Fundraising

Australians return home after Community Project & Trekking in Nepal

Some 20 Australians return home after successful Nepal Community Rebuild Project and Trekking initiated by Canberra charity REACH for Nepal Foundation (RFN).

Founders Lachhu Thapa and Lou Nulley started the foundation in 2015 following the earthquakes in Nepal centred on the Gorkha district. This is the second year they have been planning these fundraising trips to Nepal, which is a major fundraising platform for the foundation.

With two, 12-person trips planned for October 2018 almost booked out already, Lou says the experience allows people to directly assist on a project that fulfils the objectives of the foundation, which are reflected in the acronym REACH – Rebuild, Educate, Assist, the Children/Communities (giving) Hope for Nepal.

“So far at a school in Gorkha, we’ve built a water tank, two classrooms, an amenities block, a wall to make the playground safe, a library and computer room,” says Lachhu.


“It’s very rewarding and fulfilling, and I’m also able to work closely with my brothers in Nepal, Raju our trek guide and the in-country director Shiva.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be able to execute all that and to be successful at it.”

REACH for Nepal has formed connections with the University of Canberra, Canberra Grammar School and other Canberra institutions, and is planning trips and ways to support Nepal with them, says Lou.

They also have an agreement with Singapore Airlines to ship limited donated goods for free for their projects.

The tours are organised by the Hungry Buddha’s travel arm The Buddha Odyssey.

Source – CityNews

Canberra charity REACH for Nepal determined to make a difference

A Canberra charity set up in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal is quietly raising money for much-needed restoration work and giving Australians the chance to work on local community projects, the Canberra Times reports.

Founded by Canberra trekking enthusiast and yoga teacher Lou Nulley and Nepalese-born Lachhu Thapa from The Hungry Buddha restaurants in Curtin and Belconnen, REACH for Nepal has also just finalised a sponsorship arrangement with Singapore Airlines to carry a limited amount of donated goods to Nepal for free when volunteers travel for a project.

The charity has also appointed 2016 Olympic gold medallist Kim Brennan as its first ambassador, a position she is “incredibly proud” to hold.

Entirely run by volunteers, REACH for Nepal’s priority is supporting people in remote, isolated areas of Nepal who have not been reached by other agencies. The areas are often only accessible by foot.

Anyone who participates in the trips treks for five days and spends three days working on a community project.

Each participant pays their own way and all money raised goes directly to projects for the Nepalese people. The trip participants are also asked to raise at least $250 to go towards a project.

On-the-ground work planned for this year includes building classrooms and helping with the production of school bags by people with disabilities in Nepal.

“There are not too many things in life where you can make a real difference, but this is one of them,” Mr Nulley said.

“It’s a fairly intense eight-day period but the experience is so rewarding. The people there are so grateful for the work that we do.”

“Almost without exception, people describe it as a life-changing event,” he said.

REACH for Nepal, meanwhile, stands for Rebuilding, Education, Assistance, Children/Communities (giving) Hope for Nepal.

Source – Canberra Times

Reach for Nepal Foundation – Introduction & Vision

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The REACH for Nepal Foundation was established after the devastating 2015 earthquakes of Nepal provides practical and financial assistance to rural Nepalese communities affected by the earthquake.

R = Rebuild areas affected by the 2015 earthquakes, and provide support to other schools and villages that need assistance.
E = Educate – Provide school textbooks and tuition, as well as scholarship programs and vocational training to improve employment outcomes.
A = Assist – Ensure that projects benefit the lives of children and their communities, while also stimulating the local economy by employing locals to assist in community projects.
C = Children/Communities – Our focus is to improve the livelihood of both children and Nepalese communities who have been worst affected by the 2015 earthquakes and other events.
H = Hope – Give hope to communities that have lost family members, homes, schools, income and opportunities as a result of the 2015 earthquakes, or who are otherwise in desperate need of assistance.

OUR VISION

Enable villages to become more self-sustaining

The Reach for Nepal Foundation encourages and facilitates opportunities for Nepalese people to complete vocational training through local providers. This will improve employment outcomes, create jobs and improve stability and harmony in remote villages. With in-demand skills, people won’t need to travel to the Middle East or India looking for work.

The Reach for Nepal Foundation also works with villages and schools to provide facilities so that residents and students have access to clean drinking water.

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Assist local communities to rebuild schools and libraries

With abundant local knowledge, the Reach for Nepal Foundation identifies schools in Western Nepal that need help rebuilding classrooms or other facilities. These projects are funded through fundraising activities in Australia.

In all rebuilding projects, we use local labour and materials. This creates jobs and stimulates the economy by investing funds locally.

 

Provide education scholarships and student support

The Reach for Nepal Foundation, with the support of its Nepalese director, uses local networks to identify students in remote Western Nepal that would most benefit from an education scholarship.

When undertaking school projects or visits, the Reach for Nepal Foundation donates used Australian textbooks to students. If you have school textbooks in good condition that you would like to donate for distribution in Nepalese schools, contact us.

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Enhance the skills of local teachers

The Reach for Nepal Foundation encourages qualified Australian teachers to travel to Nepal and volunteer to pass on their skills and share their knowledge with local teachers.

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Extend participation in sporting activities

Children who grow up in Nepal are often told to study hard. A good education helps graduates find jobs and provide a better future for their families, but it is only one part of the equation. At the Reach for Nepal Foundation, we believe that sports participation is also beneficial to school-aged children.

