THE SHARE THE LOAD FOUNDATION
Volunteering and charitable work in Nepal
The Share the Load Foundation began as a way to promote the wellbeing of Himalayan mountain porters and to improve their overall working conditions. Porters form a large part of the backbone of the trekking industry and as a whole is a worthy profession for the many men and women that work in this field.
As our Foundation has progressed our focus has shifted towards development in rural and mountain communities, such as education and infrastructure development, not wholly just the wellbeing of the porter community.
Trekking throughout the Himalaya and through remote villages brings you face to face with harsh mountain living. We decided that we wouldn’t be able to operate as a responsible tour and trekking company without giving back to the communities we love so much.
From the very beginning, we have ensured that our employees and porters and anyone else that we have direct interactions with are treated fairly, looked after well and paid a decent wage. What had started as a company working to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) had now turned into a fully blown charity, aptly named The Share the Load Foundation.
Initially our aims were to provide support, clothing and equipment to porters and their families but this has evolved over the course of the last few years.
Our main objective is to work in conjunction with local communities to further their development and to assist with infrastructure development, such as medical facilities and running water pumps and promote viable educational resources. We hope that with your help, we will be able to achieve our goals. This is why for every Holiday to Asia we sell, 1% of the trip price will be donated to our charity.
The Share the Load Foundation are also pleased to be supporting the Mandali Primary School in the remote Nepalese village of Baluwa. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas and in the heart of the Ghorka region, Baluwa is off the beaten track, far from the classic tourist trail. It is also KP’s home village.
Our latest project is to assist in the building of a sustainable water source in Beluwa. Working with locals to achieve this we have raised £1400 in order facilitate this project, but we need £4000 to fulfil our goal. This will have longterm benefits to the community, as they will be involved in its construction and will also learn how to maintain it for future use. Currently the villagers must walk over an hour in each direction for potable water.
Since the earthquake on 25th April 2015, Lost Earth Adventures have been working hard since the earthquake to make sure that all our clients and staff are safe, contribute to immediate relief aid as well as the long term rebuild. The village of Baluwa that Lost Earth Adventures helps to support, has suffered hugely. The school has fallen down, is in need of rebuilding, the estimated cost of rebuilding the school alone is approximately $10,000 USD (£6700). As the village of Baluwa has experienced widespread building damage you can see that many thousands of dollars are needed.
May 2015: We have matched client donations and we have sent out £1300 to Nepal to help as much as we can at this point. To find out the best way to help Nepal, visit the tab “How You Can Help”.
June 2015: On the 14th June, we held a charity fundraiser, “Abseiling for Nepal” which included prolific climber, Jonny Dawes coaching climbing and balance techniques throughout the day. The goal was to abseil the height of Kathmandu (1400m) which we collectively did throughout the day. The fundraiser was an outstanding success and as a result of this event and ongoing donations we have raised an additional £3500. We are very close to reaching our target of £6700.
Ongoing Relief Efforts: Company Founder, Richard Goodey will be visiting Baluwa in September 2015 with a small, knowledgeable team in order to do a site assessment and begin the building process. We have waited until this time to allow for the monsoon to pass and the land to settle, so that we can get an accurate report and assessment.
Lost Earth Adventures and our not-for-profit organisation, The Share the Load Foundation are now pleased to be supporting the Mandali Primary School in the remote Nepalese village of Baluwa. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas and in the heart of the Ghorka region, Baluwa is off the beaten track, far from the classic tourist trail. It is also KP’s home village.
The village is lacking in infrastructure and does not even have running water facilities. Every day villagers must walk for over an hour each way to ensure they have water. The majority of families work as farmers and survive off of as little as £3.50/day. For many, there is no other option but to keep the children from school so that they can work the land. Despite the hardship there is a great sense of community pride, passion and spirit!
The Mandali Primary School, which is the only school in the region, is also in serious need of a library, text books, calculators and the basic supplies needed for children to learn.
The Share the Load Foundation was originally started to distribute clothing, sunglasses and outdoor trekking equipment to our porters, their families and communities while trekking, after seeing first hand the conditions that they so often live in. This grassroots initiative has now expanded to include other deprived areas of Nepal and to not only provide clothing and trekking equipment, but also to assist in the educational development of school children.
