BENEFITING: Wide Open Vistas
Colin and Sandy Suckling
Colin and my first visit to Nepal was back in 2008/09 to do some hiking through the magical awe inspiring Himalayan Mountains. For any one that hikes and likes mountains this is the Disneyland of all hikes and Nepal brought many mixed emotions to us both. What we didn’t expect was the connection that we had with the Nepalese people along the way. We declared that one day we would go back but with a purpose to help out in any way we could. I personally had a real connection with the young girls that I met from the local villages. They would sit with me and somehow we would communicate in any way we could but what I did find out was that they should have been in school but the family needed fire wood so they were off collecting fire wood from the hills and carrying it down in baskets around there head with their Mothers and Grandmothers. The need of survival for the family outweighed there need for education. If you haven’t experienced poverty then this is raw and in your face. The issue is that education is how poverty can be changed so when Colin and I came across Wide Open Vistas and their fastpacks (trekking & running) in Nepal we decided to take on the adventure of the Langtang Fastpack and immerse ourselves in the people, local culture, the needs of villages some devastated by earthquake and relocated to other regions but more importantly raise much needed funds to support the efforts of WOV. We accepted that all children in our countries get an education but in Nepal that struggle is real and so a basic education is a challenge of many obstacles and yes every small donation can make a difference in allowing children to attend school. So help us change the lives of Nepalese children. And for us it doesn’t stop here as this is only the beginning of a journey a very exciting journey of long term goals and commitment……..more to come on that on our return.