Results – 2018 Appeal
WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $30,000 FOR 2018!!!
Thanks to the kind generosity of so many, Altitude Project has reached our goal for 2018 and will be 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!
2) Komas – $8,000 – includes funds for new toilet block
3) Karang – $12,000 – we are the primary sponsor for this school now and will be for the foreseeable future.
Purchase of 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 on the trip.
Well, the results are in and there is now 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 have proven 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!
We are following the FedEx parcel tracking system with great interest and it looks like they will arrive in plenty of time to be made ready for the long journey to the Dolpo!
Return to the Upper Dolpo!
Our 2018 APPEAL is inspired by our return trek in October 2017.
For more details about the appeal, please read our Request for Support and Updates for the 2018 school year. And remember, donations for the 2018 school year must be sent to Nepal by March 10 – so if you are considering a donation, please don’t delay.
Read about our extreme, challenging, exhilarating and wonderful 29 day trek through the Upper Dolpo from Jumla to Juphal. And watch for the slideshow in the coming weeks.
Review the 2017 Academic and Financial reports
Reports for all 3 schools are now available.
I spent three days at the schools and it is clear that more support is critically needed. This region of Nepal is culturally Tibetan and is largely ignored by the Nepali government. They provide only about 30% of the school funding. We are working with a few other micro NGOs, most of them trekkers and friends, to ensure donations go where the needs are most critical. Here, where so much help is needed, each dollar makes a tremendous impact.
CRA Application for Charitable Status
A response from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regarding our application for charitable status submitted last July is expected soon. We are hopeful that it will be accepted as is but will not be surprised if more work is required. We have been warned that is often the case.
Thanks again to Burns Fitzpatrick Law Firm in Vancouver for their help with our application.
THANK YOU to all of you kind and generous supporters that make Altitude Project’s efforts successful!
The 2017 fundraising campaign for Saldang School was a huge success! Thank you to all who were able to donate this time – 100+ people! The goal was $15,000 and we raised $17,700!
Seedlings in the spring, vegetables in the summer and fall, a bright and warm classroom in the winter, the greenhouse project has been a great success! They have already asked for help building a second one.
2) The purchase of a Thuraya Satellite Phone
so the school can communicate with the outside world to provide periodic updates but most importantly in case of medical emergencies. This is potentially life saving.
Peter Werth was able to purchase the Thuraya Satellite phone for us in the US for half what it would have cost Pema in Nepal. He was on his way to Kathmandu so he delivered it too. Thank you Peter!
4) The completion of the perimeter compound wall
5) A New Source of Water for the School
There was one water supply pipe to the village; it supported domestic needs, irrigation needs and the school. The village complained that the school used too much of this precious resource. Pema located a new spring in the mountain, and needed financial assistance from us to run a new pipe from there to the school.
6) And we asked Pema, the school coordinator, to purchase some footballs and skipping ropes, and also a warm pair of socks for each child!
7) We have contacted LuminAID, a company that manufactures innovative, light weight solar lights. They are providing the lights at a discounted price that they offer to non-profit societies.
I will be able to take some to the Dolpo in October to distribute to households that will benefit from having a light.
8) We are able to provide funds to accommodate Tenzin,
a 2016 graduate from Class 6 in Saldang who was not able to be accommodated at Shelter108. He will attend the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding High School, also in Kathmandu. It is a school of the Tibetan Exile Government.
We received a grateful thank you letter from Tenzin. We also received a message from Tenzin’s father that he “is very much happy and blessed with the support from Altitude project and wishes to convey his warm gratitude and appreciation for the help”.
We discovered that two neighbouring schools were also desperate for additional support in 2017:
1) The school at Komas,
a full day’s walk to the east from Saldang lost the support of its French founder and benefactor. He was killed in a very unfortunate para-sailing accident. Some people from Sweden and a generous woman from Germany had already stepped up to provide some support but they were still short of funds and Altitude Project was able to fill that gap!
2) The school at Karang,
a two hour walk to the north of Saldang, also lost its support from the group that had been sponsoring it. The circumstances around the loss of funding are not completely understood but they lost all of it. They are very fortunate to have Peter Werth of Himalaya Currents step in with some major support. Altitude Project was able to contribute a modest sum to help as well.
Location of Saldang, Karang and Khoma
Thank you to all who were able to donate this time!
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
― Albert Einstein
This is the story of Jigme’s Hand. 9 year old Jigme lost his hand, and nearly his life, because he lived weeks away from medical help, and antibiotics, in Kathmandu. His story underscores the desperate need for a small hospital in Karang or Saldang that is open year round.
Enjoy the video. I was privileged to be with Jigme in Kathmandu for the final fitting of his new prosthetic hand. His joy is contagious! I met with him 2 months later and he said it is so much like a real hand that he sometimes forgets that it is not.
Huge thanks to the Victoria Hand Project and Amit Ratna’s Limb Care Clinic in Kathmandu. Also to Google for providing grant money for this project.
Thank you to you all.
Jigme like his hand a lot. He said it is very useful that he found it like own real hand. He can wear clothes normal as fully. He said he even sometime forget about new hand just feel it is real one.
At the beginning it is very hard to use and now very simple to wear as become use to.
The best thing about it is it makes him feel same like other people around him as normal people.
The biggest surprise about hand is feel so happy, feel like having new life, feel same as others friend around him.
In my opinion,
We are very thankful for you all. Because Jigme is so happy and having new life.
He always tell I am so happy at home as hostel because all brother and sister care him, love him as a family but in school there are lots and sometimes other make him down with word potatoes, egg, etc..
Now no problem and we all are happy…
Thank you so much.