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.
Canberra charity REACH for Nepal determined to make a difference (Canberra Times)
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