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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
Facebook Album

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



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