We believe that tourism can be a vehicle for encouraging rural communities in their development to enhance their way of life. It can also be a vehicle for sharing positive information and knowledge between various cultures and regions, thus inspiring a positive living at both ends.
Every year, we organize Charity treks to support some rural community projects such as building health posts, schools and agriculture projects and at the same time offer opportunities for our guests to explore new and exciting places besides the common trekking routes.
In partnership with Himalayan Initiatives, UK , following is a brief introduction to out community project.
Nele Primary School; flooring, benches and clean water:
CBSD Nepal Chairman and Tailored Founder Nir Kumar Karki joins villagers to hand saw planks in a traditional saw pit. These planks are used to make school benches and flooring for the primary school. Flooring over the original mud floors provides a cleaner and warmer environment for the children and was top of the community’s wish list for school improvements.
All projects emerge through community consultation. The community contributes one third of the costs as far as is possible, this is usually as labour in kind.
These small scale projects driven by the efforts and enthusiasm of the local people are having a big impact on their everyday lives.
Installation of 500 meters of high quality water pipe brings clean spring water to Nele primary school for drinking and use in the toilets.
Income generation: Agricultural training has been provided locally to help villagers increase productivity and diversify crops. Work is underway to trial several new crops which have the potential to generate cash income for the villagers, these include pear trees, early fruiting peach trees, aloe vera ( for use in cosmetics), oregano and rosemary (for oil extraction).
Healthcare: Five extra solar panels have been installed at Nele health post to provide electricity to a new refridgerator for vaccine storage and to improve lighting at the birthing center.
Education: Aajambari Primary School, Jhareni Village (Solukhumbu)-2013
We have recently completed the permanent school building of Ajambari Primary School, Jhareni (Solukhumbu). Jhareni is situated at an altitude of over 2000m in lower Solukhumbu. Nearly 30 pupils were being taught in this temporary bamboo shelter (right). The children were having difficulties when there was rain and adverse weather and the villagers requested during one of our trekking trips if we could help them.
The school building of a 4 room ( 3 classroom ) with earthquake resistant features has recently been built. Its total cost was approx. £16000.