Reach for Nepal Foundation

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

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek 2017

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek 2017

I am headed to Nepal in September 2017 with family, with my two young daughters June & Maaya. Needless to say how excited I am, no really I am very excited.
I will be there celebrating Dashian (Biggest festival in Hindi Calendar) with family in Nepal after – I don’t remember. Surely it will bring back memories of the childhood.

 
Also when in Nepal, I will be doing two community projects around Annapurna Area, alongside travelers from Canberra in conjunction with Reach for Nepal Foundation. And in between that I will be trekking Mardi Himal Base Camp – all the way upto 4500 meters. The 5 weeks are full on 🙂


Situated just east of one of the most popular treks of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, the Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem.

 
Few trekkers make their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp spectacularly situated at the base of Mardi Himal and the impressive Machapuchhre. The trail goes along small winding paths, through magical rhododendron forests. I am looking forward to get some amazing views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli & close up views of the entire Annapurna Range.

 

If you would like to join me, please contact me on 0422 657 897
Lachhu Thapa

Team Reach – Rickshaw Run Jan 2017

2017 started for us with a bang! 3 mates ventured on an adventure on a three-wheeled rickshaw in India on an unforgettable journey.


We only had certain things known, the start, the finish and the rickshaw – everything else was the unknown and little we knew that was the adventure.
Its not easy to navigate the way around India, let alone being on the bottom of the chain on Indian Highways. Mind you, it’s the cow on the top, then the trucks and buses, then the 4WD and cars, then the rickshaws and motorbikes. And on the 2nd January at 9 am it started with a bang, all up 87 rickshaws, teams from around the world. And in little less in a day, we knew it was about the journey, not the destination.


Each morning, we would get up at 6:30 am and start the day before sunrise. Get the rickshaw started for about 15 mins to heat the engine and off we go. We were headed north, and made our own way. There was no plan, no route, no stops planned, no breakfast planned and no rest stops. It was all about the road and we did what we wanted.


We got offered to have tea with locals on average 3 times a day, We played Cricket with locals, Had Chai (indian cup of tea) about 6 times a day, Flew a kite with locals, got offered free accommodation in Goa, Met lots and lots of Nepalese people along the way, and tired awesome new food each meal we had. It was just amazing.


Would we recommend you go on a Rickshaw Run? Hell yes. Go for your life. There is no better way to see India.
And we did all this for a cause. We raised $1000 for Cool Earth, a charity based in England to save rainforest in South America. We did our bit to raise more funds, and it all went to Reach for Nepal Foundation, around $1300. So all up, we raised $2300 for the foundation, made abundant friends and saw real India and its hospitality.


Whats next? Mongol Rally in 2019. Driving 16,000 miles across Europe and Asia from London, England to Ullan Bator, Mongolia

Adventure on

Namaste
Lachhu, Ben & Yog

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.

20161124_194029

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