldn't see well enough to tend to the crops and livestock. The Kamzang Fund brought her to Kathmandu for an eye operation at Tilganga Hospital.

The Mustang Lo Manthang Solar Project
(Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang, Nepal)

The Kamzang Fund, supported by Rita Evans, donated an entire solar set-up to the Lo Monthang Community Center so that this remote village could use its donated computers. The installed internet several years ago, connecting the village to the rest of the world. The solar was brought up to Lo Manthang via the Kali Gandaki River by truck, a feat in itself! The work to transport and set up the solar system was all donated by local inhabitants of Upper Mustang.

The Tsum Valley Sanitation Project
(Tsum Valley, Manaslu, Nepal)

One of our many-time trekkers, Kati, helped Sonam of Tsum Valley Homestays to implement this very important sanitation project at the request of a local inhabitant of the remote Tsum Valley. Now almost all of the houses have their own outdoor toilets, all of the work done locally.



Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com
 
Namaste - Tashi Delek - Jullay!

 

Chharka (Tsharka) School Fund - Dolpo, Nepal

The Chharka (Tsharka) School Fund - Upper Dolpo, Nepal

 



 


Make a Difference ...

If you would like to help sponsor a child, donate to a program or contribute in any other way, contact Kim:
kim@kamzang.com

 
Namaste, Tashi Delek, Jullay + Thank You!

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