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£200,000 raised in less than 10 years - the numbers speak for themselves. Exodus has been organising tours and treks to this region for nearly 40 years, it is only natural for us to want to give something back. Our focus has always been small-scale practical projects that include providing basic resources such as fresh water and sustainable wood supplies, supporting children's educational needs and helping communities preserve or improve their environment whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit.
Exodus first became involved with the Nava Kiran Orphanage in 2002 and by 2006 had raised enough money to build and help furnish a brand new home built on land donated by a Nepali well-wisher. With this major project completed, we continued to help fund children’s education costs for many years and now our involvement has effectively come to an end.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our clients, we are able to support a wide variety of causes in Nepal and Ladakh, including:
Nalbung Village, Nepal
Set high above the Seti River, we have been helping the village and Kalika School since 1998. The school now has almost 100 students but only 3 teachers including the head master so since 2009 we have been sponsoring one additional teacher. In 2013 five of our Nepali leaders and trekking guides went to the village with 49 smokeless stoves donated by Exodus supporters. The stoves were fitted in every house and the villagers were taught how to use the stoves. We would now like to raise money to buy a small piece of land which will allow the school to build additional classrooms.
Ranbipura Village, Ladakh, India
Since the floods of 2006, Exodus has been raising funds to support communities that were affected. Our latest involvement is in Ranbirpura, a small community of 26 families. There is no temple in the village, which means the people here have communal space for family gatherings, village social events or religious occasions. Exodus started raising money in 2013, and the foundations were laid in December. In July this year we will return to help with the building of the temple, and Valerie Parkinson will be leading a volunteer trip which will spend two days there helping the villagers before embarking on the six day Markha Valley trek, considered the classic trek in the area.
If you can’t make the trek, why not ‘buy a brick’? Your gift of £ 10.00 will actually provide 150 bricks and as a donor, your name will be commemorated on a plaque. You can donate securely online through Friend's of Conservation and your money will go to the Ladakh Temple Brick Appeal - and we can finish the job!
Visit – come on one of Exodus’ Nepal and Ladakh holidays and you will have the opportunity to see our work in action.
Volunteer – Exodus are running a special departure to Ladakh where you can help build a village temple.
Donate – you can donate any leftover rupees you may have after your trip in a special collection box at the Royal Singi Hotel in Kathmandu, or you can donate online. You can chose to support our Educational Fund or our general Himalayan Community Support Fund via Friends of Conservation.
Speak to a Supporter
You can either contact our Himalayan Operations Manager Valerie Parkinson for details on the projects or contact Claire Daniel in the office for more information on our trips that visit the Himalaya.