We recently sponsored two local girls from Essex on their epic charity trek to Nepal on behalf of Essex Boys and Girls Clubs (EBGC) as part of their “Support Barpak village in Nepal” campaign, read a blog about their amazing experience, part-funded by our team below:
Our Nepal Adventure…..
In 2014, my sister Thalia and I were chosen by a local charity – Essex Boys and Girls Clubs (EBGC), to embark on an educational experience of a lifetime!
We organised to trek from Kathmandu through the Himalayan foothills to the mountain village of Barpak.
Then here, we planned to help the local people and children by bringing equipment/gifts and teaching English in the local school.
Our adventure started on the 19th August 2015. After a total of 15 hours flying, we arrived in Kathmandu.
We were greeted by our trek team who gave us a “khata” – a really colourful scarf, which in the Buddhist community means respect, love and wishes to the respectful person.
For the first 2 nights we stayed in a hotel, which allowed us to get used to our surroundings and absorb everything we had seen.
On the 22nd we started our trek. We arrived in Ghampesal after 8 hours, and started to set up camp.
As soon as we arrived however, we were surrounded by the local children.
They were quiet and shy for the first few minutes, but then we started playing a few games and they warmed up pretty quickly!
We then spent the next 5 days trekking: up mountains, down steep hills and over landslides, till we reached Barpak.
After putting our bags away (and getting our cameras out), we made our way to the school, where we were greeted by more than 1000 pupils, teachers and school governors.
We had a red powder dot out on our foreheads and given another Khata, before standing in a line in front of everyone.
We spent a total of three days in Barpak.
During this time we donated 12 large bags of clothes, toys/games for the school, and a total of 500,000 rupees – some of which was donated by i-want-to-foster.
Teaching “head, shoulders, knees and toes” to 11 year olds–>>
Then we trekked back down the mountains to the Tosuli river, where we white water rafted for the next couple of days, after arriving back in Kathmandu for our final few nights together.
The whole experience has really opened our eyes to the way in which other people live.
Nepalese people are so friendly and we are so grateful to have been able to visit them and see first hand everything they have to go through to look after their family.
We wouldn’t have been able to do this if i-want-to-foster wasn’t kind enough to sponsor us, allowing us to buy extra goodies for the children we met when we were out there.