Right now, there are kids in Nepal that don’t have schools. My friend Jwalant is trying to fix that by having yearly charity hikes up Mount Rainier. All of the money he raises goes to building schools in remote regions of Nepal.
Education is key in changing the cycle of poverty – especially education for young women. Education opportunity is one of the most key factors in lowering birthrates to manageable levels in developing nations, lengthening lifespans, and improving the economic opportunities of communities. It’s perhaps one of the best ways to invest in the long term improvement of a community, and make a difference that can last for generations. Helping now doesn’t just help the kids in these schools, it helps the children they will have, and the generations to follow. Thios work is important, and I am proud to support it, and especially proud that it is organized locally by people who best know how to spend the money in their communities.
This is the third year I have done this, and while I haven’t seen the top of that mountain yet, together we have generated a lot of money to build schools in Nepal – donations to my climbs alone have generated more than $20,000 in just 2 years. You guys did that, not me. In fact, most people who donated in the first year generously donated again in the second. Honestly, it makes me proud to call you my friends. The people who have supported me, Jwalant, and the rest of the people involved in this charity have done so much – and we can do so much more.
Let me add: this is an extremely low-overhead organization. You can learn more about them here: http://3summitsfornepal.com/. The money raised *all* goes to help build schools. The climbs themselves are completely paid for out of the climber’s pockets, and the guides are volunteers, so none of the donations are used for that: all the money you donate goes directly to Nepal. There it is used directly in the local communities - local workers and porters are used to haul materials and build, at local costs, and the whole thing is managed by a local Nepali, who knows the communities well, and can work in the most efficient manner to make things happen.
If you have made it as far as this page, you know you plan on donating. I am asking you to consider giving more than you intended when you came here. To be honest, in a couple days, you likely won’t even care that you doubled – or even tripled – your planned contribution. But the kids who we’re building schools for will. For them, it means the difference between having a safe, warm place to get a basic education and not having one. So – please consider giving generously.
Again, my sincerest thanks.