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Sport is a common language throughout the world, as it connects people. Participating in a sporting activity helps to:

  • Develop decision making abilities
  • Develop communication skills
  • Build self esteem
  • Provide safe and supportive community spaces for women
  • Improve quality of life for people with a disability through participation and social integration

 

The Reach for Nepal Foundation encourages grassroots programs in villages with sports including cricket, football, soccer, badminton and table tennis. In the initial phase, the Reach for Nepal Foundation distributes sporting equipment to the school administration. We are always in the lookout for schools who want to travel to Nepal on such sporting and community projects.

For more information contact the foundation directly here.

The Buddha Odyssey is set to organise their third Yoga, Trekking & Community Trip to Nepal in 2017

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Yoga Pathways & The Buddha Odyssey are again coming together in Oct 2017 and organizing another trip to Nepal from Canberra.

The trip will again focus on the Community Project in conjunction with Reach for Nepal Foundation, while also providing travellers the experience of trekking the Annapurna range & Hatha Yoga wherever possible.

Lou Nulley, yoga instructor at Yoga Pathways & co-founder/director of the foundation leads such a trip each year to Nepal alongside Odyssey tour leader Raju Thapa. Over the years, Lou and Raju have developed a special working relationship and delivered very successful trips.

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Lachhu Thapa, the co-founder/director of the foundation is also keen to join the tour group this year. Lachhu is excited to be going back to Nepal with family and finish off the project in Annapurna village.

The travel group raises funds for the project before they head off to Nepal.

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The tour starts in Kathmandu, with sightseeing of major attractions of a 2000 year old valley. We then head to picturesque Pokhara where we spend another couple of days. From there we embark on a trek which sees you walking up to 5 hours a day on a route that’s less popular with tourist – making the experience more authentic whilst absorbing the mesmerizing views of the Himalayas.

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The 5 days trekking leads you to our Community Project where you will spend another three days working on the project and spending time with villagers, school teachers and students. Yoga is incorporated on the trip where ever practical. We then head back to Pokhara and fly out to Kathmandu for last minute shopping before our flight back home.

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Historically these trips are fully booked, as participants enjoy the blend of trekking the Himalayas at a relaxed pace, making a real difference in the lives of many people through the community project and maintaining a sense of equanimity through regular yoga sessions.

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The cost of the trip is around $3790 (to be confirmed around Jan 2017) including international airfares, accommodation and most meals.

To lock in a spot please contact us by filling this form

Namaste

Lachhu Thapa

Successful first ever mo:mo: & trivia night in Canberra

Last night The Hungry Buddha Nepalese Restaurant, Canberra hosted a Mo:Mo: night to raise funds for the Reach for Nepal Foundation.

The event which was booked out in just under a week back in Aug 2016, raised around $1650 for the foundation. The event was organised to support Lachhu, Ben and Yog’s quest to raise money by doing a Rickshaw Run in India in Jan 2017.

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There were four kinds of mo:mo:’s on offer –

  • Chicken,
  • Lamb/Rosemary,
  • Potato/Spinach &
  • Pumpkin/Cauliflower/Pistachio

The event was a huge success with local community coming together for a wonderful cause, and is sure to be not the last one.

We would like to thank family, friends, patrons, staff and wonder MC Gordon Scott.

Namaste

Lachhu Thapa & The Hungry Buddha Team

Trekking4Nepal to organise trip to Nepal with Reach for Nepal Foundation

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James Tatham, Canberra

Next April marks two years since my maiden trip to Nepal and I’m going back! Yes, that’s right I’m going back. I’ve been longing for a trip back ever since the earthquakes caused the widespread devastation.

This time rather than the Annapurna Region, I’m heading to the Solu Khumbu Region to conquer Everest Base Camp (5,380m), Island Peak (6,189m) plus and a community rebuild project in Pokhara to support Reach for Nepal Foudation.

What’s better… this trip is open to Trekking4Nepal supporters. I want you to come! So many people tell me they wish they could go to Nepal. Here is your chance.

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So here are the rough details at this early stage –

What: 16 days trekking Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, plus 3 days community rebuild project, plus two days leisure with The Buddha Odyssey
When: April/May 2016.
How Many: 6 person minimum.
How much: Approx $2700 USD pp includes the 16 days trekking Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, sherpas, equipment, food and the trekking permit. Plus approx $360-$400 for flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. Plus international flights ($1200ish). Total price = $4,300 USD
Bonus: There is opportunity for the fee waived for 7th participant. So the more the merrier which will lower costs for everyone else.

I think we could do a fundraiser for this event to subsidise some of the costs too.

If you are interested, put your details in this google form

Reach for Nepal Foundation Fundraising Dinner 4 Feb 2016

Our first ever Reach for Nepal Foundation Fundraising Dinner was organised on the 4 Feb 2016. Together with amazing patrons of the Hungry Buddha we raised a staggering $5,060.

The community came together by donating goods and services for the live auction which raised up a significant amount on the night.

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A big thank you to everyone who donated goods and services to the auction, including:

  • World of wellbeing, Phillip donated a package of 10 infrared treatments worth $590, auctioned for $310
  • Terry Freebody donated 8 hours of electrical works worth $600, snapped up for $400
  • Armando Corvini donated a rock climbing package worth $450, snapped up for $260

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The next of the fundraising dinner will be held on Thursday 5 May. Tickets can be booked here.

Thanks everyone for making the night a success. The money raised will be used to construct a water tank at a school in Gorkha District, Nepal.