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Previous Projects — 2018

Thanks to the kind generosity of so many, Altitude Project reached our goal of $30,000., and was able to support all projects planned for the year!

Here is a short summary of our projects in 2018:

Support for 3 schools: Provide primary education for a minimum of 160 students, hire and pay teachers; purchase school supplies!

1) Saldang – $5,000 – includes funds for Tenzin Norbu’s school fees in Kathmandu for his higher education

2) Komas – $8,000 – includes funds for a new toilet block

3) Karang – $12,000 – we are the primary sponsor for this school now and will be for the foreseeable future.

Saldang School

Saldang school required less support for regular operating costs in 2018 than in the past two years, as the German group, Freunde Nepal, was able to gain some ground on their fundraising since we began helping them two years ago.

However, there was a continuing need to repair and replace more roofs and we were asked to help with this infrastructure project. 

We continued to support Tenzin Norbu, a Saldang graduate, he entered class 8 this year. Saldang School only goes to class 6. The schools at Karang and Komas go to class 5. In order to continue their education at a Tibetan high school, students must move to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal and a world away from the Dolpo. Please read more, these are truly amazing kids!


Komas School

We helped the school at Komas in 2017 and continued with the same level of support in 2018. This school is also supported by a group from Sweden and a woman from Germany, and we are coordinating our efforts with them.

The school desperately needed a new toilet block consisting of three toilets; girls, boys and staff – currently there was only one toilet.  Altitude Project provided funding for this much needed project. The work was done very early in the season. 

Karang School

We became involved with the school at Karang to a very minor extent in 2017. We visited this school in October 2017 and learned of their complete loss of sponsorship. In 2018 we became their the primary sponsor.

The infrastructure at this school is in good condition and they have a very good greenhouse.


Himalayan Komang Hostel

Nyima Bhuti is a young woman from Komas who manages the hostel in Kathmandu for Komas students who are going to high school. She is the daughter of Tulku lama, who runs the school at Komas.

Nyima has been managing the hostel for four years without any compensation because there was no money. She cares for 26 children, getting them to rise early for their Tibetan lessons and prayer time before their regular school session begins. We were able to pay her a nominal salary for the tremendous work that she does for the children from her village.

125 portable solar lights for villagers

In October of 2017 when we trekked to the Upper Dolpo to visit the schools, we took 15 portable solar lights. The cost of each light is ~ $20 US. They provide ~ 150 lumens and can be hung like a lantern – a very practical design. We wanted to test their durability and usefulness so only took a few.

Very quickly there was a request for 125 more lights, complete with names of individuals and their village location. Many families in the Dolpo rely on fire as their only light source and these lights proved to be extremely useful; as a general light in the home, to travel to the toilet at night; to help students read and study in the evenings, and to visit neighbours.

Many of the older adults suffer from very poor eyesight due to exposure to long hours of sunlight working in the fields at such high elevation (14,000 feet!). They say these lights have really improved their quality of life.

We are able to purchase these lights at a considerable discount for charitable purposes through LuminAID and offer very special thanks for their help! 

LuminAid shipped the lights to Kathmandu. There was some difficulty clearing the shipment through customs in Kathmandu but our good friends at Happy Feet Mountaineering Pvt. Ltd. were able to navigate the requirements in time for them to be transported to the Upper Dolpo and distributed to the people identified by Pema.


Location of  Saldang, Karang and Komang (Khoma) 


Thank you to all who were able to donate this time!

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

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