How can you help?
Nepal Earthquake Fundraising
Since the catastrophic earthquake on April 25th we have been raising money in a number of ways, here are ways you can donate to our appeal.
• Attend our abseil event on 14th June at Stanage where we will attempt to abseil the height of Kathmandu (1440m) in a day. £50 minimum sponsorship required to book your place, please contact us to book or find out more.
• Donate money using the donate button below or via BACS payment to Share the Load Foundation, Barclays bank, account number: 40199664, sort code: 209956
• When you come one of our tours please bring any educational supplies, sporting equipment or old clothes with you. Or contact us to see how we can distribute items in Nepal for you.
What will we use the money for?
100% of your donation will go directly towards the relief effort in Nepal, reaching vulnerable and remote mountain villages (providing safe drinking water, food and shelter) as well as rebuilding the school in Baluwa, Gorkha. Lost Earth Adventures and our guides will be donating their time on any fundraising event and any administration costs will be covered by Lost Earth Adventures.
Click on the arrows below to take see some of our charity work and projects in Nepal.
Work In Progress
April 2012 – Ran a teeth cleaning program at the Mandali Primary School, donated books, pens, sporting equipment and class room materials.
November 2012 – Donated 100 jumpers to help the pupils get through the harsh winter. Took boxes of classroom equipment from our generous donors as well as kitting out 4 porters in high quality outdoor clothing.
2013 – Raised £1400 towards building a sustainable piped water source to the village of Beluwa and distributed countless bags of clothing, school equipment and footwear from our clients.
January 2015 – we constructed a clean drinking water tank, ensuring that the villagers don’t have to go on a dangerous journey to collect their water.
Work moving forward:
On the 25th April 2015 an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit the Gorkha region in Nepal. The effects of this earthquake lasting only a few moments, has been devastating for a country we know and love so well. At the time of writing more than 8000 people have died and this number is increasing still. On the 12th May there was an aftershock of 7.3 which can only be described as an aftershock when in comparison to the first mammoth quake. The effects of these devastating earthquakes will be longstanding without external aid and support.
Lost Earth Adventures have been working hard since the earthquake to make sure that all our clients and staff are safe, contribute to immediate relief aid as well as the long term rebuild. The village of Baluwa that Lost Earth Adventures helps to support, has suffered hugely. The school has fallen down, is in need of rebuilding, the estimated cost of rebuilding the school alone is approximately $10,000 USD (£6700). As the village of Baluwa has experienced widespread building damage you can see that many thousands of dollars are needed. We have matched client donations and we have sent out £1300 to Nepal to help as much as we can at this point.
Please visit the “How Can You Help” tab to find out the best way to help Nepal.
Abseil for Nepal: Earthquake Relief Fundraiser
Join us at Stanage Edge in the Peak District as we abseil the height of Kathmandu (1440m) over the course of the day with as many participants as possible! Each abseil is 10m long, so we’re aiming for at least 140 abseils.
We’ll have 45 minute time slots throughout the day and you’ll be able to abseil as many times as possible within this period. Booking beforehand is essential.
The minimum sponsorship amount is £50, with 100% of the proceeds going to grassroots relief efforts in Nepal, particularly in hard to reach rural and mountain areas in the Ghorka and Langtang region that have to date received little, if any support.
Specifically, this will go to immediate relief efforts (providing food, shelter and clean drinking water) and in the longer term, rebuilding structures such as the Mandali school in Baluwa, Ghorka (which was completely destroyed) that we support.
Lost Earth Adventures and our guides will be donating their time on the day of the fundraising event and any administration costs will be covered by Lost Earth Adventures. Thank you for your support!
Every little donation adds up! As an example:
• Simple village house = $6,000
• Guest House (tourism business) = $20,000
• School = $10 000
• Farming tools (per family) = $121
• Rice (50kg bag) = $42
• 20 litres of clean drinking water = $1
• Flour (50kg) = $20
To donate and book your spot please click on the “How You Can Help” tab. Please Contact Us if you have any questions about the event.
Important: You don’t need any experience at all to abseil. You’ll be with qualified and certified instructors to guide you through abseil. All safety and technical equipment will be provided by Lost Earth Adventures.